USA action 1963 color 173 min.
Director: John Sturges
CLV: out-of-print collectible
2 discs, catalog # CC1273L

The action-packed world of John Sturges is populated by men facing impossible odds--not invincible Hollywood heroes, but genuine, masculine characters with discernible flaws and palpable dreams. Their humanity is a reflection of the warmth of the director, who helped us create special editions of two of his greatest films.

"Voyager's presentation will increase a viewer's respect not only for the quality of the entertainment, but for the memory of those upon whom the film is based." -Doug Pratt, The Laser Disc Newsletter

Steve McQueen leads an all-star cast as an American soldier imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp during World War II. McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Garner, and James Coburn are prisoners who help Sir Richard Attenborough plan a large-scale breakout. Criterion's remastered edition of The Great Escape ties the film in with the historical events on which the film was based.

Criterion's special release contains:

  • New widescreen transfer
  • Audio commentary by director John Sturges, composer Elmer Bernstein, and stuntman Bud Ekins
  • The original theatrical trailer
  • Military photos of the historical Stalag Luft III prison camp, the Allied prisoners, and the German guards
  • Over 250 production photos
  • Excerpts from the script by novelist James Clavell

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