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Escape From Alcatraz  [DVD]
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
BD release offers a seriously solid picture and audio upgrade over the DVD release.
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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.Read more ›
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Another favourite film of my collection. Eastwood is excellent and not over bearing.Published 1 month ago by Little Chief
No problems at all.....good service, arrived on time, good quality, good film !Published 4 months ago by G M James