“The Great Escape” breaks out onto Blu-ray May 7!



 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

the great escape

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 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.


* 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



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