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WWII Original Movie Classics: Box 2 (5 DVD Plus Bonus DVD)(Tin) (The Guns of Navarone/From Here to Eternity/The Bridge on the River Kwai) (1944)

Gregory Peck , David Niven , David Lean , J. Lee Thompson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift
  • Directors: David Lean, J. Lee Thompson, Fred Zinnemann
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Madacy (Music Distributor)
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TH37RG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Synopsis: Guns of Navarone: Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects.

From Here to Eternity: In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day on December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Furthermore, each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Bridge on the River Kwai: When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), Best Director (David Lean), Best Cinematography (Jack Hildyard), Best Film Editing (Peter Taylor), Best Music, Scoring (Malcolm Arnold), Best Screenplay based on material from another medium (Michael Wilson, Carl Forman, Pierre Boulle), and Best Picture (Sam Spiegel). Even its theme song, and old World War II whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive worldwide hit.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII MOVIE CLASSICS May 11, 2011
By R. Amos
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For an old veteran like me, this was a "must-have" for my DVD collection. High quality reproduction on DVD ensures hours of enjoyment and recollection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different Views of WWII April 24, 2014
THE GUNS OF NAVARONE have long been silent but the legend of this extraordinary and endearing film lingers on in our memory. They just don't make them like this any more. The script, the score (Dimitri Tiomkin), the cinematography, the actors and the characters they played are indelibly etched into the psyche. I often have fleeting thoughts of this film, happy ones, of the images, the words and the music from this WWII legend. The examination of camaraderie, the morality of killing and not killing, bravery, survival, betrayal, forgiveness and getting the job done are all integrated into a logical and emotional cohesive film that is both entertaining yet important in its representation of the extraordinary human qualities that can only be realized during war. THE GUNS OF NAVARONE is one of my favorite films and the less said the better. I just savor my memories of it and get a little warmth in my heart.

David Lean's BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is also another classic combining good stiff upper lip heroics and an overall cynicism of war and its futility as a means of expressing the humanity of all affected. This is a great film. It is interesting how William Holden's single handedness puts the entire essence of that statement to the test. William Holden and Alec Guinness are idealistically and diametrically opposed though not seen so visually in the same frame. Yet, Alec Guinness leaves an indelible image as the inimitable British Colonel Nicholson and Sessue Hayakawa as the powerfully weak Colonel Saito with William Holden, the American and cynic looking in on the entire madness. William Holden's character and predicament almost seem secondary to the central plot, but ultimately the American falls into the madness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classics April 9, 2013
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Classic movies with classic stars, the likes of which we may never see again. True Hollywood spectaculars, the stories are honest, poignant, gritty and still very relevant.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! March 29, 2010
By R. cole
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great videos in which some are based on facts. Some of the best actors of all time are in these movies. they don't make like this anymore!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Classics and an Also Ran June 5, 2011
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Haven't seen Guns of Navarone for many years and enjoyed it immensely. Never watched From Here to Eternity from beginning to end and it was outstanding, too.

Bridge on the River Kwai was another matter. Except for William Holden's performance I just can't recommend this one. Too long, too slow, too ambiguous.

Maybe it just needs a remake.
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