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The Eagle Has Landed [Blu-ray]
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2007
While the Carlton 2-DVD release offers both the original theatrical cut and the extended version of the film (kicking off with the gathering of Himmler, Canaris and Hitler in Bavaria which led to the fateful chain of events), this only offers the extended version. I personally think the post-production guys were almost fully justified in the cuts and in substituting the original opening with the documentary footage for the pre-credits sequence: the documentary footage is both pithier and also more immediately creates a sense that this story 'could have happened' (rather than presenting us with an embarrassing impersonation of Hitler). In short, the theatrical version is pacier, and doesn't give us so much time to reflect on the slightly absurd premise of the story.

On the other hand, there's at least two scenes cut for the theatrical release which in fact make more sense of the story: one is a brief meeting between Colonel Radl (Robert Duvall) and his doctor, where it's clear that his health is precarious - so making sense of his line towards the end of the film, 'I was measured for my casket months ago'; the other (more often noted) is the meeting between Joanna Gray, Liam Devlin and Colonel Steiner where they recap their plan.

So I suggest that those who already have the Carlton double-disc set are pretty well off and certainly shouldn't trade it in. However, this new ITV DVD set offers far more extensive documentary footage on making the film as 'extras'; both contemporary with the actual film-making (some of which is included on the Carlton, though not including the brief on-location footage in Norfolk), and also (not included in the Carlton set) a visit to the actual village as it is today where the film was made: this includes some fascinating views of the designs used to extend the original mill, adding the crucial mill-wheel and the part of the building that gets finally bazooka'd; also some interesting anecdotes about how the special effects and explosions were managed in and around the real-life church. For those extras I imagine all devoted fans of EHL will want this set as well as the Carlton.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2000
One of my favourite Higgins books, and good memories of the film. So I enjoyed watching it again on DVD. Sadly, I am sure it has been cut - with both the 'current day' opening and ending totally removed, and various scenes that appear 'incomplete' including one where the German organist starts playing during part of the grand finale. For a budget DVD it is adequate quality, but a shame that they did not retain the wide screen format that the credits are shown in. I feel sure that it is an edited for TV version that has been put straight to DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
The dialogue is fantastic and helps describing the characters. Every line is as written for the actors.

And what an incredible cast: Michael Caine as Nazi officer driven by duty and honor, Donald Sutherland as an amazing Irish dog and horse whisperer (there is always those sparkling glimpses in his eyes!), Robert Duval as colonel Radl (he does not play the character - he IS in fact the colonel), Donald Pleasance as a slimy and yet funny Himmler and not to forget the energic Larry Hagman as "home made" American red neck officer. Besides that a good supporting cast.

But what is more important in this well done movie is the complexity of the war combatants - e.g. Caine trying to save a jewish women from certain death, one of his soldiers saving a little English girl from drowning at the water mill, Hagman as an incompetent, but yet war loving officer, sacrificing of an actor who takes over Churchill's part. The conclusion is that when you cut down to basics you will find honorable men among the enemies (Nazis) and less sympathetic men among the Allied.

By the way - there is a lot of humor on both sides - and that is not too bad though!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2008
Although the cover states a runtime of 118 mins (all of the ITV Blu-Rays retain their PAL / 4% shorter runtimes on their covers, although in this case the 4% shorter time would still be wrong!), this is the full version as shown in the cinemas (clocking in at 2:15:24 - 135 mins). It is a shame branching was not used to include the further extended edition, but at any rate it is much better than having the 118 mins. version.

As for the actual picture quality, it is the same high standard as with all other ITV Blu-Ray products, i.e. Escape To Athena, Capricorn One, Great Expectations and (especially) The Boys From Brazil. Detail is excellent, as are colours; thankfully, ITV / Granada are not down there with the larger companies who tamper with colour to bring out detail, or turn up the yellow to give everything the brown, drab look associated with so many of today's new releases.

