Stalag 17 (1953) DVD9It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all Sergeants, they have to deal with another problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans. As tensions mount and a mob mentality takes root, it becomes obvious that Sefton will have to find the real snitch if he his to have any peace and avoid the beatings Duke and others have inflicted on him.

Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War, Thriller

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:55:27 | 5.22 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Russian
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech(Ceske), Dansk, Greek, Hebrew, Hrvatski, Islenska, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk

BD25 | 1080p AVC | 02:00:33 | 21.0 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Commentary with Actors Richard Erdman and Gil Stratton and Co-Playwright Donald Bevan: By the time anyone got around to recording a commentary, many of the principals had passed away and those who remained were well into their 80s. Although Bevan co-wrote the play, his involvement with filming was minimal, and he admits that he didn't much care for the film when he first saw it. Erdman played compound chief Hoffy, and Stratton played Sefton's gofer and the film's narrator, Cookie. They share their recollections, but it's clearly an effort, and there are long pauses, especially in the latter half of the film. Many of the actors' stories are repeated in the "From Reality to Screen" featurette, but Bevan adds several intriguing anecdotes from his own time as a POW.

Stalag 17: From Reality to Screen (480i; 1.33:1; 22:01): This mini-documentary on the making of Stalag 17 has to rely largely on secondary sources, because most of the participants were no longer alive when it was made in 2006. Erdman, Stratton and Bevan are interviewed, but the other interviewees are all scholars and fans. They include writer/director Nicholas Meyer, Rob Thomas (Holden's biographer) and Ed Sikov (Wilder's biographer).

The Real Heroes of Stalag XVII B (480i; 1.33:1; 24:49): Bevan and other real-world POWs relate their experiences. They are joined by several military experts, including USMC Capt. Dale Dye, now an actor and military advisor to the movies.

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