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Longest Day (Blu-ray)

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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!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 207536570
UPC 024543519768
UPC 14 00024543519768
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/7/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.20:1
Name Albert,Eddie
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Cornelius Ryan - Based On Book By
Curd Jurgens - Actor
Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Eddie Albert - Actor
Elmo Williams - Producer
Fabian - Actor
George Segal - Actor
Henry Fonda - Actor
Jean Bourgoin - Cinematographer
Jeffrey Hunter - Actor
John Wayne - Actor
Ken Annakin, et. al. - Director
Leon Barsacq, et. al. - Art Director
Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Paul Anka - Actor
Peter Lawford - Actor
Richard Burton - Actor
Robert Mitchum - Actor
Robert Ryan - Actor
Robert Wagner - Actor
Rod Steiger - Actor
Roddy McDowall - Actor
Romain Gary, et. al. - Screenplay
Samuel E. Beetley - Editor
Sean Connery - Actor
Walter Wottitz - Cinematographer
Winner (1963) Golden Globe, Jean Bourgoin, et. al., Best Cinematography- Black and White,Oscar, Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Oscar, Robert MacDonald, Jacques Maumont, Best Effects, Special Effects
Nominee (1963) Golden Globe, The Longest Day, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Ted Haworth, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White,Oscar, Samuel E. Beetley, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Darryl F. Zanuck, Best Picture
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
ReviewRating 9
Review "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.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Albert,Eddie
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
David Cornelius, Hollywood Bitchslap It is, and will most likely always remain, the definitve D-Day picture.
Empire ...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].
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide One of the last great epic WW2 films. Brilliant retelling...complete with all-star international cast...
Variety A solid and stunning war epic...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Exhaustively accurate details and extremely talented cast make this one of the all-time great Hollywood epic productions.
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