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Escape From Alcatraz [1979] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: J. Campbell Bruce, Richard Tuggle
  • Producers: Don Siegel, Fritz Manes, Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H5F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Superstar Clint Eastwood in a powerful adventure based on a true story. Eastwood plays the convict who masterminds the only success ful escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. Based on the novel by J. Campbell Bruce.

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One of Clint Eastwood's two most important filmmaking mentors was Don Siegel (the other was Sergio Leone), who directed Eastwood in Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, Two Mules for Sister Sara and this enigmatic, 1979 drama based on a true story about an escape from the island prison of Alcatraz. Eastwood plays a new convict who enters into a kind of mind game with the chilly warden (Patrick McGoohan) and organises a break leading into the treacherous waters off San Francisco. As jailbird movies go, this isn't just a grotty, unpleasant experience but a character-driven work with some haunting twists. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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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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'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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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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Clint Eastwood has the leading role on this fantastic movie. This movie challenges big movies like Shawshank of Redemption and The Green Mile. The story is thrilling and full of action. Its a very harsh and very hard life inside Alcatraz, the warden is a very vindictive person too. Frank( Eastwood) is having none of it. The escape plan takes shape bit by bit and the intensity of making it outside is portrayed in the movie really well. This amazing classic captures the prison life in Alcatraz extremely well. Other have tried years later but this still remains one of the most originally done prison movies. Now the blu ray looks good for its age. Don't expect 10/10 as this a 25+ year old movie but the upgrade is well worth it. The detail is all there. A good job indeed.If you yet are sceptical about the blu ray conversion you don't really need too as you will enjoy it even more on blu ray. Just get it as you won't be disappointed. I certainly I am not. I love the movie and my eyes agreeing with me.
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This is one of my favourite Eastwood movies, and also directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), its based on the true story of the three men (Frank Morris, Brothers John & Clarence Anglin) who escaped from the legendary prison island of Alcatraz, aka "The Rock" in the San Francisco bay. Eastwood plays Frank Morris the mastermind behind the breakout, and he brings that gritty Eastwood style to this great movie; Set on location on the real Alcatraz island prison, this movie has a fantastic look & feel to it, giving a real feel for the story, and a one of dread & foreboding for the inmates who inhabit this island Hell Hole! This movie is well acted, shot and directed and a joy to watch, with no parts of the movie that are either weak or boring, and Eastwood makes it fantastic with his great style and on screen presence.The transfer to Blu-ray of this movie is quite good & the sound is excellent to, sadly there are no special features to this release, but other than that a great buy & joy to watch.
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Clint Eastwood and Don Siegal swap the 45 Magnum and car chases, for cunning and a chisel to take on 'The Rock'. Eastwood stars as Frank Morris, bank robber and one of only three men to escape from Alcatraz prison during it's running. Film follows Morris's character through the time is is transferred to the rock, his planning of escape and his interactions with other prisoners who both want to help and hurt him, all while been overseen by the warden (Patrick McGoohan in a usual bad guy type role we have come to know him for).

BD release offers a seriously solid picture and audio upgrade over the DVD release.

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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.
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