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Great Escape, The

Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 86 (Jul 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve McQueen, James Garner & Richard Attenborough

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc Special Edition includes a trivia track and an audio commentary hosted by Steven J. Ruben (director and co-writer of the featurette Return To The Great Escape), several members of the cast and crew, and audio clips from an interview with the late director John Sturges. Disc Two adds five featurettes (Return To The Great Escape, Preparations For Freedom, A Standing Ovation, Bringing Fact To Fiction, The Fight To Freedom), two documentaries (The Great Escape: The Untold Story and The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones), additional interviews from The Untold Story, an extensive still gallery, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1006370
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 172
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1963
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/18/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Sturges
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Story Synopsis:
Based on the true story and the book by Paul Brickhill, "The Great Escape" tells the story of allied prisoners of war who plot a massive escape from a Nazi prison camp. In 1943, the Germans opened Stalang Luft North, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. (Gary Reber)

DVD Picture:
While this new anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture is a clear improvement over the previously released, 2.70:1 off-centered non-anamorphic edition, the picture exhibits a slightly pasty or plugged-up look. The picture has an undefined appearance with weak dimension. Colors are dated, occasionally lacking saturation while other times appearing overly saturated. The source element is revealing of some film grain and dirt at times. Edge enhancement occasionally causes obtrusive halos around objects, but pixelization isn

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