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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape From Alcatraz
I'm not that much of a film buff to know whether Escape from Alcatraz was the first of the great prison break movies, but certainly looking at films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile or Lock Up you can certainly see the influence that this film has had. For that reason alone you could probably rightly call this excellent film a classic.
Clint Eastwood makes...
Published on 4 May 2005 by Rich Milligan

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Blu-Ray
This review is about the PRODUCT, and not the FILM.

Well to be quite honest, I am very disappointed with this release. At no point during the film are you convinced you are watching a "high definition" transfer, as it is not that much superior to the DVD release. Now, there will be some who would argue of the films age (1979), but that is no excuse,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape From Alcatraz, 4 May 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
I'm not that much of a film buff to know whether Escape from Alcatraz was the first of the great prison break movies, but certainly looking at films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile or Lock Up you can certainly see the influence that this film has had. For that reason alone you could probably rightly call this excellent film a classic.
Clint Eastwood makes the film his own with a majestic powerful performance, letting his acting do the talking rather than relying on dialogue. In fact the whole film is quite light on dialogue, instead the tension and the frustration of prison life is shown through the actions of the inmates.
Great performances also from Paul Benjamin as the librarian English, Larry Hankin as Charlie Butts and Patrick McGoohan as the almost humanless warden.
Just one of those films that you really just "have" to have seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can he escape? Of course he can..., 27 April 2008
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Tangerine "tangerineman" (North Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Clint Eastwood takes the role of Frank Morris a very intelligent bank robber who supposedly escaped from Alcatraz. The film depicts Morris planning his way out (escaping through the cell wall with a pair of nail clippers). Once through this he as able to work out where the best place would be to escape from as well as construct a raft of some description and create a dummy to place in his bed so guards would not notice his abscence. Undeniable brilliance. Whilst Eastwood is without doubt the star and performs well I always feel that Patrick McGoohan as the Warden is most intense. The film wouldn't work without him. A great performance in my eyes. The bottom line is that this film is fascinating, enjoyable and entertaining. Not a bad combination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture, lacking in extras., 6 July 2013
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The film itself is enthralling and Eastwood is watchable as ever, giving more with the raising of an eyebrow than many actors can deliver in several lines.

The Blu-Ray is a really good picture upgrade, it looks nice and clean and is a serious upgrade from the DVD. Not sure why some reviewers are a bit down on the picture, I ran it through a decent 42" HD TV and it looked great.

Sound is nothing to write home about, claims to be in TrueHD but is no different to standard DVD and did not challenge my sound system at all but no loss in a film like this.

The only dissapointment is the complete lack of extras. In the modern era you expect more from Blu-Ray but for the right price this is a good buy, and given the lack of 'high profile' it's unlikely we will see a special edition any time soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'NOBODY ESCAPES', 16 Jun 2013
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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'Clint Eastwood' gives a gritty and convincing performance as bank
robber 'Frank Morris'
He's sent to serve out his remaining term of imprisonment at the
infamous 'Alcatraz' penitentiary.
'Frank' has a history of escaping prison, however 'Alcatraz' has a
reputation to uphold......nobody escapes.
compelling viewing.
the film is based on factual accounts leading up to the escape.
also filmed on location at 'San Francisco's' notorious prison.
unlike many of the Blu-ray transfers of 'Clint's' movies some effort
has been made in terms of picture quality, though still some ways short of
what I believe could be achieved when the film company's have the will to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent., 12 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Of course this is a classic film, so no complaints there. The picture quality on this DVD is excellent for such an old film, and I was very impressed with it; an anamorphic transfer with a good bitrate for the video. Colours are clear, contrast is good and the grain is handled well.

The audio is encoded at 192kbps 2.0 channel (but is in fact mono), but to be honest I prefer this to 'digitally remastered' 5.1 surround or some such - the original always seems better quality, tho less flashy if you have a surround system.

