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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have the original DVD release SELL IT NOW!!!
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...
Published on June 28 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ESCAPE - TRANSFER, A MODEST IMPROVEMENT!
"The Great Escape" is a WWII story about a group of POW's trying to escape from a German concentration camp. It stars Steve McQueen is Virgil Hilts, a American prisoner who delights in tormenting his Nazi captors with the prospect that one day he will successfully escape from their strong hold. Of course, his attempts result in his being placed in solitary confinement...
Published on May 18 2004 by Nix Pix


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3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY - BAD ASPECT RATIO & VIDEO, Feb. 23 2004
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This is a great movie about a great story but the DVD offers up poor video on a widescreen set and awful aspect ratio on a regular TV set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, Jan. 30 2002
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Patrick W. O'Hara "taparaho" (Salt Point, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This is a great movie, a classic, and worth buying for the home. This is something that can be watched over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool..., April 20 2002
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Chris Letempt (Bentonville, AR) - See all my reviews
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What an absolutely cool movie! This is a timeless classic. Steve McQueen, need I say more...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie: yes! DVD edition: no, no, NO!, Sept. 23 2009
This review is from: The Great Escape (Special Edition) (2DVD) (1963) (DVD)
This is one of the great adventure films of all time. It deserves a better DVD treatment! This edition is garbage. DO NOT BUY IT.

The original DVD edition was shamefully mastered in 'matted' letterbox format, needlessly giving up resolution. This new edition is in proper anamorphic format, but something is wrong with the colors: they're over-saturated, with excessive contrast that 'blows out' any bright highlights. This is appalling, amateurish work, and deserves to be shunned and boycotted.

Hopefully, when they do the Blu-ray, they'll do a better job. (Yeah, right.) Of course, what they SHOULD do, is give people who have now purchased not one but TWO sub-standard copies of this film, a FREE copy of the next, properly-mastered version.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time great war movies, June 4 2004
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T O'Brien (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great Escape (Special Edition) (2DVD) (1963) (DVD)
The Great Escape is a great WWII POW movie that should not be missed by movie fans. In 1944, 600 Allied prisoners of war took part in one of the largest mass escapes from a prison camp. The Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, has brought all the notable escapees in their possession to Stalag Luft III, a "perfect, inescapable" prison camp. The X Organization(the escape committee, begins their efforts to escape by digging three tunnels, Tom, Dick, and Harry. The movie follows all their efforts to escape including digging the tunnels, forging documents, blackmailing the guards, and making clothers for all the escapees. The last hour follows the prisoners who escaped from camp and then the murder of fifty of them. The Great Escape is a truly great movie that blends adventure, action, and suspense seamlessly. Also worth mentioning is Elmer Bernstein's now famous score for the movie which is instantly recognizable. This is a great movie based on a true story that should not be missed.
The Great Escape boasts a truly impressive cast. Steve McQueen became a star because of his performance as Hilts, the Cooler King, who refused to be broken by his German captors. His motorcycle chase and the famous jump over the barbed wire fence is one of the high points of the movie. James Garner stars as Hendley, the scrounger. Richard Attenborough is also excellent as Roger Bartlett, Big X, the head of the X organization. The impressive cast includes James Coburn as Sedgwick, Charles Bronson as Danny, James Donald as Ramsey, Donald Pleasence as Colin, Gordon Jackson as Mac, David McCallum as Ashley-Pitt, Angus Lennie as Ives, and many more. The 2-Disc Collector's Set is well worth the purchase. Disc One includes the widescreen presentation of the movie, cast and crew commentary, and a trivia track. Disc Two includes the History Channel's "History vs. Hollywoood" cut up into four featurettes, The Great Escape: The Untold Story(a documentary about the actual escape in 1944), Return to the Great Escape( a making of documentary, a theatrical trailer and an extensive photo gallery. For one of the best war movies ever made and one of my all-time favorites, check out The Great Escape 2-Disc Collector's Set!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful, June 20 2003
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This movie is so bad, I have no words for it. It has plenty of character actors. yet not one shred of realism.The German war camp is seen as so relaxed, it does not even make sense that anyone would try to escape from it. The reality of WW2 is, many POWs fared far better than those who were not captured. Many US troops were killed in combat during incredibly risky, almost suicidal missions, while the top brass like Eisenhower stayed back in England and had sexual affairs.
In this movie, those that do escape from it are given extremely lenient punishment--something that never would have happened in reality--if you were caught escaping from a german POW camp, you were shot on the spot--no hang dog look, give me my baseball glove and take me to solitary garbage!
The movie is "classic" 60's male bonding stuff, with all the guys getting together for this escape--too bad it is utterly lacking in tension or reality (or engineering sense, or human nature etc etc).
For a good WW2 movie, try " A Midnight Clear", "Bridge on the River Kwai", "von ryans express". This movie is so bad, I am embarrassed to own it on dvd.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised, poor quality, so sad for a classic, Aug. 25 2008
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I LOVE this movie, it's a classic.

This DVD is junk. It is NOT anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), it's in fact matted "widescreen", in otherwords 2.35:1 ratio squished into a 4:3 fullscreen presentation so no matter what TV you watch it on it'll appear small.

On top of that the left side of the transfer appears blue, green, or dark throughout the entire presentation. There are also significant artifacts which have not been removed and the sound does not appear to have been properly cleaned up from the degradation of the celluloid film.

Even for the price (purchased mine at 6.99) it's not worth it. I own the VHS as well and it's better quality and fills more of the screen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!, June 9 2003
GREAT!!! Wonderful!! The Best!!! One of the best War Movies of all times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad not the best, Nov. 22 2011
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Austin Wright (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great Escape (Special Edition) (2DVD) (1963) (DVD)
Great it has been transferred to digital format which improves the clarity. An excellent film that is a classic. I myself prefer the older films in the original full screen but this film it is fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bang for yer buck, Nov. 22 2010
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This review is from: The Great Escape (Special Edition) (2DVD) (1963) (DVD)
The Great Escape - Synopsis
"In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum security prisoner of war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history. Together, under the guidance of the brilliant Bartlett (Richard Attenborough), the resourceful Hendley (James Garner) and the steely, determined Hilts (Steve McQueen), the men plot, scheme and dig their way to freedom... at any cost!"

First off, if you haven't seen the 1963 classic "The Great Escape", just stop reading this review and order it, even if this product was bare bones (which thankfully isn't the case) it would be a great value on the merits of the film alone. The Great Escape truly is one of the finest WWII films ever made on the subject.

Now onto the extras, the DVD is loaded with all sorts of documentaries and featurettes as well as a director's commentary (Which is rare on films from this era)

If you own it on VHS, UPGRADE, if you don't? Go OUT AND ORDER IT! Now I'm just sitting here and waiting for the 50th Anniversary bluray to get released.
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