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Some films age poorly, some age well, and some, the lucky few, just don't age at all. John Sturges's 1963 WWII prison break film The Great Escape falls into the latter category, and no single one element of the film can take credit for its timeless quality. Maybe it's because of the stellar cast filled to the brim with Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Gordon Jackson and more, or maybe it's how it manages to make every minute of its nearly three-hour runtime entertaining, but save for the very light time stamp that puts it roughly three years into WWII and the loose characterization of the enemy soldiers as Germans The Great Escape could be imagined to occur during any prolonged conflict. Its specific context has less to do with the 'when' or 'where' and instead lets us focus on the imaginative 'how' »
- Lex Walker
What more can be said about The Scream Factory? They're like the real life Santa Claus for horror fans. Over on their official Facebook page they've announced two new horror Blu-rays from John Carpenter... Body Bags and my personal favorite Prince of Darkness.
"John Carpenter's Body Bags will be unzipped and presented on Blu-ray from us before 2013 closes. Didn't see that one coming, did you? That's all we can disclose at the moment. More details to be revealed in July/Aug."
This trilogy of horror comes from the gleefully demented minds of horror masters John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. Three tales are told, each one increasingly terrifying. The first tells the story of a woman being stalked by an axe-weilding maniac. The second is the story of a man who pays the ultimate price for a beautiful head of hair. The final tale shows what it is like »
- Uncle Creepy
We know that John Carpenter fans have been waiting for more of his movies to receive the Blu-ray treatment and Scream Factory just announced that they’ll be releasing Prince of Darkness on Blu-ray later this year. The 1987 film will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD collector’s edition and, like previous titles from Scream Factory, we expect a decent set of brand new bonus features.
“The terrifying battle between humankind and ultimate evil. A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable of horrors, Satan himself, thus paving the way for the return of his father.”
- Jonathan James
I’m not sure we’ll get every story of heroism, bravery, and ingenuity that made World War II so endlessly fascinating, but by now we seem to have gotten the best of them. The war had a scope involving millions of people on a global scale never seen before so the stories of the atrocities and acts of mercy continue to be uncovered and justly celebrated. And yet, one of the most enduring tales was not about a battle. Instead, the true story of the massive escape from Germany’s Stalag Luft III demonstrates a never-say-die attitude that demoralized the enemy. Thinking themselves clever, the Nazis collected their most troublesome prisoners and placed them in one facility, thinking they would be able to keep a better eye on them. They were all officers and treated a such, with the expectation that they would not cause trouble.
What the Germans »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – Mother’s Day is gone (hope you were nice to mom) and so the studios begin the push for Blu-ray titles perfect for Father’s Day gifts. The coming weeks will see reissues of Clint Eastwood classics, “The Mad Max Trilogy,” and much more, but it started last week with Fox/MGM’s reissue of the super-alpha-male “The Great Escape,” timed to its 50th anniversary. It’s been half-a-century since this mas macho classic became a box office smash and Oscar nominee. It’s held up pretty well even if the Blu-ray release isn’t a great one. Dad will likely just love the movie anyway.
“The Great Escape” features a stellar story but it’s really about the massive star power of its cast — James Garner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson…sorry, Expendables, this may be the most macho cast of all time. They were almost »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Great Escape is finally available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, giving fans of this World War II action-adventure a chance to experience the film in high definition. Steve McQueen leads an all-star cast in director John Sturges' 1963 classic, centering on a group of American soldiers determined to break out of a German prison camp. In honor of this film's 50th anniversary, we have a contest where fans can win a copy of this Blu-ray. Find out how you can win below.
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Things have been hopping over on the Scream Factory Facebook page with multiple announcements and artwork premieres. We've got all the latest for you right here. Read on!
X-Ray (Aka Hospital Massacre): Ex-Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton star in this 1982 horror flick about a beautiful woman who goes to the hospital for a routine check-up and finds herself being stalked by a maniac seeking revenge for a childhood Valentine’s Day prank.
