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The Great Escape (Criterion)

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Genres: Adventure, Drama, History
Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence
Director: John Sturges
Plot Synopsis:

4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monauralsoundtrack on the Blu-ray

One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, STEVE McQUEEN (Papillon) plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that also includes CHARLES BRONSON (Death Wish), JAMES COBURN(Charade), JAMES GARNER (The Children’s Hour), and DONALD PLEASENCE (Halloween). The expert direction of JOHN STURGES (Bad Day at Black Rock), eminently hummable ELMER BERNSTEIN (Sweet Smell of Success) score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: May 12th, 2020
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1963
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:172 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    English: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2004, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence
    • New interview with critic Michael Sragow
    • "The Great Escape”: Heroes Underground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there
    • The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen’s character in the film
    • Return to “The Great Escape,” a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

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