The Great Escape SE - May 25

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  1. John Hodson

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    www.dvdtimes.co.uk has announced the R1 release of the rwo disc SE of The Great Escape.

    Features include:

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    English DD5.1 Surround
    English, French and Spanish Mono
    English, French and Spanish subtitles
    Commentary With the Cast and Crew
    “The Great Escape: Heroes Underground” Featurette
    “The Great Escape: The Untold Story” Featurette
    “The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones” Documentary
    Trivia Track
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    Photo Gallery


    More details and pack shot here.

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  2. Eric Estrada

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    Thanks John for the info. I definitely picking this up!
     
  3. Jeremy Allin

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    Sounds great! I have owned the non-anamorphic version for a long time. It'll be great to finally replace it. Perhaps someone can answer this as I don't have the DVD around right now. Isn't the AR greater than 2.35? I believe it is more like 2.55 or 2.76.
     
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    i've had the R4 SE for almost two yrs now and still haven't watched it yet.
    still not the best looking widescreen dvd of a film from the early 60s, but a big improvment over the first R1 non-a release though, thats for sure.

    wonder why it took so long for the R1 version to show up?
     
  5. Paul_Scott

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    Jeremy, i remember this film being closer to 2.40/2.5 myself , but i think the R4 version is closer to 2.35.

    i'll check tonight to make sure, but i wouldn't be surprised if it had been cropped a bit to 2.35.
     
  6. MartinTeller

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    Worst cover art ever?
     
  7. Matt Butler

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    Martin,

    Ive seen worse cover art but its the movie that really counts.

    Im so stoked for this. Between this and Good Bad Ugly this is a great year for classic SEs. Time to unload my non-anamorphic.
     
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    If you haven't watched it, how do you know it's not the best looking widescreen dvd from that era?

    I've had the Region 4 dvd for awhile too and I think the dvd presentation is very good. This has been a favorite film of mine since I was a kid and saw it for the first time during its original theatrical run in 1963.

    The features on this upcoming Region 1 release are the same with the Region 4 release.

    Also, the cover art is basically the same too with the Region 4 having a more greenish tint to it.





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  9. Jim_K

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    Been waiting for this. Needless to say it'll be mine in May. [​IMG]
     
  10. Jeff D Han

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    Great news! [​IMG]

    The original DVD release looks like the
    letterboxed laserdisc- pretty bad as far as picture
    quality goes. I'm sure that the SE will look
    alot better.
     
  11. Jon Robertson

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    It looks the same as the already-available R2/R4 release, so it should be a top-notch set. Heartily recommended!
     
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    even better news

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    The transfer MGM used for the letterboxed laserdisc, and apparently the DVD, is overmatted to something like 2.5:1. The film was shot in anamorphic Panavision so the AR of the negative would be 2.35:1.
     
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    Awesome! I can't wait, this is a personal favorite. Thanks for the heads-up, John Hodson. Looks like it'll be a good SE, but wow, that cover art really is lame. This isn't one of Steve McQueen's home movies, people! [​IMG]
     
  15. Ernest Rister

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    I'm not one who ever spends time looking at the covers of my DVDs. I watch the movies, not the covers. As far as I'm concerned, the cover of "The Great Escape" could have a picture of Marlon Brando french-kissing Dom DeLuise and I'd still buy it.
     
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    The R1 Great Escape used a full-area source (meaning that the picture was not correctly framed) and then further matted down.

    The anamorphic R2 DVD correctly presents the 2.35:1 image and so should this DVD if it's 2.35:1.
     
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    I don't think anyone's going to avoid buying a DVD just because of the cover art, Ernest. I'm going to pick this one up regardless, as I would with any movie I like a lot that has a good DVD release. I'd just rather the covers would be good instead of bad, and this one looks disappointing.
     
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    Has Criterion allowed MGM to reuse the commentary the late John Sturges recorded for their previous laserdisc? Or is this a cobbling of other existing audio interviews?
     
  19. Jon Robertson

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    It's other John Sturges interviews (taken, if I recall correctly, in the 1970s). Criterion's commentary is nowhere to be found, alas.
     
  20. Paul_Scott

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    i've watched a few minutes from different chapters, but i haven't yet sat down and watched the disc from begining to end.
    the original R1 disc was unwatchable on a FP, the remaster is quite watchable, however some of the shots, long shots mostly, seem soft and lacking in detail.
    not a bad presentation by any means, but there are many 2.35 AR films from the sixties that look finer on disc.
    Hombre, which i pulled out last night and watched a little of, would be just one example.

    not trying to talk anyone out of picking the new SE up- its a major improvment over the original.
     

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