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The Guns of Navarone (Special Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gregory Peck
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 23 2000
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767821785
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,057 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage. As world famous mountain climber turned British army Captain Mallory, Peck leads a guerrilla force composed of the humanistic explosives expert, Miller (David Niven), the ruthless Greek patriot with a grudge, Stavros (Anthony Quinn), veteran special forces soldier Brown (Stanley Baker), and the cool, quiet young marksman Pappadimos (James Darren). This disparate collection of classic types must overcome internal conflicts, enemy attacks, betrayal, and capture to complete their mission. Director J. Lee Thompson sets a driving pace for this exciting (if familiar) military operation, a succession of close calls, pitched battles, and last-minute escapes as our heroes infiltrate the garrisoned town with the help of resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and plot their entry into the heavily guarded mountain fort. Carl Foreman's screenplay embraces MacLean's role call of clichés and delivers them with style, creating one of the liveliest mixes of espionage, combat, and good old-fashioned military derring-do put on film. In 1978, the sequel Force 10 from Navarone was released, but MacLean fans will prefer to check out the action-packed thriller Where Eagles Dare. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Special Features

This special-edition DVD gives the modern-day viewer a taste of what movies were like in 1961. Four curious featurettes are included, produced as publicity for the film. James Darren narrates a little ditty at his honeymoon in Malta during filming; Irene Papas narrates a giddy, old-fashioned look at "Two Girls on the Town." There's even a filmed bit with producer-writer Carl Foreman that showed once at the premiere. The 20-minute retrospective made in 1999 has the expected reminiscences from Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn. Director J. Lee Thompson's audio commentary is a bit frustrating; he's now in his 80s, and most of his recollections are slow in coming. A historian could have brought out the film's history (it was the most expensive movie ever made at time of release) and produced a more vital viewing. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
This was one of the first war movies I ever saw & even after watching modern masterpieces like Saving Private Ryan this is still one of my very favorites. This classic WW2 flick has it all: suspense, awesome & believable characters, great action (of course!), humor, & even romance. The three main stars are Gregory Peck, David Niven, & Anthony Quinn. Peck is perfectly cast as the leader of the group of commandos, & I've always thought he was great playing officers in war films (Pork Chop Hill, MacArthur, Twelve O'Clock High, etc.). Niven is both fun & annoying as the uptight Brit who constantly challenges Peck's authority. Quinn is a real treat as a deadly Greek who holds a grudge against Peck for a past "incident". This movie has many unforgettable scenes: Quinn taking on an advancing German column of troops with his sniper rifle, the confrontation with the traitor, & the incredible climax. I agree with other reviewers that they don't make 'em like this anymore! Whether you love war movies or are new to the genre, this is a definite must!
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Format: VHS Tape
I remember first seeing The Guns of Navarone when I when I was about 10 years old. I was totally enraptured from word-go. It is still one of my favourite films. The action is non-stop. We learn about all of the key players; finding out that, even though they are on the same side, they have deeper conflicts between/amongst themselves - more so than with the common enemy. Eventually, they are forced to drop their differences and unite to destroy one of the most threatening weapons against the Allied Forces: The Guns of Navarone. High-tech (for that era) guns invented by the Germans. Not only do you find conflicts within this team of saboteurs, you find friendships that form among them as well. Even though this film isn't true to the book, by Alistair MacLean, it is still excellent none-the-less. I find it rather difficult to give details of an almost 3-hour epic, without giving away too much information; I want the viewers to be caught up with this stories-within-a-story, as I was. The elements of surprise are truly stunning. I also experienced that my watching The Guns of Navarone several times, I see and/or hear new things that I missed before. The details are subtle as well as obvious. An all-star cast of Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, and Richard Harris. The music by Dimitri Tiomkin is wonderful. It's well worth having. This VHS tape is not only wide-screen, but it also has a series of short documentaries of restoration, the film itself, and theatrical trailer. I highly recommend this.
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Format: DVD
One of the greatest WWII films of all time, The Guns of Navarone has witstood the test of time, keeping the viewer in constant suspense. Beyond the thrilling film itself, the DVD is a must-own because filled with fascinating extra features.
It is particularly engrossing to see the numerous interviews and featurettes with the cast that were produced both in 1960/61 and today. I found it fascinating to hear the perspectives of actors while they were working on the film contrasted with a forty-year retrospective. What I actually found more interesting was probably not even intended by the producers of the DVD. By watching interviews/newsreels then and now with the fabulously talented cast (Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, etc.), one can not only learn more about the conditions under which the film was produced, but also witness to some extent the evolution of hollywood culture. For lovers of behind-the-scenes special features, this DVD is a must-own.
However, I do agree with some of the other reveiwers complaints about the mediocre transfer to DVD. I did not think it was THAT big of an issue to hamper my enjoyment of the film, however--only enough for me to amend my review from 5 stars to four.
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Format: DVD
I would like to add some additional comments to my previously posted review.
I watched this DVD a second time. The DVD has 2 audio tracks that contain different stereo mixes. This time I used audio track # 2 and found it to be much superior to # 1. I also made some adjustments to my TV settings to try to improve the color. I strongly recommend that when you watch this DVD that you lower the brightness level about 2 or 3 notches. You might also boost the color and contrast levels 1 or 2. This greatly improves the viewing pleasure and the color does not look quite as pale as the first time I watched it.
I also made a comment that the commentary track was slow moving. But I want to say that the person doing the commentary, the director J. Lee Thompson, is now 85 years old and he talks slow and because of this it can get kind of boring. But if you stick with it, there are some worthwhile comments.
Based on the adjustments listed above, I will now rate this DVD one star higher. There are still parts of the movie that exhibit a flickering picture but if your mind can overcome this problem, I think you will find this DVD to be quite enjoyable.
This movie is so superior that I would not want my earlier comments to steer people away from the DVD. If you have never seen this movie, you are in for a rip-roaring, high adventure, action packed, suspense classic. A great cast pulls out all stops. If you like The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra, you will go bananas when you see the Daddy of them all, The Guns of Navarone.
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