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Where Eagles Dare [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Richard Burton , Clint Eastwood , Peter Barkworth    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Michael Hordern, Patrick Wymark
  • Directors: Peter Barkworth
  • Producers: Ron Goodwin
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0ZDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,114 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.


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125 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where Eagles Dare Blu Ray version 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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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
By England
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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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Wouldn't if I were you. 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.....terrible transfer 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Eagles Dare - Classic boys own adventure 7 Dec 2009
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadsword calling Danny boy! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 20 Sep 2011
By BeRo
Format:DVD
Over 40 years later, and this film still gives 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 'GREAT ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE'
The film adapted from an 'Allister Mclean' adventure tale.
A team of seven are assembled by 'British' H.Q. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Tense and gripping film. Very old but still very watchable. I am pleased that I purchased it and a good price.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Tugwell
5.0 out of 5 stars the Blu Ray vs DVD debate......
Having had the DVD for a good few years along with all the other old 'timeless classic' war films building up my collection, i have been indulging in upgrading a few of them to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonny Red
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I must say this is one of the best war movies to see, its totally awesome and the story line was just brilliant shear magic.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic!
I've enjoyed this film ever since I was a nipper, I had the DVD version but been as this has become my favourite film, over the years I always play it every christmas (due to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KClewl
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadsword Calling Danny Boy
Every cliche in WWII films is wheeled out here in this flash-bang-wallop extravaganza of devious spies, snazzy uniforms and unlimited ammunition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. P. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue is the colour
Blu-ray transfer good not brilliant but what do you expect from a 45 year old movie. Worth the purchase. Buy it great bargain and addition to any film collection.
Published 3 months ago by The Blarney Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD War Film.
An old film of WW-2 but still very good to watch. This is one film to add to your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Shalako Chicane.
2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM - POOR BLU-RAY
As with other reviews, this is a great film but the picture quality is no better than a DVD. Very disappointing. The sound quality is fine, though.
Published 4 months ago by silversubmarine
5.0 out of 5 stars Where eagles dare
I have this already and bought this for a friend. One of the best films ive ever seen with two of the greatest actors in it! A must for a winter fireside sunday afternoon! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin
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