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Escape to Athena [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos
  • Writers: George P. Cosmatos, Edward Anhalt, Richard Lochte
  • Producers: Colin M. Brewer, David Niven Jr., Erwin C. Dietrich, Jack Wiener
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVMZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: Blu-ray
The movie itself isn't great. It is fun though. I like Roger Moore and David Niven and they are both superb (though under utilized). The plot is a strange cross between Kelly's Heroes and Stalag 17.

The blu ray presentation looks really good, especially considering this isn't a typical big budget studio restoration. It's the best I've ever seen this movie.

If you like the movie, get it on blu. If you've never seen it before, rent it first then get it if you liked it.
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Format: DVD
For the contributor who suggested that, "Escape To Athena", was a sad dull movie obviously seems to have never fully watched the film. Its critics like this that put-off people buying DVD titles, but we are talking about 1979 when the film was released in the UK
Escape To Athena may have its critics, but its one hell of a war movie. This film was the second outing with Greek Director, George Pan Cosmatos had with ITC, and as with The Cassandra Crossing in 1976, he brings a sense of importance to the proceedings. Roger Moore is excellent as sympathetic Camp Commandant Otto Hecht, as is Telly Savalas as resistance leader, Zeos.
Roger Moore's casting was accurate. After playing Simon Templair, Lord Brett Sinclair, and of course, James Bond. This film reunites him with Lew Grade after a seven year gap, and his role is essential to the film's storyline.
Of the other actors, Elliot Gould, Sonny Bono, Richard Rountree, Stefanie Powers are also effective, but the main actor in my opinion has to be David Niven as he contributes most to this film.
Lalo Schifrin's Greek oriented music score is the film's most important feature, and the end dance sequence is definitely a highlight. Incidentally, the soundtrack of this film is very hard to find, and is only on Japanese issue.
Nevertheless, an excellent film.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this film on a whim, due to the incongruously rammed-full-of-household-names cast list and the fact that the BluRay was less than a fiver.
Made in 1979, it's basically a 'family-friendly action movie' / WWII film, but with a satirical or almost slap-stick comic streak a mile wide. Half a decade later, Steven Spielberg would nail that genre niche with his first Indiana Jones movie... whereas Escape to Athena seems to flounder a bit trying to get a balance that works. Perhaps this is because there is no one central goodie/hero character - instead that role is spread rather diffusely between over half a dozen of the leads... Telly Savalas plays it completely straight as a Greek resistance leader, whilst David Niven and Roger Moore give much more twinkly-eyed performances... meanwhile Elliot Gouid and Sonny Bono are totally playing things for laughs. To be fair, this is all perfectly befitting for their characters as scripted, but it means the tone of the film is all over the place.... one minute there's some really quite wry and witty satire, the next the Nazis are hanging Greeks in the village square - not something that there's much to chuckle about. Some of the best performances are from the Nazis, actually - Anthony Valentine is flawless as an SS commander, Philip Locke as a googly-eyed Nazi missle commander, and British viewers of a certain age will delight in Maurice Sheard (Mr Bronson from Grange Hill) as a Nazi sergeant.
It's all fairly watchable, but I can't help feel the satire undermines the drama and vice versa.
On a technical level, the BluRay picture quality is extremely good (the film is all shot on location on the island of Rhodes and looks gorgeous), and there is some very nice music on the soundtrack (particularly evocative use of the cimbalom).
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
NETWORK BLU RAY RELEASE: Decent picture quality, but a dreadful film. Sorry Roger! Weakly directed and far too tongue-in-cheek and 'light' for my taste. I couldn't get used to Roger talking in that pseudo German accent either. The lovely Stephanie Powers helped lift film a little though. HOWEVER, worth buying alone for the interesting interview of Roger Moore by Deborah - his own daughter when she was still a young girl. ITC were better at producing television adventure series (The Saint, etc) than cinema feature films.
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Format: Blu-ray
1979' Yes the film and acting is a little dated...but...who cares..the film is full great artists from yesteryear.
Set during the second world war on a 'German' occupied 'Greek' island, a group of 'resistance' fighters joined by some 'prisoners-of-war set out to over-throw the 'Germans'
Some of the prisoners are driven by the promise of valuable relics said to be hidden in the local 'Monestery'
'Roger Moore' plays a 'German' major who's task it was to work the Prisoners on a dig to find 'ancient relics'
A great cast which includes including 'Telly Savalas' 'David Niven' and 'Sonny Bono' the three sadly no longer with us.
This film is a good-romp with much tongue-in-cheek action, if your feeling nostalgic it's a good watch.
The picture quality is a little sharper than on 'DVD' also the sound has been Digitally enhanced for this format.
Available for around £6.00 currently.......decent price for a bucket load of memories.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Set in 1944 German occupied Greece, some prisoners of war are used to dig for archaeological Greek treasures which in turned are looted by the Nazis and returned to Germany. The head (Telly Savalas) of the local resistance movement plans to liberate the POW camp while inside the camp, a group of prisoners (David Niven, Elliott Gould, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono) plot to escape and rob the local monastery of its treasures. This WWII action adventure doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be THE GREAT ESCAPE or HOGAN'S HEROES. The comedy elements border on the offensive amongst the indiscriminate Nazi executions and Roger Moore as the POW commandant is problematic. He's supposed to be a "good" German (actually, the film goes out of its way to make it known he's Austrian) and when Stefanie Powers has an affair with him, are we not to think she's a collaborator? The film meanders aimlessly for most of the film before whipping up a genuinely exciting finale as the resistance takes over a Nazi stronghold in the mountains. The pedestrian score is by Lalo Schifrin but Gilbert Taylor (DR. STRANGELOVE) does a nice job of capturing the island of Rhodes on film. With Claudia Cardinale as the local madam and William Holden whose brief presence as a POW is an "in" joke referring to his Oscar winning role in STALAG 17.

The ITV DVD from Great Britain is a decent anamorphic transfer in its appropriate 2.35 aspect ratio.
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