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Birdman Of Alcatraz [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special features:
Original theatrical trailer
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Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch

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How does bitter convict Robert Stroud cope with a lifetime of solitary confinement? The answer, in a sense, comes from above – in the form of a feeble sparrow he finds in the isolation yard. Stroud brings this newfound companion to his cell, nurses it to health and, from that point on, there’s no turning back. Despite having only a third grade education, and no hope of parole, Stroud becomes a renowned ornithologist – and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind prison walls than many in the outside world will ever know.

The finest prison picture ever made, this inspirational and compelling classic stars Burt Lancaster in an Oscar-nominated performance as Stroud – the convict who, in his power to heal birds, finds the power to heal himself.

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Really enjoyed watching this film,brought back some happy memories.
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Brought back many memories !!
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Fantastic film
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Disc was filthy, the case was cracked. Bought it as 2nd hand and it played ok. Delivered quicker that expected.
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Burt Lancaster plays the role of true-life killer Robert Stroud. Most of the film shows Stroud being detained in Leavenworth prison, as he was only later transfered to Alcatraz, and it was at Leavenworth that he developed his amazing interests in birds. Interesting fact but not in the film, the real Robert Stroud met the first black heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson, when he too was imprisoned in Leavenworth after coming back to the US from his exile for breaching the Mann Act.

Karl Malden always gives a first rate performance but the star of the show is Lancaster, a truly brilliant performance in surely his best ever film. The film length of 2hrs 23mins lends to the claustrophobic atmosphere and at times you feel as though you are in prison with Stroud, such is the way this fantastic filmography is shot. A pre-Kojack Telly Savalas (with hair) adds great support though at times a little bit hammy.

The dvd visually is good but the sound is a little disappointing, at times it sounds as though the actors have a lisp whenever pronouncing a word that has an "s" in it. That aside, it really is worth an evenings viewing.
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