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The Eagle Has Landed [DVD] [1977]

Michael Caine , Donald Sutherland , John Sturges    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Jack Higgins, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: David Niven Jr., Jack Wiener
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2007
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R82V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,228 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 1976 adventure story set in World War II concerns a Nazi plot to kidnap Churchill from his retreat--or murder him if need be. The large, great cast and a director, John Sturges, who's been down this road of ensemble action before (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) make this project exciting if not as memorable as Sturges' more famous works. The weak ending doesn't help. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Interactive menus
Scene access
Audio: English (mono)
English hard of hearing subtitles
Aspect ratio: 4:3


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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
While the Carlton 2-DVD release offers both the original theatrical cut and the extended version of the film (kicking off with the gathering of Himmler, Canaris and Hitler in Bavaria which led to the fateful chain of events), this only offers the extended version. I personally think the post-production guys were almost fully justified in the cuts and in substituting the original opening with the documentary footage for the pre-credits sequence: the documentary footage is both pithier and also more immediately creates a sense that this story 'could have happened' (rather than presenting us with an embarrassing impersonation of Hitler). In short, the theatrical version is pacier, and doesn't give us so much time to reflect on the slightly absurd premise of the story.

On the other hand, there's at least two scenes cut for the theatrical release which in fact make more sense of the story: one is a brief meeting between Colonel Radl (Robert Duvall) and his doctor, where it's clear that his health is precarious - so making sense of his line towards the end of the film, 'I was measured for my casket months ago'; the other (more often noted) is the meeting between Joanna Gray, Liam Devlin and Colonel Steiner where they recap their plan.

So I suggest that those who already have the Carlton double-disc set are pretty well off and certainly shouldn't trade it in.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good memories - but inexplicable cuts 29 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
One of my favourite Higgins books, and good memories of the film. So I enjoyed watching it again on DVD. Sadly, I am sure it has been cut - with both the 'current day' opening and ending totally removed, and various scenes that appear 'incomplete' including one where the German organist starts playing during part of the grand finale. For a budget DVD it is adequate quality, but a shame that they did not retain the wide screen format that the credits are shown in. I feel sure that it is an edited for TV version that has been put straight to DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great Blu-Ray 12 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The restored picture is sharp and vivid, but the sound remains much as per the DVD version. I am not sure you actually get anything more with this Blu-Ray than the previous DVD release provided, and you certainly don't get the breathtaking new visuals provided by the new Blu-Ray "Zulu" and "The Longest Day" etc.

Having said that, if you don't already own the DVD this does give you a good transfer of a very entertaining movie, plot flaws and all.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top-notch image from ITV DVD 12 Oct 2008
By W.R.D.
Format:Blu-ray
Although the cover states a runtime of 118 mins (all of the ITV Blu-Rays retain their PAL / 4% shorter runtimes on their covers, although in this case the 4% shorter time would still be wrong!), this is the full version as shown in the cinemas (clocking in at 2:15:24 - 135 mins). It is a shame branching was not used to include the further extended edition, but at any rate it is much better than having the 118 mins. version.

As for the actual picture quality, it is the same high standard as with all other ITV Blu-Ray products, i.e. Escape To Athena, Capricorn One, Great Expectations and (especially) The Boys From Brazil. Detail is excellent, as are colours; thankfully, ITV / Granada are not down there with the larger companies who tamper with colour to bring out detail, or turn up the yellow to give everything the brown, drab look associated with so many of today's new releases.

The Blu-Ray is absolutely vanilla, not even a trailer - but if the price is right for you, this disc with its lush picture quality comes thoroughly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great film undersold again! 24 Aug 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The Eagle Has Landed is based on the Jack Higgins novel of the same name and concerns a plan by Himmler to parachute a group of German soldiers led by Colonel Steiner (Michael Caine) into eastern England to kidnap or assassinate Winston Churchill. That they failed is no surprise to anyone who knows WWII history; but the fun of the film is the detail of the plotting of the raid by Colonel Max Radl (Robert Duval) and it's execution by Steiner and IRA operative Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland). This is old fashioned boys own adventure, rather more like a heist than a war film, but with a good cast, good production values and a good director in John Sturges, whose last film this was. While The Eagle Has Landed is not in the same class as Sturges' best films such as The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape, it is still good entertainment and a ripping good yarn!

The Eagle Has Landed has suffered very bad releases in various regions with poor editions in Region 1, 2 and Region 4 (with only had a bare bones pan & scan release). The Blu-ray is hardly a great example of why one should upgrade to HD. The video is acceptable. There are no obvious blemishes and colours are clean enough if tending to paleness. Audio is only stereo but gets the job done. Dialogue is clear and sound effects adequate. More disappointingly, the Blu-ray includes none of the extras now available in the ITV DVD Special Edition. Not a single one! So there are better editions of this film available. However, if you must have a Blu-ray this is all you can get. The Eagle Has Landed is a good enough film to deserve better.
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