Kino Lorber to Give ‘The Great Escape’ the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Treatment

Kino Lorber Jan. 11 will release the action classic The Great Escape on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, under the indie’s Kino Lorber Studio Classics line.

The 1963 film, with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough, follows a group of Allied POWs who attempt one of the largest and most daring breakouts in history. The acclaimed collaboration between director John Sturges, screenwriters James Clavell and W.R. Burnett, and composer Elmer Bernstein, The Great Escape received a 1964 Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing and a Best Motion Picture — Drama Golden Globe nomination.

The film is set during World War II in Germany’s Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. The Nazis unwittingly assemble the finest escape team in military history. Together, under the guidance of the brilliant Bartlett (Attenborough), the resourceful Hendley (Garner) and the steely, determined Hilts (McQueen), the men plot, scheme and dig their way to freedom.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc comes with hours of bonus content, including a new audio commentary by filmmaker and historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism author Steven Jay Rubin.

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Also included is an audio commentary with director Sturges and actors Garner, Coburn, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum and Jud Taylor, along with various crew members; a making-of documentary; three other documentaries narrated by Burt Reynolds; a look at the real Virgil Hilts; a documentary by Steven Clarke; additional interviews; and the original theatrical trailer.  

Neil Simon, Burt Reynolds DVD Sets Due Nov. 13 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will honor recently passed actor Burt Reynolds and writer Neil Simon with DVD collections Nov. 13.

Due on DVD at $14.98 is the “Burt Reynolds Collection” two-disc, four-film set, including The Man Who Loved Women, directed by Blake Edwards and co-starring Julie Andrews and Kim Basinger; Shamus, co-starring Dyan Cannon; Physical Evidence, co-starring Theresa Russell and Ned Beatty; and Switching Channels, co-starring Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve.

Coming to DVD at $19.98 is the three-disc set of eight “Neil Simon Comedies,” including The Slugger’s Wife, Lost in Yonkers, The Cheap Detective, Chapter Two, Only When I Laugh, Jake’s Women, London Suite and The Sunshine Boys.

Reynolds, Chase in ‘Last Movie Star’ March 27

Lionsgate will release the comedy The Last Movie Star on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats March 27. The film stars Burt Reynolds as a Hollywood icon facing the reality that his glory days are behind him after a friend (Chevy Chase) convinces him to accept a lifetime achievement award from a minor film festival.

The cast also includes Ariel Winter, Clark Duke and Ellar Coltrane.

Bonus materials include deleted scenes, commentary with director Adam Rifkin, and the featurette “The Best Is Yet to Come: Adam Rifkin of The Last Movie Star.”