The Great Escape (Blu-ray)

Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Note: Audio commentary by director John Sturges, cast & crew
    • 8 featurettes including The Untold Story, The Real Virgil Hilts & more!
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 103,403
[With] strong performances by actors as varied as Donald Pleasence and Charles Bronson...
Entertainment Weekly
May 28, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- Even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia. Full Review
Total Film
Apr 23, 2014
Worth seeing the last half hour, if nothing else, for one of the best stunt sequences in years: McQueen's motor-cycle bid for freedom. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
This is one of the all-time great war movies, a PoW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall. Full Review
Radio Times
Apr 23, 2014
For all its missteps, when it comes to escapism, intrigue, and indulgence, you could do a whole lot worse than The Great Escape. Just watch it with an open eye. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 21, 2019
Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 1, 2007
The Great Escape is simply great escapism. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 6, 2014

Product Description:

John Sturges's dramatization of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944 is arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made. A host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous recreation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humor, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.

The German high command has filtered out all of the allies' most talented escape artists and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. But as soon as they arrive, the prisoners, led by Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts, begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties. For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, featuring many key scenes (McQueen's motorcycle chase, McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall, Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are simply unforgettable.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: August 8, 1963.
  • Shooting location: Bavaria, Germany.
  • Donald Pleasence, the Forger, was an RAF wireless operator during the war, serving time in a German POW camp after his Lancaster was shot down.
  • Walt Floody, the actual Tunnel King, was a technical adviser on the film.
  • The famous barbed-wire scene that made Steve McQueen's career was done by his friend, stuntman Bud Elkins, with one of the Triumph 600s used in the film.

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