Warner continue to release some classic movies on Blu-ray and this
time around, it's the original 1972 The Getaway that stars the
legendary Steve McQueen and the beautiful Ali MacGraw.
1994 remake with Kim Basinger and Alex Baldwin, the original is a
far more substantial film thanks to director Sam Peckinpah and when
originally released, it caused some controversial due to the violent
nature of its concept.
In The Getaway, Steve McQueen plays a
convicted bank robber whose wife seductively makes a deal with a
politician in order for him to be released from prison with a catch
that he will receive a percentage of their next robbery.
as fate would dictate, the robbery goes awry and the couple are
forced to flee to Mexico as they are chased by a group of
individuals who want their blood.
The movie was quite unique for its
time and featured some great classic Hollywood scenes such as the
action scene on the train, however I must admit that unfortunately
The Getaway has dated a little since its conception due to the fact
that many films have "copied" this premise and the powerful message
seems to have been lost in time.
If you're a fan of classic
Hollywood films or Steve McQueen, than this is the movie for you,
however for the majority of viewers, they may want to seek their
The movie is presented in widescreen 16:9 with
Dolby Digital 1.0 Audio. The video quality has been improved and
looks quite impressive on Blu-ray for a film of this caliber,
however it's a shame that the audio sounds a little flat. Needless
to say, The Getaway is still a classic movie and could be the
considered the archetype of many modern crime films.
Commentary by Peckinpah Biographers/Documentarians Nick Redman, Paul
Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle
"Virtual" Commentary by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah