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The Longest Day [Blu-ray] [1962]

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, German, Swedish, English, Dutch
  • Dubbed: German, French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002COJEMW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,829 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast.

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The Longest Day is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie. More modern accounts such as Saving Private Ryan are more vividly realistic, but producer Darryl F Zanuck's epic 1962 account is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front-line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate as possible. The endless parade of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton, to name a few) makes for an uneasy mix of verisimilitude and Hollywood star-power, however, and the film falls a little flat for too much of its three-hour running time. But the set-piece battles are still spectacular, and if the landings on Omaha Beach lack the graphic gore of Private Ryan they nonetheless show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mikey263 on 12 Mar 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is without doubt, one of the most accurate and exciting depictions of the Normandy landings ever made. For once it's nice to see that it wasn't just the Americans that won the war !! This film follows the fortunes of several different units landing at Normandy, and then heading in-land in order to overrun enemy positions. It shows the carnage on the beaches, the mass parachute landings, and even shows other important units progress too, such as the French Resistance and the Germans responses to it all. A brilliant film with more famous faces than you'd even see at the Oscars !! The biggest names being John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and Henry Fonda.
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
The first time I saw "The Longest Day" in a movie theater they got a couple of the reels mixed up. The only way I knew this was that every time a major figure shows up in the film we are told their name, rank and unit. This mistake did not hurt the film all that much because this sprawling story of the D-Day invasion sixty years ago today was so huge and complex that it had four directors: Ken Annakin (British scenes), Andrew Marton (American scenes) Bernhard Wicki (German scenes), and the uncredited Darryl F. Zanuck. Granted, the realism of the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" make the storming of Omaha Beach in this 1962 film look like a walk on the beach in comparison, but "The Longest Day" remains along with "Battleground" one of the most realistic portrayals of what it was like for the infantry in World War II from what we will know have to call the old school Hollywood and which ended with "A Bridge Too Far" in 1977.
Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kibble on 28 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
This may not be the only film journalling the D-day landings at Normandy and the events leading up to them, but it is by far the best. Shot in black and white for effect, all aspects of the operation are covered, from the placement of dummy units, designed to deceive the germans into believing Calais was the target, to the tension leading up to the big day, made worse by inclement weather conditions.
What makes this film special is that it doesn't just tell one side of the story, it alternates all the way through, mostly focusing on the allied actions while giving a reasonable account of what the germans were doing.
This adds to the excitement when the landings take place, both air and seaborne. Historically accurate, with adequate free licence to keep it interesting.
The cast is more or less a whos who of mainly male actors of the sixties, who give some wonderful performances.
As you would expect from a sixties film, even though war is a savage business, its clean enough to be watched by adults and young children alike, the foul language and graphic detail that modern day films are written round weren't required back then (we had imaginations).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
In one of this special edition's most intriguing extras, the 1968 TV special D-Day Revisited, the erstwhile head of 20th Century Fox and producer of The Longest Day Darryl F. Zanuck takes a colour camera crew (most of whom worked on the film itself) to the real-life locations of the D-Day landings. Whether explaining D-Day to an ignorant young French bit part actress pretending to be a waitress at the cafe by Pegasus Bridge while waiting for cameraman Henri Decae to set up a shot ("What is D-Day?"), offering his interesting interpretation of how the French language should be spoken or briefly taking off the dark glasses he wears even in his office to discuss strategy, his eyes darting from left to right without ever looking at the camera even when addressing it directly, oozing sincerity from every pore, Zanuck is a screen natural.

That said, for all the egocentric camp value on display, there is also a good visual imagination at work to remind you of just why he was one of the legendary studio heads, with excellent use of a camera helicopter and an extraordinary final shot of the Allied cemeteries that is remarkably powerful and genuinely touching. For all the hokey presentation and grandstanding, there is no doubting his sincerity. When he made The Longest Day he set out to make money, but he also set out to make a tribute, and that comes across powerfully in the film itself.
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