Excerpt: Snippy prisoners are artisans of escape, playfully coy about their determination toward Nazi captors, a set-up for cinematic greatness by those who lived it. Strap a baseball loving Steve McQueen into the tale, hijacking a Luftwaffe motorcycle to tear up countryside, and you have an American classic. Stalag Luft III hosted prisoners of war, those with a preceding penchant for alluding their captors.
Excerpt: World War II is raging on, and the Germans have dedicated one of their concentration camps to holding Allied prisoners well-known for making escape attempts. Life is relatively peaceful in this camp—gardening, games and other activities are provided for the prisoners, but heavy security is in place to ensure that escapes are next to impossible. Nonetheless, the allies begin planning an incredibly complex, high-risk escape.
Conclusion: As an iconic suspense thriller, 'The Great Escape' is always a delight. The all-star cast and the filmmakers effortlessly bounce between taught drama, wise-ass comedy, and heart-breaking tragedy. Despite its length, this is one of those pictures that sucks you in and never lets go. As a Blu-ray Disc, true fans will be excited to finally own this classic in high definition, but the HD transfer is often soft and flat.
Summary: Author's Note: The Video section of this review was updated and expanded on May 14, 2013, to incorporate numerous developments and discussions since the review was first published. Among its many notable qualities, The Great Escape may be the greatest war film ever made without a single battle. The Bridge on the River Kwai can boast at least one major explosion, but The Great Escape doesn't even have much in the way of gunfire.
Excerpt: The German forces have captured numerous Allied soldiers, which means prisoner of war camps are often loaded. But the population sometimes drops, as escapes are on the rise and no end is in sight. This concerns the German forces, as escapes mean lost prisoners and of course, that is bad news. In an effort to ensure the prisoners don’t escape, a special camp is designed that is deemed impossible to escape.
Excerpt: Det låter som en ganska ansträngd manusidé att låta tyskarna under andra världskriget samla de allra mest flyktbenägna krigsfångarna i ett och samma läger för att hålla dem under uppsikt under kompetent expertis. Tysken Von Luger (bara det namnet låter ju parodiskt) ansvarar för att de ska hålla sig i skinnet.