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on 30 November 2010
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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on 7 June 2010
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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on 3 March 2011
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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The film adapted from an 'Allister Mclean' adventure tale.
A team of seven are assembled by 'British' H.Q. to rescue an American General
being held at a remote castle in mountainous terrain, unbeknown to the majority
of the team, things are not quite as they seem.
The team are told they have to mount an operation to get to 'General Carnaby'
before he discloses military secrets, or in this case who he really is.
The team assembled are led by 'Major Smith' (Richard Burton) along with U.S
Lieutenant Shaffer' (Clint Eastwood) every member of the team speak fluent
German.
The team are parachuted into the target region, one of the team found to be dead
after landing, it is at an early stage obvious that his death is no accident.
The Castle and it's surrounds are well fortified with a heavy German troop presence,
the chances of success seem slim.
When reaching the town below the Castle, a second team member is killed, is there
an undercover agent among them ?
The Germans seem to be one step ahead as the remaining members of the team
are captured, however 'Lieutenant Shaffer' and 'Major Smith' escape to continue
the mission with the help of agent 'Mary Ellison' who has infiltrated the Castle
undercover.
This a well crafted and exciting adventure with plenty of explosive action along the way.
Picture Quality is superior to it's DVD version however is a little grainy, the sound quality
adequate,
Well worth a re-visit or indeed a first viewing.
Film ( 1968 ) 155 minutes.
Extra Features -
*Vintage featurette on location : Where Eagles Dare
*Theatrical Trailer
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on 12 May 2004
"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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 February 2016
Directed by Brian G. Hutton and adapted to the screen from his own novel by Alistair MacLean, Where Eagles Dare stars Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Music is scored by Ron Goodwin and cinematography is by Arthur Ibbetson.

A small group of allied agents are sent on a mission to rescue a Allied General from a Nazi castle stronghold. But there is more that what meets the eye here...

Boys own men on a mission in grandiose strokes, MacLean's complex story makes for riveting and exciting entertainment. The story twists and turns like a Python, so full attention to conversational details is very much required, yet it's the fun and kinetic action that hold the most attention. There are stunts galore amongst the Austrian Alps (beautifully photographed by Ibbetson), and as the espionage hokum reaches its crescendo status, so does the explosions, with the makers wasting no opportunity to blow everything up. Burton is classy and enjoying himself, Eastwood laconic and cool, while good support comes from Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern and Donald Houston. The running time is a touch too long as MacLean's prose is given weighty treatment for extended chatter, and some back projection work feels unnecessarily cheap, but this is good old machismo fuelled classic cinema regardless. 9/10
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on 27 November 2005
WED is the most entertaining war movie ever made. The great Burton & Eastwood infiltrate a snowy German castle fortess in order to perform a suicide rescue mission. The movie has everything- sneaking into the castle on top of a cable car (check the vertigo downhill shots) climbing up the side of the castle on ropes, Clint's cool shootout with two machine guns two handed, Burton's famous fight on top of the cable car. it's a rip roaring adventure to say the least, they don't make em like this anymore. Also starring is 'Ingrid Pitt' ding dong say no more. If you like WW11 movies & alot of action then get this DVD now. it also includes an On Location programme plus the original trailor. It's a wonderful movie.
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VINE VOICEon 9 March 2004
Epic war pic where Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood manage to unmask most of the German spy network in England, slip Jerry the wrong plans for the second front, kill the leading members of the Abwehr in Southern Bavaria, and destroy half of the local Wehrmacht- all in a little over two hours. Terrific score by Ron Goodwin, great action sequences and a commanding performance by Burton give this the "must see" imprimateur. Meanwhile it's obvious why the Nazis lost the war- since they rate one worse than Imperial Stormtroopers in the "can't hit the broadside of a barn" shooting stakes. Our plucky Allied troops more or less shoot themselves out of anywhere and anything....
However the radio call-sign "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" is now part of British folklore; the cable-car sequence is unmatched in spectacle; and the whole film makes you cheer up and feel better about the world. For once the Brits are portrayed as cooly proficient rather than public school chumps. What with the Yanks playing second fiddle, it's almost like the good old days ....
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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. This isn't the usual linear plot, where the heroes have a clear objective, you have to watch right to the end to find out what everyone is really up to.

This DVD release is pretty good and does the film justice. The print, in the original 2.4:1 widescreen, is nicely remastered and looks good. The soundtrack is in 5.1 surround, and sounds darned good. Extras are limited to a short `making of' and theatrical trailer, which are interesting. A great release for a great film.
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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2004
Epic war pic where Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood manage to unmask most of the German spy network in England, slip Jerry the wrong plans for the second front, kill the leading members of the Abwehr in Southern Bavaria, and destroy half of the local Wehrmacht- all in a little over two hours. Terrific score by Ron Goodwin, great action sequences and a commanding performance by Burton give this the "must see" imprimateur. Meanwhile it's obvious why the Nazis lost the war- since they rate one worse than Imperial Stormtroopers in the "can't hit the broadside of a barn" shooting stakes. Our plucky Allied troops more or less shoot themselves out of anywhere and anything....
However the radio call-sign "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" is now part of British folklore; the cable-car sequence is unmatched in spectacle; and the whole film makes you cheer up and feel better about the world. For once the Brits are portrayed as cooly proficient rather than public school chumps. What with the Yanks playing second fiddle, it's almost like the good old days ....
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