TCFHE Press Release: The Great Escape (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    CELEBRATE THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF
    THE GREAT ESCAPE

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    The Action-Packed Adventure Classic Breaks Out onto Blu-ray
    For the First Time Ever May 7 With Over Three Hours of Extras

    Film Will Be Honored Throughout the Year Including a
    Special Engagement at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April

    LOS ANGELES, CA (March 25, 2013) – In celebration of the birthday of iconic Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who would have turned 83-years-old yesterday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that THE GREAT ESCAPE will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Directed by Academy Award® nominee John Sturges,* catch one of AFI’s “100 Most Thrilling American Films” in an all-new masterful 4K transfer.

    In honor of its 50th anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will host events around the world to showcase the remastered Blu-ray. THE GREAT ESCAPE restoration will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles April 25-28 and the film will receive a limited theatrical re-release in cities across the globe, with additional initiatives coming throughout the year.

    Based on a true story, THE GREAT ESCAPE is “a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety). In 1943, the Germans opened a maximum security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. By doing so, they unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn- who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. The Blu-ray comes fully loaded with over three hours of special features including commentary with Director Sturges and crew, multiple making of featurettes, the original theatrical trailer and more.

    * Best Director; Bad Day at Black Rock (1956)

    THE GREAT ESCAPE Blu-ray Features:


    Audio Commentary by Director John Sturges, Cast & Crew


    The Great Escape: Bringing Fact to Fiction


    The Great Escape: Preparations for Freedom


    The Great Escape: The Flight to Freedom


    The Great Escape: A Standing Ovation


    The Great Escape: The Untold Story


    The Great Escape: The Untold Story – Additional Interviews


    A Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones


    Return to The Great Escape


    Original Theatrical Trailer



    THE GREAT ESCAPE BLU-RAY: (Catalog # M122847)
    Screen Format:
    16:9 (2.35:1)
    Audio:
    English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA

    Spanish 2.0 Mono DD

    French & Other Language Audio Feature 5.1 DTS
    Subtitles:
    English, French, Spanish
    U.S. Rating:
    NR
    Total Run Time:
    05:31:51
    Closed Captioned:
    Yes
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Yahoooooooo! No hesitation to preorder.
     
  3. Robert Crawford

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    About 50 years ago, I first viewed this great film in a movie theater and after, at least, 50 viewings since then I'm going to view it again in 1080p.
     
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    Placed my order at Foxconnect.com for this 2 weeks ago...$13 a copy plus shipping!!! Ordered multiple copies for myself and friends who are HUGE fans of this 1963 classic!!! :D
     
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    Ordered mine earlier this AM. Yipppeeeeee. Can't wait for a double feature night at my house of The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen in Bluray!!!
     
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    Alright! Great news. Is there anyone out there who doesn't love this film? This will be a definite pre-order for me. :wub:
     
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    As long as this is a restoration and not the crap that was screened last year at a Cinemark Classics series, it will be most welcomed.
     
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    Woohooo! Fantastic! Can't wait for this!
     
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    I'm going to say before someone else does, do we like the cover or not?
     
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    You know what? Just looking at the cover art, I can't say that I am overly in love with it..... ...but doing a search for artwork on prior releases has given me a new-found love for the new cover ge2.jpg The Great Escape.gif $(KGrHqZHJCYE--b4dVwtBP4L6ijryg~~60_35.JPG
     
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    I like the cover. It beats the original DVD cover by a country mile, and actually looks more like A movie poster if not THE movie poster. This is one of those rare occasions where the movie poster would not translate all that well to a BD cover. Observe:
     
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    The image of Steve McQueen on the motorcycle is iconic and does sell the film, though from the looks of the cover, that doesn't look like Steve.
     
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    Yes, the cover art isn't the greatest, but none of those others are really wonderful either.
     
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    I'm pretty sure will be seeing custom covers coming soon.
     
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    I pre-ordered this last week.

    I'm glad to see that all the special features from the SE were carried over.

    Been waiting on the rope for this one for a long time.

    David
     
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    Strangely, the version of this film that I grew up with was the UK letterbox VHS, which was framed at approximately 2.55:1. (I think the original R1 DVD was the same?). I got used to this version, even though I believe there was too much picture information on the left of the frame.

    Since getting the R2 DVD framed at 2.35:1, I've always thought it looks cropped!

    It'll be wonderful to finally get this on BD, but (and I know this sounds stupid), I wish it was the 2.55:1 version!
     
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    My pre-order is placed. It's a great film, and I love Elmer Bernstein's score.
     
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    Finally!

    The Criterion laserdisc had an okay cover art. I liked that the inner cover had a map of the camp. And the locations of Tom, Dick and Harry.
     
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    This will be a third purchase for me. And a second donation to the public library. I hope this transfer is done well.
     
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    I think 4 for me! :blush:

    One was a laserdisc from MGM with such a wide aspect ratio, you can see the end of the cooler set when Steve McQueen is bouncing his baseball against the wall.
     

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