If you're an Alcatraz fan, you will surely love this DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They made it, or did they., 13 Nov 2014
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Perhaps one of Clint Eastwoods lesser appreciated films. But this film is a cracker, and in my top 10 best films Eastwood has ever made. I am a massive fan of Eastwood and own every single one of his films and the Raw Hide collection. I have multiple copies of his films on DVD and Bluray, including limited editions, box sets etc. I even have many of the movie sound tracks and recently went to his ranch in Carmel By The Sea and had a wonderful meal. Anyway that's enough showing off, but I just wanted to clarify how much of a fan I am.

Escape From Alcatraz is true story about inmate Frank Morris, played brilliantly by Eastwood, who is mastermind escapest with a very high IQ. He is sent to The Rock, and immediately starts planning his escape. Also joining in the escape are brothers, John and Clarence Anglin. They devise a plan by slowly digging away at the vents at the back of their cells which are now damp and corroding with the salt air. The Rock had been a federal prison since 1934 and this film takes place from 1960 to 1962 when the escape takes place on June 11th. The building was completed in 1859 as used as a fort until turned into a military prison in 1907 before becoming a federal prison in 1934 but was closed in 1963 due to high maintenance costs. In 1972 the island was claimed by the National Parks and opened to the public. In 1996 Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage stormed the island to save the San Francisco bay area from being blown up by Ed Harris. OK the last part is fiction, but what a great film The Rock is.

Back to the review. But I hope you liked a bit of history of Alcatraz. Eastwood looks lean and menacing in the role of Morris but without being macho. The way the escape is slowly set up with gathering the required tools to bust out is realistic. The shower scene is good when Morris is approached by another inmate wanting to hang out the back of him. Come on man, you can't mess with Clint. Patrick McGoohan plays the warden with a slightly eccentric maner which really works.

The film was shot mostly on location at Alcatraz and you can't really tell what are sets and what is the real thing. It's that good, which contributes massively to the mood of the film. I have visited Alcatraz recently and can say 100% how authentic the film is and how the story is portrayed. There are no heroes in this film, just honest, real people who are pretty likeable despite being crims.

This film was the last time Eastwood and director Don Siegal worked together. The other films he directed with Eastwood were Coogans Bluff, Two Mules For Sister Sara, Dirty Harry and The Beguiled. Oh and Siegal is the barman in Clints directorial debut, Play Misty For Me. A great team together, who made brilliant films. Eastwoods own style also shows through in the films he has directed and has clearly been influanced by Siegals own style of film making.

Escape From Alcatraz is a film everyone should see. Spread the word and get the film more noticed. Just to finish, my top ten Clint Eastwood films, he has been in anyway are:

Dirty Harry.
The Good The Bad And The Ugly.
The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Unforgiven.
Escape From Alcatraz.
Million Dollar Baby.
Gran Torino.
The Bridges Of Madison County.
Play Misty For Me.
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adaptation Of A True Story!, 2 Aug 2005
This review is from: Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Every now and then its nice to see an actor such as Clint Eastwood playing a slightly different role to what he usually does and still manage to do a great job. Don Siegel, the director of 'Escape From Alcatraz' also directed Eastwood in a number of other hit movies and this 1979 drama based on a true story about a daring escape from the island prison of Alcatraz.
Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris a new prisoner at the ominus island prison, Alcatraz. He soon makes friends (although not with the warden) and together they decide to escape, some how. Frank notices that the concrete walls of the cells have become rotten by the salty sea air, and he soon begins digging. Together they hatch a plan and dissappear in the middle of the night, but with the guards on their tail, will they survive.
Clint is brilliant in his role as Frank Morris, adding character and bringing him to life, and even manages a few punch ups with a fellow prisoner, a massive monster of a man called Wolf. There is also the occassional Clint one-liners that we all know and love, for example, in the prison courtyard there is a great scene between him and another prisoner. Jack Thibeau and Fred Ward who play the two prisoners who escape with Frank, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin, respectively. Patrick McGoohan who starred TV series 'The Prisoner' plays the warden at the time when Frank and the others break out, and he is great in his role.
Overall, 'Escape From Alcatraz' although not like any other Clint Eastwood films, its certainly a great film, and deserves all the praise it gets. If you are a fan of Eastwood, prison films, or are interested in what actually happened in real life at Alcatraz, then this film is for you. If you want to find out even more about the true events then there are a number of good books. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Prison Drama, 7 Aug 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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This faithful look into the prison system during America in the 1970s seems to be so authentic, it grips you and pulls you in with convict life. Eastwood may play the lead but his co-stars are all equal alongside him as they seem to be the perfect dysfunctional family working to help and carry each other through life in prison to never give up on hope and self confidence.

