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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
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 »
- email@example.com (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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With a ton of classic films and an Oscar under his belt, producer Walter Mirisch joins us to talk about The Great Escape, Steve McQueen and the key to producing great movies. Plus, with so much news landing, Geoff and I offer opinionated insight and some insightful opinions on Ray Harryhausen, the future of a potential Downey-less Marvel, a delayed Jurassic Park IV, and the best trailers of the week. For more from us on a daily basis, follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on the Twitter. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #18 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes On This Week’s Show: Bad Mandarin! [0:00 - 1:30] News Avalanche [1:30 - 26:45] Walter Mirisch on The Great Escape [26:45 -38:00] Get In Touch With Us: Ask Us Anything Email Us Twitter Us Call Broken Projector: (512) 212-1301 »
- Scott Beggs
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
Price: Blu-ray $29.95 each
Studio: Twilight Time
The action-drama Hard Times, Hill’s first directorial effort, stars Charles Bronson (The Great Escape) as a drifter who travels to Louisiana during The Depression and and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches. After his first bout, he hooks up with one of the fight’s fast-talking organizers (James Coburn, Duck You Sucker) to set him up with more matches, with mixed and often painful results…
Hill’s second film, the action-filled crime drama The Driver, stars Ryan O’Neal (Barry Lyndon) as a professional guy-behind-the-wheel who steals cars to drive as getaway vehicles for big-time robberies in Los Angeles. Hot »
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U. S. Navy Comdr. James Ferraday, stationed in Scotland, receives orders from Admiral Garvey to take his nuclear submarine to a British North Pole weather station called Ice Station Zebra. Ferraday’s mission, which he does not yet know, is to recover a capsule from a grounded Russian space satellite containing reconnaissance photographs of all U. S. and Russian missile sites.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Alex Corey
The action-packed adventure classic The Great Escape breaks onto Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 7th from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. M&C is getting in on the action by giving away two copies of the Blu-ray! The release celebrates The Great Escape's 50th anniversary and M&C is getting in on the celebration by highlighting some of the film's greatest moments! The Blu-ray release is also timed with the celebration of the birthday of iconic Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who would have turned 83-years-old this year and will feature more than three hours of extras. Directed by Academy Award nominee John Sturges, catch one of AFI.s .100 Most Thrilling American Films. in an »
- Patrick Luce
MGM's World War II classic adventure The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn is speeding onto Blu-ray for the first time on May 7 in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Thanks to the fine folks at MGM Home Entertainment, we have two copies of The Great Escape on Blu-ray that will be awarded to a pair of lucky readers in this contest.
All you have to do for a chance to win The Great Escape on Blu-ray is fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Based on a true story set in 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. »
The action-packed adventure classic The Great Escape breaks onto Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 7th from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The release celebrates The Great Escape's 50th anniversary and M&C is getting in on the celebration by highlighting some of the film's greatest moments! The Blu-ray release is also timed with the celebration of the birthday of iconic Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who would have turned 83-years-old this year and will feature more than three hours of extras. Directed by Academy Award nominee John Sturges, catch one of AFI.s .100 Most Thrilling American Films. in an all-new masterful 4K transfer. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is .a motion picture that »
- Patrick Luce
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
To celebrate the Blu-Ray release, and 50th Anniversary of The Great Escape, we’re giving away two copies.
The classic Steve McQueen flick centres on an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German Pow camp during World War II. It’s an excellent film and one that deserves a place in any Blu-Ray collection.
Along with a healthy dose of special features, the release will include an all-new high-definition transfer struck from a 4K master, ensuring that it looks better than it ever has before.
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The winner will be chosen on April 27th at 11:59pm Est. Good luck!
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- Matt Joseph
Experience one of the most influential films in motion-picture history with director Steven Spielberg ’s ultimate thrill ride Jurassic Park 3D. To commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary, the epic blockbuster has been remastered with advanced 3D formatting that presents the Academy Award®-winning visual effects in a fashion that was unimaginable during the film’s first release. Jurassic Park 3D will be available on Blu-ray™ 3D, a 2D version of the film on Blu-ray™, DVD, UltraViolet™ and Digital Download with an all-new 3D bonus feature on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton , Jurassic Park 3D stars Sam Neill (The Piano, The Hunt for Red October),Laura Dern (HBO’s “Enlightened,” Little Fockers), Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day, The Switch) and Richard Attenborough(Elizabeth, The Great Escape) as they embark on a larger-than-life adventure that can now be experienced in 3D for a visceral in-home experience. »
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Directed by Joseph McGrath, the 1969 cult comedy film The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) and Ringo Starr comes from the pen of the brilliant Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella), based on his 1959 comic novel of the same name.
In the movie, Sir Guy Grand (Sellers), the richest man in the world, whimsically adopts a young homeless man (Starr) who he happens to meet by chance during a stroll in the park. Together they set off on a series of inspired escapades that comically attack the snobbery and hypocrisy of modern society. Moving from one misadventure to another, they have encounters with characters portrayed by such noteworthy performers as Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape), Laurence Harvey (Summer and Smoke), Raquel Welch (Hannie Caulder), Christopher Lee »
The action-packed adventure classic The Great Escape breaks onto Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 7th from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray releases is also timed with the celebration of the birthday of iconic Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who would have turned 83-years-old this year and will feature more than three hours of extras. Directed by Academy Award nominee John Sturges, catch one of AFI.s .100 Most Thrilling American Films. in an all-new masterful 4K transfer. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will host events around the world to showcase the re-mastered Blu-ray. The Great Escape restoration will be screened at the TCM »
- Patrick Luce
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 »
According to internet reports, actor Tom Cruise is interested in starring as 'Napoleon Solo' for director Guy Ritchie's developing big screen Warners' remake of the 1960's classic spy TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
The dapper spies worked for the clandestine, international law-enforcement agency 'U.N.C.L.E.' ('United Network Command for Law and Enforcement').
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced 105 "U.N.C.L.E." episodes, originally developed by Sam Rolfe for executive producer Norman Felton, with"James Bond" author Ian Fleming contributing characters 'Napoleon Solo' and 'April Dancer', to series scriptwriters Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and Harlan Ellison ("The City On The Edge Of Forever").
In the TV series, American Solo (Vaughn) and Russian 'Illya Kuryakin' (McCallum) reported to 'Alexander Waverly' (Leo G. »
- Michael Stevens
In a class by itself, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) was an emotional, operatic Western that fully deserves to be called a masterpiece and it’s my favorite movie. It’s a grand overview of the themes and ideas that inspired the Italian filmmaker to write and direct films in the distinctly American genre. It stars Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale, and my favorite actor, Charles Bronson as the laconic, vengeance-seeking gunslinger. After the worldwide mega-success of his “Man With No Name” trilogy A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good The Bad And The Ugly, Leone could have cast anyone he wanted in the role of ‘Harmonica’, the hero of Once Upon A Time In The West. Charles Bronson had been Leone’s second choice (after Henry Fonda) four years earlier for the lead in A Fistful Of Dollars »
- Tom Stockman
Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! We scoured through Amazon to bring you everything you might be interested in. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com.
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Oscar Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren* are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. »
- Andy Triefenbach
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