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Steve McQueen The Great Escape

The Great Escape Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Great Escape Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Great Escape‘s release on Blu-ray on May 7, 2013.

John SturgesThe Great Escape stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Nigel Stock, and Jud Taylor.

Greatest WWII Movies:

This year, The Great Escape celebrates its golden anniversary. To honor the 50th anniversary of that film’s release, we’ve compiled a list of our top five World War II films. From Tora! Tora! Tora! To Patton, these are some of our favorite films honoring the Second World War.

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. 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 John Sturges and crew, multiple making of featurettes, the original theatrical trailer and more. 

Winner of seven 1970 ACADEMY AWARDS, including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott, Patton is a riveting portrayal of one of the twentieth century’s greatest military geniuses. As rebellious as he was brilliant, George Patton (Scott) was the only general truly feared by the Nazis, yet his own volatile personality was the one enemy he could never defeat.

Empire of the Sun is a 1987 coming of age war film based on J. G. Ballard’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars a young Christian Bale alongside John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson. The film tells the story of Jamie “Jim” Graham, a young boy who goes from living in a wealthy British family in Shanghai, to becoming a prisoner of war in Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center, a Japanese internment camp, during World War II.

Tora! Tora! Tora! was the winner of the 1970 Academy Award for Best Special Effects, and was nominated for four more Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound. The film is a dramatization of the days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the event which signaled America’s official entry into WWII.

1998’s The Thin Red Line marked Terrence Malick’s return to filmmaking after a 20-year hiatus. The film is based on the novel of the same name by James Jones, and it tells a fictional story of the Battle of Mount Austen in World War II. It portrays soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. The film was nominated for an outstanding seven Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. The film is highly lauded for its graphic and realistic portrayal of war, specifically the opening 27 minutes, which depicts the Omaha Beach assault on June 6, 1944. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and won five of them, including Best Director.

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Two winners will receive:

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All entries must be in by May 29, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Void where prohibited.



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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  • avatar5775

    Excellent movie and prize!

  • AnnaZed

    I love this film; now I’ll freak you out by telling you that I’m old enough to have seen it released in a theater (I was a kid, but still!)

    On the Rafflecopter my name is Margot Core

  • margaretsmith

    This movie looks great. Thanks so much.

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  • abfantom

    I would love to add this classic movie to our DVD collection.

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  • This looks terrific.

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  • off2europe

    So stoked that it’s in blu ray now.

  • Anastasia

    A classic I’d love to add to my collection 🙂

  • A timeless, thrilling action classic that is still entertaining to watch, so I would to add it to my collection.
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  • Ed

    Awesome contest! One of my favorite WW2 movies.

  • sandra d

    looks great

  • What a great prize! I loved this movie when if first came out and I’d love to be able to give a copy to my son so he can appreciate it too.

  • Ken Robinson

    The most famous motorcycle jump in movies.

  • Thanks for the chance, love this film!

  • would love to add this to my collection.

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  • love that he did his own motorcycle work

  • Would love to see this!

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  • Loved this movie, can’t wait to see it in HD

  • Sweet! Thanks for entry

  • thx for this!

  • Love Steve McQueen. Great giveaway.

  • I’m in. Trying to build my Blu-Ray collection and this would be an excellent addition

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  • A classic movie I always wanted to see.

  • Ruby Daniels

    My husband will love this for a father’s day present

  • chocohunny

    Great movie

  • tony54

    Love this movie!!!

  • casaflamingos

    great prize, would love to win

  • One of my dad’s favorite movies! Thanks for the chance!

  • Great prize would love to win for my husband.

  • Chad Cowgill

    Totally awesome movie, and its a true story!

  • Great Father’s Day Gift.

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  • KatSims

    Love this flick

  • Shemp DeYoung

    I had this when it came out on LaserDisc, I’d really like to replace it.

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    Im very excited about seeing this movie

  • susansmoaks

    my husband and I really would enjoy the great escape!

  • I would like to see this movie

  • Deb Wallin

    I would love to see this movie again.

  • Sheila Hickmon

    My husband loves this movie!!

  • steve hamilton

    great movie

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  • gkran

    Thanks for the giveaway! (Gianna)

  • Alecia

    The Great Escape looks like a fun movie. My dad loves Steve McQueen and this would make a great Father’s Day gift.

  • Thanks for having The Great Escape giveaway!

  • Heather Bridson

    Would make a great father’s day gift!

  • matt roren

    great movie!

  • DV

    This looks great

  • Bryan E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…great movie !!!

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