The Longest Day

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7.72 h 58 min1962X-RayALL
Allied forces prepare for a massive D-Day assault upon the beaches of Normandy during World War II.
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Ken AnnakinAndrew Marton
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John WayneRobert RyanRichard Burton
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DramaAction
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English [CC]
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Darryl F Zanuck
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not for use in the US!
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This is probably a brand new video but I'll never know, because down this webpage in tiny print it states it's only for use in the Australian region (AUS and NZ)! My wife never saw this, as it's not included in its general description, which is all most of us ever read other than these reviews. I had to return it and start my search over for a US regional version. For those not aware of this, videos are produced for one of the ten different global regions), based on different languages AND different video setting specific to only one or more regions. US users can play videos produced for any of three of the regions: 0, 1, and ALL. Search "DVD Region Code" to learn more. BTW, this disclaimer (AUS region only, as part of the larger Region 4) needs to be at the beginning of the product's general description!
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By CJs PirateReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of the Best About Normandy
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The Longest Day centers around the Allied invasion of Normandy. Not only is this a particularly good movie with fantastic actors, it's also very poignant as I write this review on the Friday before Memorial Day. Many thousands of lives were lost in taking the beach and thousands more by then end of war in Europe.

The Longest Day is one of those movies that's just too good not to be watched not just a few times but MANY times. While certainly Hollywood and definitely long and in glorious Black and White (and all shades of gray in between), if there was one movie that best depicts the invasion, this is it.
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KiwiwriterReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the classic World War II movies, 53 years later
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Darryl Zanuck spent vast sums of money to re-create D-Day, and did a fairly formidable job of accurately depicting what John Wayne calls "the most crucial day of our times."

Millions of people have seen this flick since 1962, so there probably isn't too much to add -- it makes excellent use of its vast array of stars, many of them still familiar today, to tie together the vast threads of the invasion into a reasonably coherent mass, tightly focusing on June 6, 1944. The star of the movie is not any one actor, even Mr. Wayne: it's the day itself, and the hordes of men and women who fight, endure, survive, or are killed during it.

There are weaknesses and annoyances...John Wayne at age 56 plays a man who was 26...the gore of the day is not re-created at all, because of the movie censorship of the times...except for a pair of paratroopers, the Canadians, who provided an entire division to the invasion, are invisible, while the French, who only provided a battalion and some Resistance fighters, have vast screen time...the British seem to provide mostly comic relief (most of the British actors were comedians, as it happens)...Jim Gavin, as played by Robert Ryan, is far too old for his role (he was 36)...and the map of Normandy behind him is one that was made AFTER the battle, and shows the various arrows that resulted after the briefing Gavin gives...the real Rangers who stormed Pointe de Hoe or Pointe du Hoc (I call it Point Ad Hoc) found the guns some distance away, as they were being brought up to be installed...the American paratroopers jumped from American C-47 Dakotas into Normandy, not British Stirlings.

But for the layman, who is learning about D-Day for the first time, this is a good place to start. It captures many of the realities of the battle, such as the famous glider assault on Pegasus Bridge, the struggle to clear Omaha Beach, the paratroopers in the swamps, and the stunning indecision with which the Germans faced the invasion. That alone should shock most casual students of World War II or movie fans, who are probably used to seeing hawk-faced German officers figure out brilliant moves that annihilate the incompetent (usually British) forces with great speed. In fact, the Germans faced the Normandy invasion with incredible levels of incompetence and indecision, with numerous key German officers (like Rommel) far away from their posts, and others reluctant to make a decision or even wake the Fuehrer.

The fact of the matter on D-Day was that ample bravery, determination, and courage was shown on both sides, but the Allies had more of it. Cornelius Ryan's closing lines in the book upon which this movie is based are absolutely borne out: "From this day, the Third Reich had less than one year to live."

The DVD pack also has commentary by a historian on the film and the war, who notes important points about how the film conveys the battle, the British director of the film, who reminisces about his work, and a second DVD with a History Channel documentary comparing the movie with the reality -- real Rangers and paratroopers compare their experiences with those of the film. Mr. Zanuck himself narrates a 1968 documentary about the Normandy battlefields as they appeared at that time -- the tourist industry for those sites was just building up.

