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The Longest Day [Blu-ray] (1962)

John Wayne , Robert Ryan , Andrew Marton , Bernhard Wicki  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum
  • Directors: Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck, Gerd Oswald, Ken Annakin
  • Writers: Cornelius Ryan, David Pursall, Jack Seddon
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00158K0RY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Longest Day [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This special collector's commemorative edition has been issued in honor of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of France, which marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen.

The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour recreation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes, and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two 1962 OscarsÂ(r) (Special Effects and Cinematography), The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.


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228 of 239 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic War Drama, Even If a Bit Dated May 21, 2003
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The Longest Day (1962 film)
In 1959, 15 years after the Allied invasion of Normandy, former war correspondent Cornelius Ryan wrote The Longest Day, his popular and critically-acclaimed account of the D-Day landings. Based on painstaking research and interviews with Allied and German veterans and the French civilians swept up in the events of June 6, 1944, The Longest Day remains among the best books on the topic.
It is not surprising, then, that 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck bought the film rights and asked Ryan, (who, besides having been a reporter, had also written plays) to adapt The Longest Day into a screenplay for a major motion picture. Zanuck, who had served in the Army Signal Corps as a lieutenant colonel and helped document the D-Day landings, had always wanted to make a feature film about the invasion. He also had another pressing reason to make what he thought would be a big hit: 20th Century-Fox, nearly crippled by box office flops and the costly production of Cleopatra, was on the brink of bankruptcy.
In order to attract audiences, Zanuck and his massive production team assembled a cast almost as large as the actual invasion force. 48 major international stars from three countries were signed on to what a World War II trivia book described as "the most expensive black-and-white movie made." Shot in studios near Paris and on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, The Longest Day required not one but three directors. Andrew Marton shot the American exterior episodes, Bernhard Wicki handled the German exterior episodes, and Ken Annakin directed the British exterior episodes. Overseeing the entire project were Zanuck and Associate Producer Elmo Williams, who would later executive produce the Japanese-American Pearl Harbor classic, Tora! Tora! Tora!
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123 of 132 people found the following review helpful
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Here we have the consummate of all war movies of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII in a 2-disc release.

Disk 2 bonus features include - A Day To Remember; Longest Day: A Salute to Courage; Backstory - The Longest Day; D-Day Revisted; Richard Zannuck on The Longest Day and a Still Gallery, all well worth owning this release.

However, in 2000 when FOX released a new digital but non-anamorphic transfer, they wisely placed the German and French subtitles in the lower "black bar" area left vacant due to the letterbox format, making for a very pleasant viewing experience. In this release the subtitles are restored back onto the main body of the film. As the text is white and the film being B&W, this makes for a very fatiguing 3 hours of viewing. Sometimes the text just disappears in the white portions of the film.

***Mini update! As someone politely pointed out, with newer HI-DEF 16 x 9 widescreen TV's, the subtitle text would disappear with the non-anamorphic 2000 version. As HDTV has superb color and grayscale resolution, this is probably a moot point. As I and many are still waiting for HDTV prices to come down & the technology to go up, it may be advantageous to own both sets.

Otherwise a great movie portraying a fairly realistic look at that fateful day of June 6, 1944. Filmed appropriately in Black & White with complementing WWII stock footage. This is a film for the whole family as it truly does represent the carnage of war without the blood and gore that can disturb some viewers (like myself).
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The first time I saw "The Longest Day" in a movie theater they got a couple of the reels mixed up. The only way I knew this was that every time a major figure shows up in the film we are told their name, rank and unit. This mistake did not hurt the film all that much because this sprawling story of the D-Day invasion sixty years ago today was so huge and complex that it had four directors: Ken Annakin (British scenes), Andrew Marton (American scenes) Bernhard Wicki (German scenes), and the uncredited Darryl F. Zanuck. Granted, the realism of the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" make the storming of Omaha Beach in this 1962 film look like a walk on the beach in comparison, but "The Longest Day" remains along with "Battleground" one of the most realistic portrayals of what it was like for the infantry in World War II from what we will know have to call the old school Hollywood and which ended with "A Bridge Too Far" in 1977.

Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A great cast of Hollywood's stars to produce what took place before and during the D-Day invasion
Published 2 hours ago by Victor V Timpanaro
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie. a must for any war buff
excellent movie. a must for any war buff, or anybody for that matter. I will never tire if this movie.
Published 1 day ago by eugene f dunham III
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great classic movie
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A classic, great details and info.
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An all time great movie!
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Published 8 days ago by GEORGE WEIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film for any person interested in WWII.
Published 11 days ago by OLDEESTUNES
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget!
A tour de force of 60's celebrities from both sides of the pond, painting, sometimes with a broad brush and at others with the finest details, a portrait of one of the most... Read more
Published 12 days ago by B. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Upgrade to High-Definition Format. Classic Film with Superior Performances from Serious Actors. Required Viewing for All History Students.
Published 13 days ago by John Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Cast Includes Many Great Actors--Established And Those In The Making
I liked seeing all the actors. I like the presentation of the war from both sides. It is filmed in black and white and I think for this movie, it's appropriate. Read more
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