Friday, May 31 2013, 11:05 AM MDT
Blu-ray Review: The Great Escape
Genre: Drama, History, Adventure
Street Date: May 14, 2013
Available On: Blu-ray
Synopsis: Allied POWs hatch a plan to outwit their captors and escape from their “escape proof” camp.
Extras: Audio Commentary, The Great Escape: The Untold Story documentary, “Bringing Fact to Fiction,” “Preparations for Freedom,” “the Flight to Freedom,” “A Standing Ovation,” “The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones,” “Return to The Great Escape” featurettes and the Original Theatrical Trailer
Recommendation: Set during World War II and loosely based on actual events The Great Escape is a wonderful adventure starring the likes of Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. It is an unusual war film in that it has a lighter tone and comedic moments that later in the film step aside for the action sequences that dominate the film’s second half.
The film is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut and while Fox’s release is adequate it’s hard to believe that they’ve done a full restoration and 4k scan. There is a decided improvement in color and, to a lesser degree, detail, but when compared to Lawrence of Arabia or The Bridge on the River Kwai it’s impossible to not to see The Great Escape as a disappointment. To Fox’s credit the price point isn’t inflated and that helps to make this release highly recommendable.
-Ryan Michael Painter