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The Great Escape (Widescreen) (1963)

Steve McQueen , James Garner    Unrated   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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The Great Escape image of Steve McQueen (as "The Cooler King") astride his motorcycle has entered silver-screen iconography, alongside Brando on his bike from The Wild One. Based on a true story about a group of POWs who mount a daring breakout from a supposedly inescapable Nazi prison camp, this rousing and suspenseful WWII epic features an all-star cast, including James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and David McCallum. The DVD also includes a 24-minute documentary about the making of the film. --Jim Emerson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Okay....All the extras are great...and there are MANY featurettes and interviews to keep you busy for hours....BUT..the main point I want to make is for all of you who don't care about extras and figure you already have this on DVD....you don't...
this transfer is AMAZING!!! it is a real HIGH DEFINITION transfer and STUNNING is what they say on the case and its true! Many DVDs say digitally transfered....and often that just means they pulled it from a previously issued laserdisc via digital output...you have never seen this movie this pristine....EVER!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous blu-ray great classic film Feb. 21 2014
The Great Escape is one of my all time favourite films and this 90th anniversary issue is the best looking version of this based-on-fact classic I've seen. It includes all of the same great bonus material as was released on the 2 disc dvd collector's set, plus maybe one more featurette, "Additional Interviews from the Untold Story". Though brief, this segment does conclude with the specific names, nationalities and ages of the "50" men. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The film is great, we all know that.
The remastered audio and video alone merit the purchase.
My problem is with the way they took a 50-minute long History Channel documentary from some years back and "re-packaged" it as 5 10-minute featurettes. All they did was run the end credits of each "featurette" (which were really the end credits for the documentary as a whole) at what would have been the commercial break on the History Channel broadcast. Then, at the return from the commercial break, they inserted a "brand new intro" to make it seem like we were gonna watch a new featurette.
I guess someone in the Marketing department thought that "5 Featurettes" would read as a stronger selling point than "featuring a 50-minute History Channel documentary."
I swear, Marketing people must think we are stupid.
The end result is almost the same, except of course you have to weed through a few extra minutes of the same credit sequence over and over and over if you want to plow through the entire documentary. It's just a little insulting, IMHO.
But the movie is fun, the "separating fact from fiction" parts are interesting without being derogatory, and we get to see Steve McQueen and James Garner near their peaks.
Great film. Buy it, but take the packaging promises with a grain of salt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I remember! July 15 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A wonderful classic, which I hadn't seen in years. Only noticed one bad edit during the discovery of the tunnel by the Germans. Don't know if this mis-edit was part of the original movie or if it happened during the "to DVD" copying, but the same scene, a conversation among the American/British prisoners during the search, is repeated. Lots of great acting by well-knowns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie June 8 2014
By red56
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've seen this movie more than twice and I still love watching it. Awesome cast & wonderful script. Was the sacrifice worth the victory? I would say definitely yes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best April 15 2014
By John
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
war movies ever made. And again, true story, good to see, so we won't forget how horrible any war is. Great acting, great plot, great scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it March 1 2014
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Mc QUEEN is the best , keep you on suspense and show you what the POW had to put up with during the war
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3.0 out of 5 stars Video Grainy Dec 20 2013
By Daniel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I only gave 3 stars for the quality of video and color.
The story is amazing, I just would expect better quality on DVD.
I bought the DVD and not the Blue ray because by the reviews people who bought the blue ray were less than pleased and generally the reviews for the DVD were good on quality.
The video is almost SD television quality (480i)
I don't know I maybe should have tried the blue ray and judged for myself.
If it wasn't for the great story, actors etc. I'd give it 1 star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Lousy History
Too bad they got so many things wrong with this movie. Biggest blunder is there were no Yanks in that camp. Many of the key heroes in the real story were in fact Canadians. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cap
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Steve McQueen's role was Oscar worthy as far as I'm concerned. This movie is one of the greatest of all time, a must see.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD.
There's nothing much I could possibly add to what has already been said about The Great Escape. So I wont even try. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
This arrived very quickly. Was bought as a last munute Christmas gift, and to my surprise, it arrived before Christmas
Published 18 months ago by Kathy Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Escape Movie
This film tells the enthralling, heroic and also tragic stories of the experiences of a group of WWII POWs. Based on a remarkable true escape. Read more
Published on April 21 2012 by ABLamazon
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best war films
The Great Escape (1963)
Adventure, Drama, History, 172 minutes
Directed by John Sturges
Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough

The... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2012 by Steven Aldersley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad not the best
Great it has been transferred to digital format which improves the clarity. An excellent film that is a classic. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2011 by Austin Wright
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