The Great Escape [Blu-ray] [1963]

  • SKU: 8912292
  • Release Date: 05/07/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (483 out of 489)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary by director John Sturges, cast & crew
  • 8 featurettes including The Untold Story, The Real Virgil Hilts & more!

Synopsis


The Great Escape
The Great Escape is based on the true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II. At the beginning of the film, the Nazis gather all their most devious and troublesome POWs and place them at a new prison camp, which was designed to be impervious to escapes. Immediately, the prisoners develop a scheme where they will leave the camp by building three separate escape tunnels. Richard Attenborough is the British soldier who masterminds the whole plan, and who commands his motley squad--featuring Charles Bronson as a Polish trench-digging expert, James Garner as an American with a talent for theft, Donald Pleasence as a masterful forger, and Steve McQueen as an American rebel--through the construction of the tunnels and, eventually, their escape. An epic adventure film, The Great Escape runs nearly three hours, featuring a rousing Elmer Bernstein score and exciting action sequences -- including a notorious motorcycle chase between McQueen and the Nazis -- the likes of which had never been seen before in Hollywood productions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Steve McQueen
    Steve McQueen - "Cooler King" Hilts
  • James Garner
    James Garner - "The Scrounger" Hendley
  • Richard Attenborough
    Richard Attenborough - "Big X" Bartlett
  • James Donald
    James Donald - Senior Officer Ramsey
  • Charles Bronson
    Charles Bronson - Danny Velinski



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 489 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Film, Poor Blu-ray

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    reconredneck
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    Excellent film taken from actual events of a real escape during the 2nd World War.. Problem is MGM/Fox dropped the ball on this release. Video - Washed out colors, soft image with no definition to be found anywhere which leaves me to believe some type of filter was used it appears that all grain is missing and faces and detail look smoothed of any fine detail. It's watchable but you will not be in awe of it or enjoy its near VHS like appearance. Audio - Average and you will notice right away that when the strong musical score kicks in you will be turning your volume up & down during dialog the surge is very apparent. Extras - Some very nice supplements are added to this single disc and will answer a lot of film background questions with real interviews of the men behind the actual escape. My recommendation is at $4.99 it's a buy but go any higher than that and I would pass knowing that this blu-ray image is not even close to high definition. Over-all product rating based on Blu-ray video & sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thrilling story and acting.

    Posted
    SIVADLR
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    classic story about a prison break during world war 2. great story and acting. Good action and some light comic touches. A must see film, if action flix are your cup of tea.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    Posted
    Grego
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    I love this movie. It has action, suspense and drama. The only thing it lacks is the presence of female characters and I realize it is because of the storyline.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Finkster
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    Had to upgrade to bluray. Great movie for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A movie classic

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    PK55
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    Love that The Great Escape has been remastered on Blu-ray. This is a movie classic that needs to be in your viewing library!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Old movie, good fun

    Posted
    toedoc
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    Stellar cast in 60's movie about an escape from a German prison camp in WWII. Worth seeing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Great Escape

    Posted
    NordicRev
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    What can one say? I grew up with this movie and it's a classic and in blue ray just that much better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Classic, Long Film

    Posted
    jediprince
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    I picked this up for my Dad as a gift. We watched it together and enjoyed the heck out of it. Steve McQueen and a big cast of actors don't disappoint in this 3 hour film. lengthy but entertaining.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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