Because of the weaknesses of the film on the reality of death and dying on D-Day (Spielberg does it better in "Saving Private Ryan") and the slighting to the British and Canadians, I can't give this film five stars. But it remains a classic World War II film, and a must-have for your movie library.
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GerryD.Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I almost forgot how great this movie really is.
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If you like this wonderful cast you will like this movie, period. I'll assume you've already seen this classic and that's why you're buying it. The best thing about buying this Blu-ray is that it comes with the DVD. How smart is that? If they all included a DVD I bet they would sell a lot more Blu-rays.
Lets face it, DVD's are so much more practical, you can play them on almost anything. Though I have a Blu-ray deck the Br disk will never get used in all likelihood. Why bother? This is a 1960's B&W movie with all the grainy goodness you're learned to love . Sit back and enjoy this epic !
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Dave's WarbirdsReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Colorized version - this is a review for the colorized version!
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I noticed that the reviews for the colorized version of "The Longest Day" are mostly for the standard black and white version of the DVD - Amazon is not separating reviews of the two different versions.

The colorized version is from Australia, but luckily is region free and plays well on my player here in the USA. I own the previous colorized version released on VHS (done by Turner Classic Movies), and this appears to be a direct DVD copy of that VHS release. You can see the VHS scan lines barely appear at the very bottom of the screen, which was my first clue. The more obvious sign is that the resolution appears to be 480p - potential buyers expecting DVD quality clarity will be disappointed. I also own a good quality black and white copy on DVD, which has the clarity/resolution that we have come to expect from DVDs. If you are my age and grew up watching VHS movies, you will not mind the resolution too much (if you sit well back from the TV). If your experience is only with DVDs and BluRays, buyer beware! Also, if you are wondering if the colorization was done well, I think it was. I never noticed any issues with the color implementation or accuracy.

So would I recommend this version of this classic movie? Maybe - If you only buy one version of the movie, buy the black and white version. If you don't mind having two versions, buy both. I say that big fans of the movie will be the most receptive (though cinema purists will turn up their nose at it). As someone who watches the movie every year on June 6th, the colorized version is a nice change of pace once in a while.
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John P. Jones IIIReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well, I knew how it would turn out…
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…as do most of us. Overall, the Allied landing at Normandy was a brilliant success and within a year the Third Reich was no more. Never to be forgotten is the fact that the Russians, coming the other way, were a very major reason Hitler’s Germany came to an end.

This movie was made in 1962 when America was still riding high in the afterglow of it military success in the Second World War. The directors were Ken Annakin and Andrew Martin. The cliché, a “star-studded cast,” is most appropriate, with Richard Burton, John Wayne, Robert Ryan and Robert Mitchum being only a few of the great ones of yore. The movie is in black and white. The scale is vast and some serious bucks were dropped on the movie: $50 million. It was obvious however that images of the actor playing Rommel were “cut and pasted” against the background of the Normandy beach, such were the limits of the film technology of the time. And the phrase, “The Longest Day,” was credited to Rommel because he knew that the Allies had to be pushed back into the sea on the first day or all was lost. The intrinsic censorship in almost all war movies is operative: one never really shows what it is like to be wounded in battle. The vast majority of soldiers are simple alive one moment; stone dead the next. Occasional there is the cry for “medic,” but zero indication what that individual might be required to do.

The movie is almost three hours long. I decided to time it: it was 52 minutes into the movie before the first Allied soldiers were in France, when the gliders crash-landed with commandos whose job it was to hold a particular bridge. I felt that the buildup to the invasion and the tension over the weather conditions, the tides and the precise date were important to convey. I still remember Norman Mailer describing, in “The Naked and the Dead,” set in the Pacific side of WW2, how it is that you get men to charge into machine gun fire: long periods of utter boredom, under unpleasant living conditions, and they’ll happily do anything else for a change!

An hour and seven minutes in, American troops landed on Omaha Beach. Of the five beaches, the largest possibility of being driven back into the sea occurred there, a fact well brought out in the movie. The movie correctly also indicated a key reason they were not: Hitler’s sleep could not be disturbed, so the tanks held in reserve, which could only be released with his approval, were not.

In terms of historical accuracy, there is an impressive array of consultants in the credits. As another reviewer noted, while there is no real falsehood, there are numerous selective examples of over and under emphasis. The French who played a very small role in the invasion (one battalion) are credited with an outsized role, whereas the Canadians, that had one of the five beaches, with an entire division, are entirely omitted. The fighting to take Ouistreham by the British was shown, but there was no hint that it would take them one month to go 12 km in order to take Caen, a first-day objective (And Caen was largely reduced to rubble in the process). Ah, and John Wayne’s lines themselves are truly cringe-worthy, and coupled with his “I’m Mr. Tough Guy” delivery, they are execrable.

