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

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  • 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 (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0ZDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,020 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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135 of 140 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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9 of 9 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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109 of 114 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeRo on 20 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Over 40 years later, and this film still gives 2½ hours of great entertainment.

"The mission is clear. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing a U.S. general from an Alphine 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 it's studio's #1 moneymaker of the year."

Audio: English, French, Italian
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Castillian Spanish, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch, English for the Hearing Impaired, Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Special Features: Featurette (Audio in English only, subtitles in English, French, Italian, Dutch), Theatrical Trailer
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67 of 71 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There must be vast swathes of the younger portion of the population who've never seen this film who'd dismiss it as just another one of those clunky old war films (yeah it's a great film Dad, whatever) and that's a shame. Yes, the acting & dialogue are a bit stiff by modern standards and the action & back-projections are dated but this film still ranks amongst the best WW2 movies alongside The Guns of Navarone &The Heroes of Telemark and it stands up to re-watching even these days. The plot is fairly complex for a film of this genre & age; it is far from obvious who is on whose side and what's going on until the Richard Burton's famous dénouement in the castle. The transfer to DVD is crisp & sharp and the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack came as a pleasant surprise. Great plot, great old-school actors, great location, lots of stuff going bang, no blood (apart from a bit of ketchup here & there)...who could ask for more in a wet Sunday afternoon movie. Cracking entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. V. Roberts on 18 May 2009
Format: DVD
If I had to be marooned on a desert island with my ten favourite films for company, this would definitely be in it! Unashamedly 'Commando' comic action, but with the usual devastatingly disorientating plot twists of master novelist Alistair Maclean. Favourite scene surely has to be around the dining table in the great hall of the castle with everybody struggling to keep up with Major Smith's subterfuge! Mary Ure (sadly such a short life) is one of the most exquisite blonde beauties I have ever seen, Roedean accent, demure, devastatingly pretty (which obviously works for Derren Nesbitts brilliantly acted gestapo officer!) and a dab hand with a machine gun out the broken back window of a post bus! Bond girls never got to this level. Yes it may be a bit silly and jingoistic, but brilliant actors and acting just put this in the top rank for me. Richard Burton, Michael Hordern, Patrick Wymark, Donald Houston, oh did I mention some new boy by the name of Clint Eastwood? What happened to him I wonder?
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