The Longest Day [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1962]

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  • Release Date: 05/05/2015
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (244 out of 245)

Special Features


  • Blu-ray
  • Historical commentary with Mary Corey
  • Film commentary with Ken Annakin
  • DVD
  • Audio Commentary by Historian Mary Corey
  • Audio Commentary with Director Ken Annakin
  • Longest Day: A Salute to Courage featurette
  • Hollywood backstories: The Longest Day
  • D-Day Revisited documentary
  • Richard Zanuck on The Longest Day featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Longest Day
The Longest Day is a mammoth, all-star re-creation of the D-Day invasion, personally orchestrated by Darryl F. Zanuck. Whenever possible, the original locations were utilized, and an all-star international cast impersonates the people involved, from high-ranking officials to ordinary GIs. Each actor speaks in his or her native language with subtitles translating for the benefit of the audience (alternate "takes" were made of each scene with the foreign actors speaking English, but these were seen only during the first network telecast of the film in 1972). The stars are listed alphabetically, with the exception of John Wayne, who as Lt. Colonel Vandervoort gets separate billing. Others in the huge cast include Eddie Albert, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Gert Frobe, Curt Jurgens, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Edmond O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Jean Servais, Rod Steiger and Robert Wagner. Paul Anka, who wrote the film's title song, shows up as an Army private. Scenes include the Allies parachuting into Ste. Mere Englise, where the paratroopers were mowed down by German bullets; a real-life sequence wherein the German and Allied troops unwittingly march side by side in the dark of night; and a spectacular three-minute overhead shot of the troops fighting and dying in the streets of Quistreham. The last major black-and-white road-show attraction, The Longest Day made millions, enough to recoup some of the cost of 20th Century Fox's concurrently produced Cleopatra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
  • Robert Mitchum
    Robert Mitchum - Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Robert Ryan
    Robert Ryan - Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
  • Rod Steiger
    Rod Steiger - Destroyer Commander



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great "Longest Day" release

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    DoctorKnow
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    In this 3 disc release of “The Longest Day,” you get the movie on a Blu-ray disc and a DVD, and another DVD with special features. There is no digital copy. The BD of this movie about the D -Day invasion of Normandy, looks great. The DVD when played on a BD player looks good, but it looks terrible when played on a DVD player. It’s has too much contrast and lacks shadow detail which makes it hard to see the night scenes, which are an important part of the story. The special features disc has 7 items. On the featurettes, they sometimes use the same clips, but this is probably because they were made at different times, for different purposes. Also included are five 4.5 x 5.5 inch art cards with facts about some of the main characters. The plastic disc case comes in a slip case. This is a great deal for WWII buffs and it was on sale for 7.99!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great war film from 1962

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    filmfreak
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    We all have seen the more recent picture "Saving Private Ryan" and other films depicting the War at Normandy. However, this film is a classic because of all the great actors who appeared in this film and put their hearts and souls into the different roles, Army Privates right up to the Generals. This film, in glorious black and white, is a great Classic which is worth viewing every once in a while. I remember seeing this film years ago and I think about all those men and women who gave their lives for this country in order to destroy the evils of Adolph Hitler and his wicked country who allowed this man to have such power and control. "Saving Private Ryan" was a great film and broke out hearts but this film is truly a great film classic.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie - so glad I finally watched it

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    KevinV
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    I'm in my mid-40's and have gotten to the point where I can no longer keep up with the summer blockbusters (nor find myself caring). In a quest to discover old movies, I started with the Universal Monster Series and have now moved on to older war movies. I enjoy reading and watching things about WWII and picked up this movie because I knew it was supposed to be a great one. It did not disappoint. Great movie that I can't believe it took so long to watch. Will definitely be watching this one again..

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic WWII movie

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    coachtim
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    "The Longest Day" is Hollywood's version of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Normandy. The movie is jam packed with a roster of the most recognizable Hollywood stars of the time - including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Robert Wagner, and Rod Steiger, just to name a few. The film is cinematography at its finest and makes the viewer almost feel part of the action. Historically accurate and complete, "The Longest Day" should be part of every WWII film buff's collection!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic WWII Movie

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    BRich
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    great classic movie to add to a collection if you enjoy these older big-screen epics. One I needed to have in my collection for sure. It is of a quality that lacks the latest technology so don't expect too much when critiquing the video quality in comparison to a new movie, but a famous movie from a Hollywood era long gone now. Worth the money to add to your movie library if you like the WWII movies of the 50/60's.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best WWII Movie

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    clk1
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    If you have not watched this one, and are a fan of WWII movies then you should Love this one. I have it first then Band of Brothers as the best of the WWII movies made, and there are some other great ones up there very close to this one, but The Duke and Fonda, and so many other Stars make this one over the top, it has kept me watching it over and over for so many years, its One you should Not miss...!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning view of D-Day

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    KonditorAlex
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    This is a very true to life representation of D-Day without the gore of more recent movies. It goes into the planning through the first days of the invasion in a very believable way. The cast of actors in this movie is star power and it shows without any one actor overshadowing the rest, a true ensemble cast all playing their parts as the real soldiers did.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The first of its kind - and still the best

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    Colf
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    This was the first film of it's kind and really set the bar and established the template for the all star epic battle film. This films was the best of them all and was followed by such films as A Bridge Too Far and Battle of Brittain - but neither of those matches this one. This is the rare film where the total is greater than the sum of all its parts.

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