Schizoid: Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes, Joe Regalbuto, and Christopher Lloyd star in this 1980 chiller about a newspaper advice columnist who begins receiving anonymous death threats at the same time female members of a group therapy session she attends start getting murdered.
"We have »
- Uncle Creepy
The Great Escape Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Great Escape Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Great Escape‘s release on Blu-ray on May 7, 2013. John Sturges‘ The Great Escape stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Nigel Stock, [...]
Continue reading: Contest: The Great Escape (1963) Blu-ray: McQueen Absconds with POWs »
- Rollo Tomasi
I’ve seen a lot of movies, but yet I haven’t. This is the story of my life. Is it possible to see every film ever made? No, but you can work on seeing the ones that interest you. A rational starting point would to be watching the classics of cinema, and then venturing off to the stranger pastures it has to offer. I have willingly done the opposite. I’ve seen the 16mm Canadian masterpiece Things multiple times over instead of cinema’s masterpiece Citizen Kane (even though I own it). I’ve gladly purchased Evil Dead II on three formats instead of taking a chance on a film I’ve never seen before. If there were a screening of The Last American Virgin the same time as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, you can guarantee my touche would be planted in a seat for the former.
- Justin Edwards
This year, The Great Escape celebrates its golden anniversary. To honor the 50th anniversary of that film’s release, we’ve compiled 50 interesting facts about the film, actors, the true story, the novel and more, and we’re giving two lucky North American readers the chance to win the anniversary blu-ray of the film.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that The Great Escape will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is “a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety). In 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. By doing so, they unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history – brilliantly portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn – who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. »
- Simon Gallagher
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From remote typing to making giraffes run around in a zoo, here's Ryan's pick of 10 strange and unnerving paranormal powers in cinema...
Telekinesis. Mind over matter. Distant mental influence. Whatever you care to call the paranormal ability to move chairs, bend spoons and cook ready meals with the power of thought, such phenomena are a common presence in popular culture.
This list is devoted to a few of the weird and sometimes unsettling use of paranormal abilities in movies. These are the unlikely and surprising uses of powers, and some of them could be quite useful in everyday life, if we were lucky enough to possess them - who wouldn't like to be able to do a day's typing without even having to get out of bed? If there are any scientists reading this (who just happen to be working in the field of »
To complement tomorrow’s release of The Hobbit on Blu-ray and DVD, we thought we would wander through the vast film archives here at Thn Manor, in search of some cautious souls who, kindred to the beloved hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), have been thrust into the face of adversity. It is often these struggling characters who we relate to more than the archetypal flawless hero, so join us as we settle in under our metaphorical duvet of warm nostalgia.
‘When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth.’
George A. Romero’s follow up to the cult hit, Night Of The Living Dead (1968), sees the zombie epidemic on the rise. It focuses in on a new set of survivors led by Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) and Peter, two Swat team members who help their fellow strugglers »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Last night, Hannibal premiered on Us television - NBC's own take on the cannibal killer made famous by Anthony Hopkins has caused quite a stir and you can read our verdict on the pilot episode here...
With Psycho prequel Bates Motel also impressing the critics and pulling in strong audiences for cable network A&E, horror has never been hotter - so this week's Friday Fiver is taking a look at a few other scary movies that could make the leap to TV.
> Friday Fiver - Kenan & Kel, Sabrina: 5 kids classics we want back
> Doctor Who: 5 reasons we're excited for the new series
"I met this 6-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes..." - remember Dr Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) recounting his spine-chilling encounters with a young Michael Myers in 1978's original Halloween?
The 15-year gap between Michael's first kill and »
Kurt Russell will make a rare on-stage appearance on May 3, at Entertainment Weekly’s new CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles, where he will discuss the legacy of Snake Plissken and Escape from New York, the sci-fi cult classic that made headlines this month with news of a possible remake.
