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A great film undersold again!,
This review is from: The Eagle Has Landed [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.