Patrick Robert "Pat" Reid, MBE, MC was a British Army Officer and author of two bestselling memoirs of his time as a Nazi Prisoner of War at Colditz Castle in Germany, The Colditz Story and The Latter Days at Colditz. These books became the basis of a film starring Sir John Mills, and a successful television series starring Robert Wagner and David McCallum.
There is a scene early on in "The Colditz Story" where a German Officer reprimands 4 British prisoners for laughing, mocking them over the British sense of humour. That British sense of humour is a big part of the movie because whilst based on true accounts of what went on in Colditz during WWII where the worst offenders were put there is a lot of comedy in the dramatization. It is one of the many reasons why "The Colditz Story" is still one of the great prisoner of war movies, not as epic as some but one which still entertains whilst also getting across aspects of what life as a prisoner of war in Colditz was like.
Studiocanal have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of The Colditz Story on 10 December 2012. In October 70 years ago, Pat Reid, along with four other fellow British Officers, escaped from the notorious German POW camp, Colditz Castle, and made his way to freedom via Switzerland. His subsequent 1952 novel about his time in the camp and his escape became a bestseller and this classic film The Colditz Story (1955) - forever ensuring the castles place in history.
Notes on the restoration for this release from Studiocanal: The Colditz Story restoration was completed at Pinewood Studios in high definition using the best original film materials available. After rigorous assessment, the best material for restoration was the fine-grain inter-positive which we scanned in 2k resolution. We spent over 80 hours digitally cleaning the film frame by frame, removing dirt, scratches, warps (which were found on every cut), tears or replacing torn or missing frames and improving stability issues for the digital restoration, ensuring the general look of the film does not stray too far from the original release.
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