The Guns of Navarone: 50th Anniversary Edition (1961) artwork

The Guns of Navarone: 50th Anniversary Edition (1961)

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Based on the Alistair MacLean novel and directed by J. Lee Thompson, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the heroic WWII epic adventure The Guns of Navarone released Blu-ray on 24th October 2011.
James Darren, Anthony Quayle, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Gregory Peck
J. Lee Thompson
Carl Foreman, Cecil F. Ford, Leon Becker
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2 hours 38 minutes
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Based on the Alistair MacLean novel and directed by J. Lee Thompson (Battle for The Planet of the Apes, MacKenna's Gold, Cape Fear, What A Way To Go), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the heroic WWII epic adventure The Guns of Navarone with the release of a 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 24th October 2011.

Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird), Anthony Quinn (Lawrence of Arabia) and David Niven (The Pink Panther) are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50's working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel to the screen. Academy Award® nominee for Best Picture (1961) and winner for Best Special Effects (1961) and a Golden Globe® winner for Best Picture (Drama, 1961), The Guns of Navarone is supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale. The film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award® nominations.

In keeping with previous restoration efforts by Sony Pictures, The Guns of Navarone 50th Anniversary Edition has been newly remastered following an extensive 4K digital restoration from the original camera negative. Other classic Columbia Pictures titles that have undergone 4K restoration efforts for subsequent Blu-ray releases include Dr. Strangelove, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Taxi Driver.

The 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of The Guns of Navarone features many extras, including all new Blu-ray exclusive The Greek Resistance, as well as previously released extras The Real World of Guns of Navarone, Forging The Guns of Navarone and an Epic Restoration Feraturette.

Academy Award®-winners Gregory Peck (1962, Best Actor, To Kill A Mockingbird), David Niven (1958, Best Actor, Separate Tables) and Anthony Quinn (1952, Best Supporting Actor, Viva Zapata!; 1956, Lust For Life) star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel, The Guns Of Navarone was nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture and won for Best Special Effects (1961).

  • Commentary with Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin
  • Commentary with Director J. Lee Thompson
  • Forging the Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set
  • Iconic Epic of Heroism
  • Epic Restoration
  • A Heroic Score
  • Narration-free Prologue
  • Memories of Navarone Retrospective Documentary
  • Message from Carl Foreman
  • Great Guns Original Featurette
  • No Visitors Featurette
  • Honeymoon on Rhodes
  • Two Girls On The Town Original Featurette
  • Original Trailer
  • Exhibitor's Trailer

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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