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Fox Sets Out With ‘The Great Escape’

29 Mar, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment May 7 will launch The Great Escape on Blu-ray Disc for the first time, commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary.

The studios will screen the remastered film, which boasts a 4K transfer, at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, held April 25 to 28. Directed by John Sturges, The Great Escape will also get a limited theatrical re-release.

The film chronicles the true story of a team of brilliant escape artists — portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn — who flee a German maximum-security, prisoner-of-war camp in 1943.

Special features run more than three hours long and include a commentary with Sturges and the cast and crew, featurettes, and the original theatrical trailer.

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