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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 207536570
UPC: 024543519768
UPC 14: 00024543519768
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This is the Day That Changed the World...
The triumph and tragedy of the World War II heroes who stormed Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, are immortalized in this 1962 Oscar winner for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Special Effects.

Seen through the eyes of Allied generals, foot soldiers, strategists and paratroopers, The Longest Day recounts the largest and greatest military mission of all time. In a battle that would change the course of history, 5,000 ships unloaded over three million men on the beaches of France, and the Allies gained a valuable foothold on enemy territory, at an incalculable cost. This massive production required five directors and featured an international cast of thousands, including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Eddie Albert, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Rod Steiger, Stuart Whitman, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Curt Jurgens, and more!

"It is, and will most likely always remain, the definitve D-Day picture.  David Cornelius, Hollywood Bitchslap
"...legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck's heartfelt recreation of the D-Day landings is, in its own way, every bit as memorable [as Saving Private Ryan].  Empire
"One of the last great epic WW2 films. Brilliant retelling...complete with all-star international cast...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A solid and stunning war epic...  Variety
"Exhaustively accurate details and extremely talented cast make this one of the all-time great Hollywood epic productions.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
An all-star cast enlists for this epic recreation of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best (Black-and-White) Cinematography.

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Video Features DVD

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/7/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 178 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2251976
Video UPC UPC: 00024543519768
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.20:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Curd Jurgens
Video Cast Info Eddie Albert
Video Cast Info Fabian
Video Cast Info George Segal
Video Cast Info Henry Fonda
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Hunter
Video Cast Info John Wayne
Video Cast Info Paul Anka
Video Cast Info Peter Lawford
Video Cast Info Richard Burton
Video Cast Info Robert Mitchum
Video Cast Info Robert Ryan
Video Cast Info Robert Wagner
Video Cast Info Rod Steiger
Video Cast Info Roddy McDowall
Video Cast Info Sean Connery
Video Cast Info Cornelius Ryan - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Elmo Williams - Producer
Video Cast Info Jean Bourgoin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ken Annakin, et. al. - Director
Video Cast Info Leon Barsacq, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Romain Gary, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Samuel E. Beetley - Editor
Video Cast Info Walter Wottitz - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
An all-star cast enlists for this epic recreation of the Allied invasion of Normandy that took place on June 6, 1944. The film dramatises the viewpoints of the French, English, German, and American soldiers. Featured actors include John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, and many more.

Awards


Winner (1963)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Jean Bourgoin, et. al., Best Cinematography- Black and White

Nominee (1963)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Longest Day, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Winner (1963)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert MacDonald, Jacques Maumont, Best Effects, Special Effects

Nominee (1963)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ted Haworth, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
   Video Award Name Oscar, Samuel E. Beetley, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Darryl F. Zanuck, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Incredible scope and sweep....Fast-moving, dramatically on-target, and searingly realistic..." -- Rating: B 06/03/1994 p.64

USA Today
"...The all-star DAY holds up as a respectable portrayal of the event..." 11/05/1999 p.6E

Total Film
"...John Sturges' robust POW actioner follows the template he set with THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN... .It's turns from Dickie Attenborough and David McCallum that provide the heart..." 07/01/2003 p.136

Uncut
"This stunningly realised 1962 restaging of D-Day is the last great war epic." 07/01/2004 p.142

Sight and Sound
"[I]t's hard not to admire the logistical ingenuity with which Darryl Zanuck put together a production of this size." 08/01/2004 p.77

Widescreen Review
"THE LONGEST DAY features a massive all-star cast in its re-creation of the Allied invasion at Normandy Beach during World War II." 06/01/2006 p.71

Variety 9 of 10
Darryl F. Zanuck achieves a solid and stunning war epic. From personal vignettes to big battles, it details the first day of the D-Day Landings by the Allies on 6 June 1944...The savage fury and sound of war are ably caught on film. It emerges as a sort of grand scale semi-fictionalized documentary concerning the overall logistics needed for this incredible invasion. It carries its three hour length by the sheer tingle of the masses of manpower in action, peppered with little ironic, sad, silly actions that all add up to war...The use of over 43 actual star names in bit and pivotal spots helps keep up the aura of fictionalized documentary. But it is the action, time and place, and the actual machinery of war, that are the things...The battles [coordinated by associate producer Elmo Williams] ably take their places among some of the best ever put on the screen. A German strafing the beach, Yanks scaling a treacherous cliff only to find that there was no big gun there, British commandos taking a bridge, Yanks blowing up a big bunker, the French taking a town, all are done with massive pungent action. The black and white and CinemaScope screen help keep the focus on surge and movement.

FilmsGraded.com 8 of 10
"The Longest Day" was a mammoth project dramatizing D-day, the Allied invasion of France. It was nearly three hours in length and with an enormous ensemble cast, all playing supporting roles. The production was very conscientious about realism: the actors were always of the same nationality as their characters, and spoke in their native languages, leading to a lot of subtitles translating French and German dialogue. The American role in the invasion is not exaggerated, and the German soldiers and officers are not portrayed as brutal stereotypes...The truth is, a great invasion makes for great drama, and with the attention to detail and production values of "The Longest Day", the film couldn't miss. Complaints that I have about the film are minor: strafing planes don't bother to make a second pass, it is implied that the Germans lost the war because unstable Hitler wouldn't release the Panzer tanks, and attempts at comic relief generally fall flat...The cast is so enormous that it is difficult to remember who is what. But it is fun playing "name the actor": heavyweights John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Rod Steiger and Henry Fonda are easily spotted, as are middleweights such as Eddie Albert, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowell, Peter Lawford, George Segal and Jeffrey Hunter. - Brian Koller

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Albert,Eddie
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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