Blu-ray News #32: Escape From Alcatraz (1979).

Escape From Alcatraz LC

Directed by Don Siegel
Starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Fred Ward

Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood’s final collaboration, Escape From Alcatraz (1979), is tight, tough, cool and exciting — just what you’d expect from the guy who directed Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954), Dirty Harry (1971), Charley Varrick (1973) and so many others.

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Well researched and actually shot at Alcatraz (which had to be partially restored prior to filming), it’s coming to Blu-ray from Paramount in October. (I’ve been wanting to watch this one again, but I’ll wait for the Blu-ray.) Highly, highly recommended.

Speaking of Siegel, Criterion has brought their 1946/1964 The Killers double feature to Blu-ray. Siegel made the 1964 version — starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Ronald Reagan, John Cassavettes and Clu Galager — as a TV movie, but Universal sent it to theaters instead. (Robert Siodmak directed the 1946 one, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.) Very good stuff.

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Filed under 1979, Angie Dickinson, Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, DVD/Blu-ray News, Lee Marvin

2 responses to “Blu-ray News #32: Escape From Alcatraz (1979).

  1. john k

    The last great Siegel picture.
    The Blu-Ray has been available in Europe for some time now.
    Wonderful to see all these classic Siegel films appearing on
    Blu-Ray.
    Hope it’s not too long before we see MADIGAN and
    THE SHOOTIST in that format.

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    • With so much of this picture in the dark, Blu-ray should make a big difference.

      You’re right, it’s terrific to see these Siegels getting the hi-def treatment. I’ve got to pick up Private Hell 36, which I’ve never seen.

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