The Making of the Great Escape

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Arts, War Documentary hosted by Burt Reynolds and Derek Jacobi and James Coburn, published by MGM in 2001 - English narration

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Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it! - In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history - brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn - who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape, released in 1963, is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W. R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that "entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs" (Variety). This set of features have been taken from bonus disc that complements the 2-Disc Collector's Edition of John Sturges's thrilling World War II film.

[edit] Heroes Underground

A four-part 2001 documentary, narrated by Burt Reynolds, about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. It includes interviews with POWs held there, and the making of the 1961 film THE GREAT ESCAPE and the historical basis for theĀ film. Produced for the History Channel, "Heroes Underground" details the production and real-life escape that unfolded on a bitterly cold March night, the master plan of South African pilot Roger Bushell. Prometheus Entertainment and Fox Television Studios Production for The History Channel, 2001
Includes four chapters: 'Bringing Fact to Fiction: (12:23); 'Preparations for Freedom' (19:51); 'The Flight to Freedom' (09:24); 'A Standing Ovation' (06:00)

[edit] Great Escape: The Untold Story

This is the story of The Great Escape in 1944 of 76 men from Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp in Sagan on the borders of Poland. The Stalag Luft III held 10,000 Allied airmen of all nationalities during the Second World War, and was escape proof. But for Allied prisoners of war, it was their duty to escape. This documentary tells the story of the brave and resourceful men who organised the historic Great Escape and paid a tragic price for carrying out their duty. 3 got home, 73 were captured, 50 of whom were secretly shot on the instructions of Hitler against every rule of War. Written & Directed by Steven Clarke ; A Granada Production 2001
Includes two chapters: 'The Untold Story' (50:45); 'The Untold Story - Additional Interviews' (09:37)

[edit] The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones / Return to the Great Escape

'The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones' (25:00), a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in the film.
Written & Directed by John Cork ; MGM Home Entertainment, 2001 'Return to the Great Escape' (24:09), a 1993 program where cast members return to Stalag Luft III, featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen's son, Chad McQueen.
Directed by Steve Rubin ; Showtime Networks Inc., 1993

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 2 321 Kbps
Video Resolution: 718x540
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 47 min 42 s - 1 h 0 min
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 858 MB - 1.06 GB
Source: DVD (Thanks to Isis@a.b.dvd)
Encoded by: DocFreak08

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