Reviews

The Great Escape

4

Forget the nostalgia factor, there's plenty more to enjoy here

Given it's been infused into the national DNA, it’s tricky to approach John Sturges’ WW2 POW caper with fresh eyes.

Give it a go though – even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia.

There’s the nigh-perfect ensemble (garner, McQueen, Attenborough et al), their relationships sketched with a generosity and humanism that (seriously) recalls Kurosawa; the gloriously uncomplicated white-hats/black-hats feel you get when your villains are bastard Nazis – and that heart-in-the-mouth final act.

Grogeous transfer plus DVD-holdover extras, including a flock of featurettes.