I’ve been to the beaches at Normandy several times. And if you go, by far, the most impressive movie is, fittingly in the city arising from the ashes, Caen, at their Memorial, a small theater with three enormous screens, different images on each, from the Allied and German side, impossible to watch all three at the same time – fittingly again – just like in a real war. I was once in the 4th Infantry Division – in a different war – and it was not until 1989, when I was at Normandy, that I discovered the 4th was the division assigned to Utah Beach. A fellow medic from the 4th and I went there in 1990 with a special purpose. More than any movie, the impressive American military cemetery high on the bluff above Omaha Beach, immaculately maintained with its long row upon row of crosses, truffled with star of davids, is a moving testament to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. To paraphrase Rupert Brooke’s famous line of poetry, true for many a nationality: One corner of a foreign field that will be forever American.

My friend’s mother’s first husband, John Inman, was also in the 4th. He died on June 12. In the last letter she received from him, he mentioned that his glasses were broken and he hoped to get replacements. Just a passing scene in the movie was the one that hit home the hardest: the guy trying to get off a shot at a German but had to get his glasses on first. My friend’s mother would never know if the lack of eyeglasses was the cause of his death. As is the custom, we bought a bottle of Calvados and laid it on his grave.

A powerful traumatic movie about one of the impressive and defining events in American history, marred with some inappropriate tough-guy rhetoric, when it was those details and unlikely chance events that needed more emphasis: 4-stars.
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Jeff SwitzerReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The greatest generation in one of their greatest moments
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This movie is a good respite from today's world of extreme blood and guts in movies. The movie shows some of the activities, and tough decisions, especially by Ike, leading up to D-Day as well as the event itself. Often I watch this movie around June 6th as a reminder what a lot of brave men did for all of us. Combine this movie with Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, The Pacific and Flags of Our Fathers (all more intense movies) and you have a real perspective on WWII. It would nice if there was a good movie that dramatized the U.S. Navy's overall WWII effort in the Pacific.

It's good that the British side of things is included, we American's often portray that the Brits were along as observers. It would have been even better if the contributions of the Canadians were also emphasized.

It's nice to see many of the movie stars, from the period when the movie was made, in the movie. It truly has an all star cast.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the greatest epic war films ever made
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The Longest Day released in 1962 was one of the early epic war films released in the 1960s and 70s. It was put together by Darryl Zanuck who was one of the major studio executives in Hollywood. He went all out on this film hiring separate British, French and German crews to film in each of those countries. It also had a star studded cast including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Robert Wagner, Rod Steiger, Edmond O’Brien, Robert Mitchum, Roddy McDowall, Eddie Albert, Richard Beymer, amongst many others. Those two factors alone were the major reasons why the movie was one of the most expensive movies made of its time.

The Longest Day set a precedent as well. Besides the all star cast it had huge, sweeping war scenes. Thousands of extras were hired, it was filmed across Europe, it had realistic beach landings in Normandy, etc. The enormity of the battles would be repeated by others afterward.

The movie was also pretty historically accurate which was also not something war movies were known for. The German generals complaining about how to respond to the invasion, the U.S. paratroopers getting spread all over France, the assault on Pointe du Hoc, the attack on Ouistreham by French commandos were all based upon real events. The major characters were all real people as well.

Another innovation of the movie was that it tried to show all the sides in the conflict. That included not only the German generals at the start, then the British and Americans afterward, but also the French. There were Free French forces in the invasion and French resistance fighters that were also included in the film to give it a well rounded presentation of the combatants.

Really war movies come down to the action. Here it was outstanding. There were huge productions such as the landings in Normandy or the French attack upon Ouistreham that has long panoramic shots of the fighting.

The movie also tried to humanize the battle. A British parachute priest loses his communion in a river and is intent upon finding it even though there are bullets flying around him. You get an American paratrooper played by Red Buttons who landed on the top of a French church and was stuck there for hours. There’s a Frenchman that is so happy when the invasion begins he ignores all the explosions going off around him and flies the French flag. There’s Richard Burton, a shot down British pilot and Richard Beymer a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division who end up in a French farmhouse looking at a dead German officer who has his boots on the wrong feet because he was in such a hurry to respond to the invasion. Burton reflects on the recent events and says, “He’s [the German] dead, I’m crippled and you’re lost. I guess it is always like that in war.”

Overall, the Longest Day is a classic and still holds up in the present era.
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