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ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ 1979

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A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the notorious prison.

Starring:
Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Don Siegel
Starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan
Supporting actors Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Paul Benjamin, Larry Hankin, Bruce M. Fischer, Frank Ronzio, Fred Stuthman, David Cryer, Madison Arnold, Blair Burrows, Bob Balhatchet, Matthew Locricchio, Don Michaelian, Ray K. Goman, Jason Ronard, Ed Vasgersian, Ron Vernan
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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 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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This review is about the PRODUCT, and not the FILM.

Well to be quite honest, I am very disappointed with this release. At no point during the film are you convinced you are watching a "high definition" transfer, as it is not that much superior to the DVD release. Now, there will be some who would argue of the films age (1979), but that is no excuse, considering many films which are much older than this look stunning on Blu-ray.

At 07:57 after the guard says "welcome to Alcatraz", there is a flash of lightning followed by a shot of Clint standing in his cell, supposedly naked. On the DVD at the exact same spot you can see he is in fact wearing jeans in this shot. So, by that conclusion you have to think this Blu-ray is cropped, as it does not show the full image. There are small sections of the film where fuzzy blotches are evident. For instance, at 10:08 look at the guard on the right-hand side of the screen - his black uniform is very pixelated.
If that wasn't bad enough, there are absolutely NO EXTRAS - not even a trailer.

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby True HD / French Mono / German Mono / Italian Mono / Portuguese Mono / Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English / English SDH / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / German / Italian / Japanese / Norwegian / Portuguese / Spanish / Swedish
Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Running time: 112 minutes
Label : Paramount Home Entertainment
Catalogue number: BSP 2454
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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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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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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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