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The Great Escape - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1963] [Region Free]

Steve McQueen , Charles Bronson , John Sturges    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, James Coburn
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BMMCE90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Rightly revered as an all-time war movie classic, The Great Escape finally gets a long overdue Blu-ray upgrade. And it proves to be worth the wait.

The film itself is a regularly-rewatched classic, although the version that gets played almost on loop on television never looks this good. Based on a true story, it tells the story of a group of prisoners of war, who plan an ambitious breakout from a Nazi prison camp in the midst of World War II.

It's a long, patient, gripping piece of cinema, expertly directed by John Sturges. And what really, really lifts it further is one of the best ensemble casts in the history of film. Where else would you find Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and James Garner alongside the likes of Richard Attenborough? Furthermore, it's one of McQueen's most iconic performances, and considering the rest of his CV, that's no small feat.

The Blu-ray works hard to pull the most out of the picture quality, and while the 1080p transfer isn't reference quality, it's still very good. Furthermore, Elmer Bernstein's classic score has rarely sounded better. Backed up by an interesting package of extra features, The Great Escape Blu-ray is a fittingly strong disc for an excellent piece of cinema. --Jon Foster

Product Description

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar), and composer Elmer Bernstein.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL BLU RAY TRANSFER,SAVE YA MONEY 23 Jun 2013
this blu ray is transfer is awful looks washed out,and the quality differs in different parts of the film,some times quite good then back to awful.this is the best escape film ever made and its been treated like a 3rd rate b film for the 50th anniversary blu ray release.if you have the special edition dvd set just upscale it on your blu ray player,it's not perfect buts its a dam site site better then this rubbish.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Finally released on Blu ray, I was hoping for something good in the transfer department, but felt a slight trepidation concerning some of the reviews already circulating on Amazon regarding the shortcomings of this important films transfer to 1080p. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the other reviews seem to be correct in their observations! The film titles start off looking soft in appearance, but I accepted this because optical overlays are always involved with titles in older films,(the laying of one film element over another, then re-filming the two elements together) This is not true Blu ray. BUT after the titles finish, THEN you should be able to judge the true picture quality. But it was still soft!!! The film then proceeded, intermittently, to remain soft in its appearance, harsh grain was evident in some scenes but not others. Strangely, when Steve McQueen starts to pour his bootleg alcohol out for the whole camp to drink, the transfer quality suddenly becomes very good, but only for a short while, thereafter becoming very soft indeed, as other reviewers have pointed out. I thought this may have been a conscious choice of the D.P. or Director to add a soft-focus filter to the scene to suggest a mood of intoxication amongst the camp members, but the softness still continued! Steve McQueen's famous motorcycle chase sequence is especially noteworthy as being inconsistent in it's transfer quality! It's like no effort appears to have been made to use modern software tools to make this film shine! The Sound of Music Blu ray transfer is a good example of how a similarly shot film CAN look! Both films were made in a similar period, 1963 and 1965 respectively, both by 20th. Century Fox. Both shot in De Luxe Colour! But The Sound of Music is a true marvel to behold! Also, what happened to the extras? Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Great Escape Blu Ray 11 Jun 2013
I read that the Blu Ray edition was supposed to be restored, however the picture has a lot of grain about it and I can't help but think the transfer could and should have been done far better. When it was shown on SKY HD it looked far better than this Blu Ray. I know the film was made a long time ago but the whole point of Blu Ray is a much improved sharper picture. Personally I would buy the dvd and not this poor quality offering, the showing on Sky HD was much better than this so why the Blu Ray is worse I don't know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Purchase! 26 Jun 2011
By Steve
The Great Escape - Special Edition is well worth every penny of the asking price. The Special Edition 2 disc set complete with an interesting 8 page booklet gives this timeless 'movie' classic another angle to the tale of POWs trying to escape from Stalag Luft 3. As good as the film is, the real gem for me, is with the inclusion of the second disc which features the brilliant documentry -'The Untold Story'. The untold story largely tells the story of the events that unfolded after POWs escaped from the camp and were now on the run trying to escape Germany itself. Interviews with actual escape POWs who were there at the time are included and needless to say, their version of the events differ somewhat to the movies rather 'colourful' interpretation of events! The movie itself undoubtfully had a touch of 'Hollywood' added to the mix, however for most of the part, the movie stays fairly acurate to what really happend (ableit on a smaller scale). Where the movie differs greatly from the real truth is after the breakout from the camp. Don't get me wrong, it's a great film, just not an entirely accurate one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing picture quality ! 8 Jun 2013
By Rob H
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you've already got the DVD, I wouldn't bother with "upgrading" to this BluRay version. I've found the picture quality to be no different from the DVD. Definetly not a showcase for BluRay. Very disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice tin... pity about the rest of it! 10 Jun 2013
I bought this edition cos I'm a BIG McQueen fan, and I collect Steel tin blu-rays.

As previoulsy stated, the film transfer is not up to blu-ray standard, and you only get one disc with no extras! BE AWARE:- The inner sleeve of the tin is not the one shown on the Amazon website :-(

So, overall... a GREAT film, but it has not been given the restoration on blu-ray it so rightly derserved!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Con 22 Sep 2011
The DVD cover has a list of 9 "Special Features"...but there are only 2 on the Disc. Just a short documentary with Cast Members. No Booklet included, no Trivia Test, certainly not a REAL Virgil Hilts Documentary. I think this advertised as the revelations that McQueen played more than his own role and that a stunt double was involved for the more famous parts... including the plastic barbed wire.

Otherwise it is a decent wide-screen version - as is necessary I suppose.

Just search for the best price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film great music great performances 20 July 2008
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
Is it possible to watch The Great escape too many times ?

I have just finished watching it for the umpteenth time and it is as good as ever.

A great cast of British and US actors with a classic and iconic performance by Steve McQueen. Even if you know nothing else about the film you will remember the motorcycle jump of the first border fence by McQueen.

It is easy to forget that it also portrays a war crime by the Germans in murdering 50 of the escapees. They show the machine gun but not the bodies afterwards.

The film is usually portrayed as a war time romp. In Colditz they spend their time organising concerts and escaping in the Great escape they spend their time digging tunnels and escaping.

It is not possible to praise this film too much . It is up there with Zulu , 633 Squadron, the Longest Day.Bridge too Far, Dirty Dozen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great escape
in a world war two prisoner of war camp (p.o.w) all the continual escaping prisoners are put together and do allsorts to try to escape from the camp and Germany ,steve mc queen... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great PURCHASE
Speedy delivery great price great film
. A real one for the collection and the music is not at all bad
Published 20 days ago by Mike the bike
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I first saw this film back in 1963 after spending the day at the Biggin Hill Air Show. I thought it was a classic then and age hasn't changed that opinion. Read more
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Excellent quality and highly impressive reproduction of this classic. Picture is of good quality as well as the sound. Read more
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