Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Eagle Has Landed

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory

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Michael Caine leads a Nazi paratrooper plot to kidnap Winston Churchill in The Eagle Has Landed.

Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Donald Sutherland (1900) and Robert Duvall (The Conversation) lead a star-studded cast in the 1976 World War II action film The Eagle Has Landed, which makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut with this release from Shout! Factory.

Based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel, the film revolves around a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Nazi officers Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, the team of paratroopers descends upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission.

Written by Tom Mankiewicz and directed by John Sturges (The Great Escape) in what was to be his final film, The Eagle Has Landed also features Donald Pleasence (Wake in Fright), Jenny Agutter (Glorious 39) and a young Treat Williams (Once Upon a Time in America) in one of his earliest screen roles.

Bonus features on the discs include the following:

-The Eagle Has Landed Revisited: Invading Mapledurham
-Tom Mankiewicz: Looking Back
-Film Night Location Report
-On Location In Norfolk
-On Location Interviews with Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and John Sturges
-ATV Today On Location
-Theatrical Trailer

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.