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The Longest Day [DVD] [1962]

  • SKU: 4417839
  • Release Date: 05/21/2002
  • Rating: G
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (290 out of 291)

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 291 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than I fondly remembered

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      M992
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      The Longest Day is one of my top three war movies. The planning, delays and diversions ratchet up the tension, which then is released in epic fashion by the Omaha landing and other battles. However, even in the thick of the fight, you can't help but wonder if the poor paratrooper who landed on the church steeple would make it to the end. If this doesn't persuade you that they don't make them like that anymore, try spotting the many stars who made cameos throughout the movie. The picture quality is amazing sharp, with satisfying black levels. The occasional vertical streaks and soft images only serve to remind us of the wonderful restoration of the rest of the film. The justly famous tracking shot of commandos charging through the streets is even more spellbinding in 1080p. Coming in a close second is the 5.1 audio remix, which does a credible job, given the limitations of the old stereo source. The handsome Best Buy SteelBook houses the Blu-ray and a separate DVD stuffed with special features. The included documentary, The Longest Day: A Salute to Courage, weaves the history of the book and the movie into the real history of D-Day. It is a must-see, even in 480p. With improved video and audio, and plenty of insightful supplements, The Longest Day has never looked so good.

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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!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Longest Day (This is a understatement)

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      PatriotChief
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      With many great actors and scores of great footage. The days leading up to one of the greatest landings of World War II, is given to the world with insight on how atrocious war really is. It gives you personal accounts of both sides of the conflict, what key figures took for granted and what resulting bloodshed was made. The actors are fantastic, the war scenes realistic and frightening. This has been a highly rated movie for years and today it still holds the torch of why great movies are to be viewed and viewed once again. If you are not into military war movies then you need to view only to understand what ours and other nations have gone through to make the world safer.

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    • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

      An exciting and amazing film.

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      Pyramids
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      I think that "The Longest Day" was one of the greatest classic war films of all-time and it was also one of my favorite classic war films of all-time. I have seen and enjoyed this film several times and I also think that "The Longest Day" had a lot of entertaining, exciting and enjoyable action, mystery and suspense including an amazing and original historical storyline.

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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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