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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN3145BR

THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  David McCallum, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Gordon Jackson, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Donald
Directed By:  John Sturges

One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, Steve McQueen plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that includes Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence. The expert direction of John Sturges, eminently hummable Elmer Bernstein score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes.

SPECIAL FEATURES
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, with DTS-HD Master Audio
Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2003, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence
New interview with critic Michael Sragow
“The Great Escape”: Heroes Under Ground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there
The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen’s character in the film
Return to “The Great Escape,” a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, and actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor
Trailer
PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley
New cover by Sean Phillips

RUN TIME: 172 minutes
COLOR: Color
ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1
LANGUAGE: English
GENRE: Adventure; Drama; History

  
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