THE GREAT ESCAPE IS HITTING BLU-RAY

CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 

THE GREAT ESCAPE

 

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The Action-Packed Adventure Classic Breaks Out onto Blu-ray

For the First Time Ever May 7 With Over Three Hours of Extras

 

Film Will Be Honored Throughout the Year Including a

Special Engagement at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April

 

PRESS RELEASE:

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 25, 2013) – In celebration of the birthday of iconic Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who would have turned 83-years-old yesterday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that THE GREAT ESCAPE will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Directed by Academy Award® nominee John Sturges,* catch one of AFI’s “100 Most Thrilling American Films” in an all-new masterful 4K transfer.

 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will host events around the world to showcase the remastered Blu-ray. THE GREAT ESCAPE restoration will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles April 25-28 and the film will receive a limited theatrical re-release in cities across the globe, with additional initiatives coming throughout the year.

 

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 craftiestescape 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.

 

* Best Director; Bad Day at Black Rock (1956)

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE Blu-ray Features:

? 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 BLU-RAY: (Catalog # M122847)
Screen Format: 16:9 (2.35:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
Spanish 2.0 Mono DD
French & Other Language Audio Feature 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
U.S. Rating: NR
Total Run Time: 05:31:51
Closed Captioned: Yes

Jon Abrams

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Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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