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Win The Message and Lion of the Desert on Blu-ray

The Message/Lion of the Desert

Preview by Jack Foley

EVERY epic movie lover’s collection should include these two silver screen classics: Lion of the Desert and The Message (Anchor Bay).

Both are available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time on July 2 and include legendary stars such as Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, John Gielgud and Oliver Reed.

About The Message

Starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Pappas, The Message is a 1976 film directed by Moustapha Akkad chronicling the life and times of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

The film follows Muhammad starting with Islam’s beginnings in Mecca in which the Muslims are persecuted, the exodus to Medina, and ending with the Muslims’ triumphant return to Mecca.

A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr and Battle of Uhud are depicted, and the majority of the story is told from the point-of-view of peripheral individuals such as Hamza ibn `Abd al-Muttalib (Muhammad’s uncle), Abu Sufyan (the leader of Mecca) and his wife Hind bint Utbah (enemies of Islam who later become Muslims themselves).

Buy The Message

About Lion of the Desert

The year is 1929 and dictator Benito Mussolini is still faced with the 20-year long war waged by Bedouin patriots to combat Italian colonisation and the establishment of The Fourth Shore re-birth of a Roman Empire in Africa.

Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as his sixth governor to Libya, confident that the eminently accredited soldier can crush the rebellion and restore the dissipated glories of Imperial Rome. Inspirational in the resistance towards the oppressors is the leadership of one man Omar Mukhtar.

A teacher by profession, guerrilla by obligation, Mukhtar has committed himself to a war that cannot be won in his own lifetime. Arrogant Imperialist ideological visionary the conflict is between two implacable enemies.

Graziani controls North Africa with the might of the Italian Army. Tanks and airplanes are used in the desert for the first time. Despite mindless bravery, the Bedouin suffer crippling losses, their primitive weaponry no match for mechanised warfare. And still they strike back…

The film stars Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed and Rod Steiger.

Buy Lion of the Desert

To celebrate their release, we’ve got three copies of each to give away on Blu-Ray! Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Message?

Simply send the answer to The Message and Lion of the Desert competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email