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

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#1 of 122 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 25 2013 - 12:30 PM

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

 

 

 

 

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#2 of 122 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 25 2013 - 12:31 PM

Yahoooooooo!  No hesitation to preorder.  


 

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#3 of 122 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:04 PM

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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#4 of 122 OFFLINE   lukejosephchung

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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:08 PM

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!!! :biggrin:



#5 of 122 OFFLINE   Richard V

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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:10 PM

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!!!


See you at the pah-ty, Richter.

#6 of 122 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:27 PM

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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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:32 PM

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.


Edited by bujaki, March 25 2013 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:40 PM

Woohooo! Fantastic! Can't wait for this!



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Posted March 25 2013 - 02:36 PM

I'm going to say before someone else does, do we like the cover or not?



#10 of 122 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 25 2013 - 02:42 PM

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 coverge2.jpg The Great Escape.gif $(KGrHqZHJCYE--b4dVwtBP4L6ijryg~~60_35.JPG


 

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#11 of 122 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted March 25 2013 - 02:45 PM

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: 


Edited by Stephen_J_H, March 25 2013 - 02:46 PM.

"My opinion is that (a) anyone who actually works in a video store and does not understand letterboxing has given up on life, and (b) any customer who prefers to have the sides of a movie hacked off should not be licensed to operate a video player."-- Roger Ebert

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Posted March 25 2013 - 02:58 PM

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.



#13 of 122 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 25 2013 - 03:01 PM

Yes, the cover art isn't the greatest, but none of those others are really wonderful either.



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Posted March 25 2013 - 03:50 PM

I'm pretty sure will be seeing custom covers coming soon.



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Posted March 25 2013 - 04:10 PM

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.

 

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Posted March 25 2013 - 05:03 PM

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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Posted March 26 2013 - 12:36 PM

My pre-order is placed. It's a great film, and I love Elmer Bernstein's score.


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#18 of 122 OFFLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted March 26 2013 - 04:17 PM

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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Posted March 27 2013 - 08:59 AM

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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Posted March 27 2013 - 11:30 AM

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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