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Where Eagles Dare [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Michael Hordern, Patrick Wymark
  • Directors: Brian G. Hutton
  • Producers: Elliott Kastner
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, Italian, English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0ZDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

During World War II, seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Richard Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival, and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit. Alistair Maclean wrote the screenplay and the film is reported to be amongst director Quentin Tarantino's favourites.

Synopsis

The mission is clear. Get in. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing a U.S. general from an Alpine fortress should also be told to trust nothing - including the search-and-rescue orders just issued. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood go Where Eagles Dare in this twisty World War II thriller written by action master Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra) and directed by Brian G. Hutton (Kelly's Heroes). Known for fiery dramatic roles, Burton ventures into the realm of movie pyrotechnics with dynamic efficiency. And Eastwood's cool-fire presence heightens one searing action sequence after another. The film became Eastwood's then-largest hit and its studio's 1 moneymaker of the year.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful By livng today on 30 Nov 2010
Format: Blu-ray
If the transfer of this film was a showcase for Blu Ray no one would buy any. Having seen this film in 70mm years ago I know what quality is possible and this disc falls well short of that. So if you already own the DVD - save your money - as this disc will not enhance your enjoyment, in fact I think it's worse. Maybe next time the studio will get it right and even put the intermission back in.

Basically this is a five star movie on a one star disc which for me dispels the idea that a Blu Ray disc, by implication, is better quality.
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful By England on 7 Jun 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I cannot see that the June 2010 Blu Ray is any better than the dvd version. In cases it is very dark and doesn't seem as good as the DVD! I think the same print must have been used and no effort seems to have been made to remaster or clean up. What a shame. Where Eagles Dare is one of my favourite WW2 films. Why issue this?
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Pender on 3 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This Blu-Ray print has the poorest picture quality I have ever seen on Blu-Ray, washed out colours and low contrast. The recent (not necessarily the current) versions on DVD have far superior picture quality i.e. better colour rendition and contrast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the most entertaining films I've ever seen. Action packed, a plot full of twists and turns, more action, some great performances, yet more action and a classic score form Ron Goodwin, this film has it all.

The plot follows a small group of commandoes in WW2, sent on a vital mission to a German stronghold to rescue a top American general before he can tell all about the plans for the allied invasion of Europe. The group is headed up by Richard Burton, in a rare departure into the action genre, accompanied by Clint Eastwood as the token American. But just where does everyone's loyalties really lie? And just what is the group's real mission in Bavaria??

The plot is a corker. It has twist and turns aplenty, right up until the final thrilling denouement, and you really have to concentrate to keep up with just who is double crossing who. On top of that, there are lots of thrilling action sequences, mainly starring Clint Eastwood and his magic machine gun that never runs out of ammo. Eastwood strides around looking moody and dangerous. Burton, as the heroic Smith, is perfectly cast, and slips in and out of his various cover stories with believable ease. Other plaudits must go to Ingrid Pitt as an unexpected ally, and Michael Hordern as the somewhat frayed and weary head of MI6.

So far, so typical `60s war film. What makes this stand out is some great photography - the Bavarian Alps are used to great effect, and a score from Ron Goodwin. The opening shot as the aeroplane flies in over the snow covered Alps to the military drum beat is classic. Added into this is a great script from Alistair MacLean, in which the goal of the group is not revealed right until the final reel.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Roberts on 12 May 2004
Format: DVD
"Broadsword calling Danny Boy." Say that line to anyone over the age of twenty five and they will immediately know which film you are talking about, possibly the greatest war movie of all time. No matter how many times I see this film, I never tire of it.
Everything about it is right on the money, excellent musical score, terriffic performances from Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and some great action sequences. Check out Burton's fight atop the cable car or Eastwoods shoot out with the Nazi's. These two action sequences stand up to anything Hollywood can produce today and this film is thirty years old!!!
The best thing about "Where Eagles Dare" is it actually acknowledges that it wasn't just America that won the war, in this, the Brits actually play a vital role. Horrah!
That old saying; "They don't make them like they used to," may be well worn and overused, but in this case it is true. A wonderful film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dryburgh on 17 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
For some this movie will need no introduction - and you'll probably be quite adept at quoting lines like "Broad Sword calling Danny Boy", and "A hole, is a hole, is a hole, is a hole..."

For the remaining men (as women seem to dislike war movies - can never work out why) you need this in your life.

One of the most satisfying movies ever to cozy in to on a raining Sunday afternoon with nothing but a case of beer to keep you company.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steveosnapper on 8 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite war movies. The 5 stars are for the movie itself, 1 star would be for the transfer to blu ray. It`s very poor indeed, what saves the blu ray is the HD Master 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, that is brilliant!!! That said, it is STILL better than the dvd version in my opinion. If you love this film, I think the blu ray is worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 18 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
The perfect gift for all movie enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER

In the tradition of films like The Guns of Navarone comes this World War II Adventure Film. Both are based on Alistair MacLean novels and have more in common with spy thrillers then any war drama. Where Eagles Dare in particular reminded me of the various James Bond films of the era, especially On Her Majesty's Secret Service for obvious reasons. OHMSS would actually come out the following year.

Burton makes for an unexpectedly engaging action hero and seems intriguingly comfortable, especially during a brutal fight on top of a moving cable car that still makes me wince even after all these viewings. Eastwood, who had not quite hit the A-list as yet, shows all of his qualities and also seems very comfortable as a straightforward action hero who doesn't get much to say but makes up for it by gunning down half the Nazis that were probably on the planet.

You don't put Where Eagles Dare on looking for a realistic portrayal of WW2 - you put it on to have two and a half hours of cracking action. It's one of the very best war action films ever made and you even get the lovely Mary Ure wielding a machine-gun. What more could you ask for?
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