The Great Escape Blu-ray Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Title: The Great Escape [Blu-ray]
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.
- 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 just celebrated its 50th anniversary! John was surprised that I had never seen the movie before since it’s a “classic”. I really haven’t watched that many older movies prior to the 1980s. He said I was missing out and I have to say he was right. After watching The Great Escape, I can see why it’s a classic!
The Great Escape stars many actors that I recognized from movies of recent years including James Garner and Richard Attenborough. It also stars Steve McQueen (who would have turned 83 years old this year), Charles Bronson and Donald Pleasance. Bridget watched The Great Escape with me and enjoyed seeing a young Richard Attenborough. She didn’t recognize him, but I told her he was the older man from Jurassic Park, her favourite movie of all-time.
The Great Escape is a true story taking place during WWII in a German POW Camp. The German’s have locked away POWs from America, England, Russia, etc. The conditions weren’t what I expected though and seemed more like a summer camp with the prisoners free to come and go within the camp confines as they pleased.
Most of the prisoners have made many escape attempts in the past. The character played by Steve McQueen had 17 previous escape attempts! These were smart and organized men who were determined to get away. I watched as they worked together to organize the escape and build a tunnel underneath the camp all without the guards detecting any unusual activity. It was quite something to watch how they accomplished this! For instance, when they were working on making a steel pipe, they banged their hammers in tune with the song the prisoners outside were singing to hide the noise.
During the actual escape effort, I was on the edge of my seat wondering if they would get caught. I really wanted to see them succeed. Let’s just say there was many heart pounding moments!
The Great Escape is 172 minutes of adventure with interesting characters and lots of action. The fact that it is a true story made it even better. The men were clever, resourceful and a true inspiration.