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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
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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
Format:DVD
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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Format:DVD
I've always felt this film was a Hollywood response to Bridge Over the River Kwai. Same upbeat marching music, same story of men fighting to keep their dignity in captivity. Both even have their own somewhat downbeat endings. That said, The Great Escape is a fine Hollywood film, about as good as it gets for an epic.
This edition has two features that really took me back. The first is a text commentary/fact track that gives wonderful insights into the film and the history. The second is a documentary on the man who inspired the character of Steve McQueen - a guy named, of all things, Davy Jones. His story is as amazing as the story of the film. He flew on the Doolittle Raid - the first bombing run on Tokyo after Pearl Harbor. He was shot down over North Africa and brought to a prison camp in Poland/Germany. He dug tunnels, but was moved before the escape. He was liberated by Patton, returned to flying for the Air Force, became a NATO commander, and was in the control room, he claims, when Apollo 11 lifted off and when man walked on the moon. This was an emotional short documentary.
There are other docs, including a very good documentary on the making of the film from the early 1990s. A wonderful DVD experience. If you can't see this movie on a huge screen, then this DVD set is the next best substitute. And if you want to know more about the kind of men who won World War II, well the extras on this DVD give this movie a great historical weight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film, well acted, based on fact June 1 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Video Release Date: November 13, 2001
Cast:
Steve McQueen ... Capt. Virgil 'The Cooler King' Hilts
James Garner ... Flight Lt. Bob Anthony 'The Scrounger' Hendley
Richard Attenborough ... Squadron Leader Roger 'Big X' Bartlett
James Donald ... Group Capt. Rupert 'The SBO' Ramsey
Charles Bronson ... Flight. Lt. Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski
Donald Pleasence ... Flight Lt. Colin 'The Forger' Blythe
James Coburn ... Flying Officer Louis 'The Manufacturer' Sedgwick
Hannes Messemer ... Col. von Luger (prison commandant)
David McCallum ... Lt. Cmdr. Eric 'Dispersal' Ashley-Pitt
Gordon Jackson ... Flight Lt. Andy MacDonald (Intelligence)
John Leyton ... Flight Lt. William 'The Tunneller' Dickes
Angus Lennie ... Flying Officer Archibald 'The Mole' Ives
Nigel Stock ... Flight Lt. Denys 'The Surveyor' Cavendish
Robert Graf ... Werner 'The Ferret'
Jud Taylor ... Goff
Hans Reiser ... Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer ... German Sgt. Strachwitz
William Russell ... Sorren
Robert Freitag ... Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger ... Preissen
George Mikell ... Lt. Dietrich
Lawrence Montaigne ... Hayes ('Diversions')
Robert Desmond ... Griffith 'Tailor'
Til Kiwe ... Frick
Heinz Weiss ... Kramer
Tom Adams ... Dai Nimmo ('Diversions')
Karl-Otto Alberty ... Steinach (German officer)
I viewed this one again last night, and again was riveted to me seat. I can find no fault with this film. The cast is great, act their parts well, and history has written a great plot.

Both the German and Japanese prison camps were known for their brutality and harsh treatment of prisoners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I remember!
A wonderful classic, which I hadn't seen in years. Only noticed one bad edit during the discovery of the tunnel by the Germans. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lesley F
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
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.
Published 2 months ago by red56
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
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.
Published 4 months ago by John
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 5 months ago by Cap
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Mc QUEEN is the best , keep you on suspense and show you what the POW had to put up with during the war
Published 6 months ago by Terry D'Astous
3.0 out of 5 stars Video Grainy
I only gave 3 stars for the quality of video and color.
The story is amazing, I just would expect better quality on DVD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel
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 9 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 13 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 19 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
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