The Longest Day [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.Read more ›
The action scenes are quite stunning - with thousands of extras, but Ryan is the benchmark now. Ouistreham and the luftwaffe attack still look spectacular but some of the "theatrical deaths" are laughable. Colonel Thompson (Mitchem's mate) looks like he is attempting a back flip when given the chop. No exploding heads or blown off limbs here.
Lest we be overly worried about the violence we have various cringe-making scenes such as padre looking for his case, lost doctor and the unfortunate Sean Connery who I don't think annoys as much as he does in this film. Not his fault poor chap and a terrible waste of talent.
Time constraints mean that characterisation is virtually impossible although the actor playing Group Captain Stagg superbly portrays the amount of pressure he must have been under in limited screen time,given it was hisdecision which ultimately influences Eisenhower. Also watch out for a cameo from Gert Frobe(Goldfinger)taking rations to the beach gunners. Other stars come and go on a conveyor belt, although Robert Mitchum gets the lion's share.
Despite showing some of its forty years it still remains a great document on D-Day. The D.V.D. is the original black and white although there is now a stunning colourised version as well. Picture is 2.Read more ›
Compared to say 'Full Metal Jacket' where the action lives with a few faces and the raw, inhuman reality of war, 'Longest Day' gives you the vista of rain-soaked military camps, fleets of many ships, countless troops assaulting a beach, alongside the frantic efforts of the German command to react to the day.
Many small scenes make this a very human film.
The German commander complaining about his storm-damaged roses;
a German officer scanning the channel from his bunker - 'Good God - the invasion - its coming!' - with a look of utter horror on his face, and countless ship-shaped specks on the sea behind him; the french nuns marching through the middle of a war-torn street; the American soldier complaining that he's not fired a shot the whole day - 'every time I get somewhere, everyone's gone!'.
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What can I say? it was delivered quickly and the quality of the DVD was great. In the past I've seen the film loads of times before but it is of special significance to me because... Read morePublished 7 days ago by JR
D-day portrayed as a mainly American adventure; a simplified account of the D Day landings in Normandy, WWIIPublished 2 months ago by Mike Abrahams