The Q&A at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will be followed by the screening of Escape from New York, the first of four genre feature films that teamed Russell with director John Carpenter. The tandem dug into frozen horrors with The Thing (1982); put the pedal down on daft, high-adrenaline »
- Geoff Boucher
The chances of Butler and Renner starring diminished when New Line let the option lapse in 2011. Studio Canal and Silver Pictures have since taken over the project.
A Hollywood insider close to the film’s producers said this about Statham:
Jason is the type of actor who has the physical attributes and screen presence to reprise Snake…
As well as this about Hardy:
Tom was immense in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and deserves to get a break in a top role…
It is uncertain when production will start but that same source says that Studio Canal wants to get “one of »
- Alex Corey
Blu-ray Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: MGM/20th Century Fox
Classic action film The Great Escape was remastered for this Blu-ray release, its high-definition debut in honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary.
The 1963 adventure film, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, tells the story of a group of allied POWs in a World War II camp who plan the escape of several hundred of their fellow prisoners.
The acclaimed cast includes Steve McQueen (Le Mans), James Garner (The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park), Charles Bronson (Once Upon a Time in the West), Donald Pleasence (Escape From New York) and James Coburn (The Man From Elysian Fields).
Inspired by a true story, The Great Escape was nominated for an Oscar for its editing and is one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films.
The Blu-ray contains these special features:
audio commentary by director John Sturges »
Like it or not, a remake of Escape from New York is very much headed our way so rather than bitch and complain, let's start talking turkey... or should we say Snake? Hollywood has two actors vying for the part. Read on for details.
According to the Daily News both Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are in contention to play the one-eyed badass Snake Plissken made famous by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's 1981 film Escape from New York.
“Jason is the type of actor who has the physical attributes and screen presence to reprise Snake,” said a Hollywood insider close to the film’s producers. “He has a proven track record as a leading man and would do a great job.”
But, said insider adds, “Tom was immense in The Dark Knight Rises and deserves to get a break in a top role. This could put him firmly [on] the A list. »
- Uncle Creepy
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James Cameron's The Terminator is a masterpiece of cinematic storytelling, conceived by Mr. Cameron while in Rome with a fever years earlier (the late director Robert Altman had a similar situation that led to the writing of my favorite film of his, Three Women, released in 1977). Shot in early 1984 for roughly $6M (the amount spent solely on the sound mix of the superb $90M sequel seven years later), this futuristic action powerhouse grabs the audience by the throat and takes us on a wild ride. Despite the inexorable pace – much like the titular villain’s nature – the film manages to come up for air and miraculously never feels over-the-top, long-winded or plodding.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
70's/80's cult action films have been popular choices for reboots lately. Clash of the Titans, Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, The Karate Kid, and Red Dawn all got their chance. Now, we've learned that the Escape From New York reboot could be moving forward.
A few years ago, a remake was in the works for John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi post-apocalyptic action film Escape From New York. New Line cinema couldn't get the project off the ground and let the rights expire. Now Joel Silver's Silver Pictures and Studio Canal have picked up the rights. These two production companies are planning to team up in order to create a new franchise based on the original film.
Yes, you read that correctly. A new franchise. Silver is planning an origin story for the first film, and two follow-ups to make a trilogy. The plan is not unlike Rise of the Planet of the Apes, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Hollywood is to have a second crack at bringing the cult John Carpenter film Escape from New York back to the big screen. This time around, the project is being put together by producer Joel Silver as the first film in a proposed Rise of the Planet of the Apes-style reboot series, reports Deadline.
Six years ago, Underworld director Len Wiseman signed on to direct a remake of Escape from New York, with Gerard Butler tipped to take the lead. Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were also in the running at times, but production company New Line eventually let its rights lapse. It is not known who will take charge of the reboot, nor which actor could be lined up to headline.
The original 1981 Escape from New York »
- Ben Child
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