Blu-ray Release: The Great Escape

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: MGM/20th Century Fox

The Great EscapeClassic action film The Great Escape was remastered for this Blu-ray release, its high-definition debut in honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary.

The 1963 adventure film, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, tells the story of a group of allied POWs in a World War II camp who plan the escape of several hundred of their fellow prisoners.

The acclaimed cast includes Steve McQueen (Le Mans), James Garner (The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park), Charles Bronson (Once Upon a Time in the West), Donald Pleasence (Escape From New York) and James Coburn (The Man From Elysian Fields).

Inspired by a true story, The Great Escape was nominated for an Oscar for its editing and is one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films.

The Great Escape Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray contains these special features:

  • audio commentary by director John Sturges and the cast and 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 extras were on the two-DVD Collector’s Set, released in 2004.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.