The story takes it's time to develop and play out, with nothing rushed or skipped over. Every emotion and relationship is explored by Siegel to help paint the overall picture of life in Alcatraz, but also the yearning to have a second chance outside the prison walls; it's relevant, even in todays society.

And Eastwood is on fine form as Morris, evoking a calm and cool manner at all times, fascinating you with his plans of escape and his relationships formed in the prison. Thanks to hints of his "no nonsense" attitude, Eastwood comes across more watchable than ever as he takes him time to involve the audiences in the development of his plan from the first day.

With nice long single takes, haunting use of a chilling soundtrack and dark, confined cinematography that uses shadows and tight cell spaces to great effect on screen, this is a gripping thriller with characters you really learn to love and hate and will have you rooting for until the final, dramatic escape attempt.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Blu-Ray, 8 Jun 2013
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This review is about the PRODUCT, and not the FILM.

Well to be quite honest, I am very disappointed with this release. At no point during the film are you convinced you are watching a "high definition" transfer, as it is not that much superior to the DVD release. Now, there will be some who would argue of the films age (1979), but that is no excuse, considering many films which are much older than this look stunning on Blu-ray.

At 07:57 after the guard says "welcome to Alcatraz", there is a flash of lightning followed by a shot of Clint standing in his cell, supposedly naked. On the DVD at the exact same spot you can see he is in fact wearing jeans in this shot. So, by that conclusion you have to think this Blu-ray is cropped, as it does not show the full image. There are small sections of the film where fuzzy blotches are evident. For instance, at 10:08 look at the guard on the right-hand side of the screen - his black uniform is very pixelated.
If that wasn't bad enough, there are absolutely NO EXTRAS - not even a trailer.

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby True HD / French Mono / German Mono / Italian Mono / Portuguese Mono / Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English / English SDH / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / German / Italian / Japanese / Norwegian / Portuguese / Spanish / Swedish
Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Running time: 112 minutes
Label : Paramount Home Entertainment
Catalogue number: BSP 2454
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood and Siegel deliver an excellent true story prison drama, 3 July 2014
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This review is from: Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel take a break from the guns and police drama, this time the partnership turns toward the telling of a true story, Frank Morris the man who managed to escape from Alcatraz.(and with his co-escapees) were the only ones to manage that feat.

Based on the book Escape from Alcatraz by J. Campbell Bruce, the film transfers to celluloid very well with a good screenplay and cast. Eastwood fits into his usual quiet and considered acting role which works well for the film. Evidently the real Morris was an intelligent man, hence his escape plan that was very carefully prepared and successful.

Siegel directs well, and whilst it could be argued Patrick McGoohan does overdo the somewhat cruel and harsh warden role a bit, the film is still an excellent production. Supporting cast includes Larry Hankin and Fred Ward. Keep an eye out for Danny Glover who has a role as fellow prisoner,

True stories tend to make good films and that's proven here. There is some debate as to the fate of the men who escaped, it does seem likely they probably didn't survive the cold weather and harsh water surrounding the prison (there are a few documentaries that are worth investigating about this) Even so the escape worked and not only made a good story in real life, it makes a good film for fans of the genre. Some minor flaws, but overall a winner and good to see Eastwood in one of his stronger screen roles which doesn't involve a Western or a gritty off the wall cop.
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