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Cross Of Iron (Digitally Restored) (Blu-ray)

Released on 06 June 2011

Featuring: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell & James Mason

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 18 years & over

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Cross Of Iron is the only war film directed by master filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. With the same tenacity and style he brought to such classics as 'The Wild Bunch', 'Straw Dogs' and 'The Getaway', Peckinpah delivers a riveting and violent tale of men on the front lines of battle.

Set in 1943, this explosive epic centers on Corporal Steiner (James Coburn), an accomplished but war-weary combat veteran leading a group of German soldiers on the Russian front. Steiner´s authority comes under attack when Captain Stransky (Maximilian Schell) takes over the command of his troops.

A Prussian aristocrat, Stransky has one goal in mind: to win the coveted Iron Cross, Germany´s highest medal, at any cost. The two military aces soon face off in an intense and deadly battle of wills. Highlighted by Peckinpah´s trademark balletic violence, ultra-realistic battle scenes and a top cast that also includes David Warner and James Mason.
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 Masters of War

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Sam Peckinpah`s only war film Cross of Iron finally arrives on Blu-ray in near pristine condition. Filmed from the German point of view, it`s set during the Wehrmacht`s long and bloody retreat from Russia. There are massive battle scenes, but the main thrust of the movie is the tension between James Coburn`s Corporal Steiner and Maximilian Schell`s ambitious Capt Stransky; a man who not only covets the Iron Cross that Steiner wears, but also the respect & admiration he commands amongst his men. It`s a movie that shows that not all Germans who fought the war were Nazis, but did it because they were patriots. Shot on a budget that nearly bankrupted the producers, Cross of Iron dazzles with it`s realistic and bloody battle scenes, shot in Peckinpah`s trademark slowmotion technique. The whole cast, script and production values are outstanding, in a movie that only the great Peckinpah could have shot in such a brutal and blood splattered fashion. For me, this is the definitive war movie; typically shot by this maverick film maker from the German point of view, and showing them as men grimly fighting for their country`s survival, not as blood crazed anti semitic fanatics. It`s a masterpiece of war, and highly recommended.

 Excellent transfer.

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I remember seeing this wee gem of a war film when it first came out in the Cinema,and being enthralled by Peckinpah,s work,I bought it immediately when it came out on dvd,now it has been released on blu-ray,and it is an excellent transfer.
You can see a huge jump in picture quality even with the opening titles/credits.It has a soft,but very clear,look about it,and the picture quality gets better as the film goes on.
This blu-ray should not be compared to other blu-rays,it should be compared to the standard dvd,and in this comparison the blu-ray is a huge jump from the dvd,it,s not Zulu,what is,it,s the BEST this great war film is ever going to look,and whoever restored it deserves all the plaudits going.
For fans of Cross of Iron this blu-ray is a MUST-BUY,it also has a great documentary about the making of the film too,Highly Recommended.
Thanks,
Davy Cairns,Scotland.

 Cross Of Iron

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At last they have digitally remastered Mr Peckinpahs classic WWII
movie this is a most for all Sam fans out there great story great action in classic Peckinpah slow motion (still nobody can do slow motion action like Sam) If you buy this you must buy the best western of all time on Blu-ray Sams The Wild Bunch All we need now is to release Sams Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid on Blu-ray another classic Sam movie come on Warners stop Knocking on Heavens Door

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ActorsJames Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Klaus Löwitsch, Vadim Glowna, Roger Fritz, Dieter Schidor, Burkhard Driest, Fred Stillkrauth, Michael Nowka, Véronique Vendell, Arthur Brauss & Senta Berger
DirectorSam Peckinpah
Certificate18 years and over
Year1977
LanguagesEnglish
Duration2 hours and 12 minutes (approx)