The Blu-Ray is absolutely vanilla, not even a trailer - but if the price is right for you, this disc with its lush picture quality comes thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Brimming with stirring performances by Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Donald Sutherland, 'The Eagle Has Landed' is an excellent war thriller that imagines a Nazi perspective on a covert operation for winning WWII. John Sturges, directing his final movie, delivers a rousing and thrilling action adventure film that's grossly and sadly underrated. The Blu-ray arrives with a great audio and picture presentation, and a small collection of vintage featurettes, making the overall package recommended for fans of classic war movies.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2004
I love the book and the film, having seen it on TV a few times. The plot is a good "what might have been" taken from one tiny little fact that Mr Higgins found out, that in one date during the war Winston Churchill was recorded to be two places at once...
What if the Nazis tried to capture him, not knowing that little fact?
Sadly this version of the DVD is rubbish. It is not widescreen, and scenes have been cut, like the soldier playing the organ before the Church battle and when Liam Devlin and the priest talk about going to church on Sunday, the priest mentions the "first shall be last and the last shall be first" verse from the Bible and Devlin replies "Well Father, I'm assured a place at the head of the line". It spoils the film as I remember noticing the missing scenes immediately, "hang on where was that bit when...".
It is a very good film to get, just get another version, NOT this one, I am looking to replace it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It was quite entertaining as I have seen it quite a few times (wet Sunday afternoon fodder now on the telly it seems..) and it still has that certain 'magic' about it. The bonus of the making of is quite good with assorted bits and bobs about from the local TV news doing an item on it plus a word or three from Micheal Caine and not a lot of people know that..
But bottom line, the production values are first rate, considering when it was made and don't say 'half past three'!, and yes, will be quite happy to watch it again and judging by the tosh coming on the box later on tonight, it will be sooner than later!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2009
The Eagle Has Landed is based on the Jack Higgins novel of the same name and concerns a plan by Himmler to parachute a group of German soldiers led by Colonel Steiner (Michael Caine) into eastern England to kidnap or assassinate Winston Churchill. That they failed is no surprise to anyone who knows WWII history; but the fun of the film is the detail of the plotting of the raid by Colonel Max Radl (Robert Duval) and it's execution by Steiner and IRA operative Liam Devlin (Donald Sutherland). This is old fashioned boys own adventure, rather more like a heist than a war film, but with a good cast, good production values and a good director in John Sturges, whose last film this was. While The Eagle Has Landed is not in the same class as Sturges' best films such as The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape, it is still good entertainment and a ripping good yarn!

The Eagle Has Landed has suffered very bad releases in various regions with poor editions in Region 1, 2 and Region 4 (with only had a bare bones pan & scan release). The Blu-ray is hardly a great example of why one should upgrade to HD. The video is acceptable. There are no obvious blemishes and colours are clean enough if tending to paleness. Audio is only stereo but gets the job done. Dialogue is clear and sound effects adequate. More disappointingly, the Blu-ray includes none of the extras now available in the ITV DVD Special Edition. Not a single one! So there are better editions of this film available. However, if you must have a Blu-ray this is all you can get. The Eagle Has Landed is a good enough film to deserve better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2013
The restored picture is sharp and vivid, but the sound remains much as per the DVD version. I am not sure you actually get anything more with this Blu-Ray than the previous DVD release provided, and you certainly don't get the breathtaking new visuals provided by the new Blu-Ray "Zulu" and "The Longest Day" etc.

Having said that, if you don't already own the DVD this does give you a good transfer of a very entertaining movie, plot flaws and all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2015
I had this classic film given to me as a gift so I was well happy!-its 16;9 widescreen and looks very good on bluray but I feel it could have looked a lot sharper for a bluray disc!-the disc has no BONUS FEATURES what-so-ever which was very disappointing to me..but I cant complain as its a classic and looks good for such an old film!-I don't know wether its the theatrical version or directors cut as ive not seen them or owned them on vhs or previous DVD versions..The entire film is 2 hours and 15 minuets,24 seconds long!!
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