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The Longest Day (2 Disc Special Edition)

Released on 31 May 2004

Featuring: Hans Christian Blech, Richard Burton & Red Buttons

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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On June 6, 1944, the Allied Invasion of France 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.

Presented in its original black & white version, The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour re-creation 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 Oscars (Special Effects and Cinematography), the Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.
  • 'D-Day Revisited' Documentary
  • Original Theatrical Trailers for 'The Longest Day', 'Patton' and 'Tora! Tora! Tora!'
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Selection

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 The longer the better.

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The most expensive black and white movie ever made has become slightly overshadowed in recent years by Saving Private Ryan. Side by side they make excellent bedfellows; Day has the grand strategy, Ryan has the small unit tactics.
The cinematography is as rich as Ryans is bleached- gracing the momentous and personal chapters with added pathos and dignity.
An unmatched division of international stars litter the multiple battlefields, occaisionally crossing paths, but always allowing the audience to know exactly where they are in the chaotic events.
There are many stand out moments, but the Free French attack on the hotel, monitored by a crane shot, has the mark of genius.

 HIT THE BEACHES WITH THIS AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL RE-TELLING!

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Made while the Second World War was still fresh in the minds of a whole generation and with several of the actual combatants as technical advisors, THE LONGEST DAY is an epic and realistic retelling of the events leading up to, and eventual outcome, of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944. Filmed in black and white (in fact, one of the very last war films to be so) and in a style similar to the archive news footage of the conflict, it certainly feels authentic - as highlighted by the German and French characters speaking in their natural tongues in scenes featuring subtitles.

The five Directors have been careful to tell the story from both the Axis and Allied viewpoints and as such the film retains an air of impartiality throughout. There are no heroes and villains, merely men and women struggling to survive in a war situation. We see the boredom of the Allied servicemen awaiting the final signal to go after so many setbacks, the belief of many of the German High Command that Normandy is an unlikely point of invasion, and the bitter squabbles of the officers on both sides over strategy.

The film boasts a magnificent collection of international screen stars, one of the largest ever assembled, which features everyone from RICHARD BURTON and CURT JURGENS to ROBERT MITCHUM and RED BUTTONS. Obviously this means that many have only brief cameo appearances - look out for SEAN CONNERY and GERT FROBE in their pre-GOLDFINGER days! - but with such a wealth of talent available a sure-fire hit was guaranteed.

Although the action scenes are a long time in coming - the first half of the three hours is largely used for character introductions and campaign planning - they are certainly worth the wait. From German fighter planes strafing the crowded beach-heads to the (ultimately futile) American Ranger assault on Pointe Du Hoc and the French Commando raid at Ouistreham (beginning with a brilliant, continuous overhead shot of the action), we are placed in the very thick of the fighting along with the troops.

Of course, those wishing for violence in the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN mould will be largely disappointed. These were the days before celluloid visionaries like SAM PECKINPAH upped the ante for screen deaths, after all, and bullets often merely result in men clutching their chests and falling over. Nevertheless, the battle scenes remain gripping and outstanding set pieces in their own right which viewers will remember long after watching the film.

There are moments of humour too (such as LESLIE PHILLIPS calling his Homing Pigeons "traitors" when they fly towards the German lines) and several emotionally charged incidents interspaced between the battle and bloodshed while surprisingly, all-American hard-man JOHN WAYNE does not even fire his rifle at all!

Extras-wise the DVD is very light despite being a two-disc package. There is an interesting documentary but other than this only a trio of trailers for the film itself, PATTON and TORA! TORA! TORA!. However, the overall high quality of the film more than makes up for the Extras shortfall and is thoroughly recommended.

 Truly Awesome

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I have to admit this is one of the best war movies ever made. You can almost feel the sheer chaos and the bravery of the men who took part in D-Day. A great reminder of those who were lost on June 6th 1944 and the hardships they faced.

 brilliant

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best war film ever made exellent price i have it on video but am going to buy it on dvd its a must buy

 Fantastic

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This has to be up with the best WWII films of all time. Always a joy to watch even with John Wayne in the film! The film follows the story of a number of characters from both sides of the story during the opening phases of D-Day.

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ActorsHans Christian Blech, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Gert Frobe, Curt Jurgens, Peter Lawford, Sal Mineo, Roddy McDowall, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Leslie Phillips, Wolfgang Preiss, Robert Wagner & John Wayne
DirectorKen Annakin & Andrew Marton
CertificatePG
Year1962
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 50 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.