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The Great Escape - Definitive Edition (2 Disc Set)

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"A classic tale"
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One of Steve McQueen's greatest roles. This is a fantastic edition with lots of documentary type special features.

It is incredible to think that these events, whilst dramatised, are based in reality.

If I had not already bought it – my Dad would be getting this one for Fathers Day.

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Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who executed a massive escape from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944, stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts. The German high command has filtered out all the most talented escape artists of the Allies' and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. Of course, as soon as they arrive, the prisoners begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties: Bob "Scrounger" Hendley (James Garner) steals necessary items, Eric "Dispersal" Ashley-Pitt (David McCallum) hides the soil being dug from the tunnels, and Danny "the Tunnel King" Willinski (Charles Bronson) and Colin "the Forger" Blythe (Donald Pleasence) have self-explanatory handles. For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. The host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous re-creation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics. However, McQueen's memorable motorcycle stunts could be said to fit in that category.

THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, is quite simply one of the grandest war films ever made, featuring many key scenes (McQueen's motorcycle chase, McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall, Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are unforgettable.

Special Features:
  • O-Ring Packaging
  • Trivia Track
  • Audio Commentary with cast and crew
  • The Great Escape: The Untold Story
  • Additional Interviews
  • The Great Escape: Heroes Underground
  • Original Documentary: A Man Called Jones... The Real Virgil Hilts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
Release date NZ
August 16th, 2007
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
166
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
9321337087061
Product ID
1544651

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