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The Longest Day (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1962)

John Wayne , Robert Ryan , Andrew Marton , Bernhard Wicki  |  NR |  DVD
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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: Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (482 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film
  • Commentary by director Ken Annakin
  • Commentary by historian Mary Corey
  • Disc 2:
  • "A Day To Remember" featurette
  • "Longest Day: A Salute to Courage" featurette
  • "AMC Backstory: The Longest Day" featurette
  • "D-Day Revisted" documentary
  • "Richard Zannuck on The Longest Day" featurette
  • Still Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer plus bonus trailers

Editorial Reviews

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 Oscars® (Special Effects and Cinematography), The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.

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205 of 215 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic War Drama, Even If a Bit Dated May 21, 2003
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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115 of 122 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 Great movie
This was an awesome movie. The streaming kept interrupting and we had to stop it several times and restart, but the movie was great! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Helen D. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical picture on D-Day landings with great cast of actors.
Detailed D-Day landing on Normandy, France beaches June 6th.,1944. Original black and white movie/documentary with places, dates, time, action, both German and Allies. Read more
Published 7 days ago by jamesnicholl
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Classic!!
Definitely a favorite of mine. I wish I owned a copy of the DVD so I could replay it over and over!
Published 9 days ago by James Leaghty
5.0 out of 5 stars difficult to watch
impressive - I've known people who participated in the landing and survived unscathed and one classmate who died in a glider crash
Published 9 days ago by SUNNYSIDE
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece of entertainment history
First saw this as a kid as my Dad served as a pilot in D-Day invasion. Although I enjoyed Saving Private Ryan a bit more, this was a well made movie worth watching.
Published 10 days ago by William W. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
This is a realistic portrayal of the D-Day landings by 1960 standards. It may be disappointing for some who want to see the
"gore" of more recent movies, but because... Read more
Published 14 days ago by readergirl66
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
A war time epic. The telling of a story so large that it takes most of the stars in Hollywood to tell it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Eric Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Many stories woven together
Lots of believable action and believable characters. The part about Werner Pluscat being the first to see The Normandy Invasion is apocryphal (he was NOT on the beach the morning... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dennis M. Meinert
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
A good story, effects are obviously dated. Interesting to note that most of the prominent characters were actual military people in that conflict, and many of those actual military... Read more
Published 24 days ago by David M Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is an excellent movie about the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. I saw it many years ago but became interested in seeing it again after visiting Omaha Beach at Normandy.
Published 1 month ago by D. Keith
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