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.
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