Blu-Ray: The Sand Pebbles & The Longest Day in June

**20th Century Fox** has announced a June 3rd release date for two Blu-Ray titles: The Sand Pebbles (1966) and The Longest Day - 2 Discs (1962). Each will retail for $39.98, but are available at for only $30.99.

The Sand Pebbles tells many stories. It's the story of China, a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of it's people - and of the Americans who are caught in its blood awakening. It's the story of Frenchy (Richard Attenborough), a crewman on the U.S.S. San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. It's the story of Shirley (Candice Bergen), a teacher and her first unforgettable taste of love. It's the story of Captain Collins (Richard Crenna), ready to defy anyone for his country's defense. Most of all, it's the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a sailor who has given up trying to make peace with anything - including himself. McQueen gives what is probably the best performance of his career. It's not surprising that he, Mako and the movie were up for Oscars. Portraying a character with conflicting loyalties to friend and flag, McQueen expertly conveys the confusion that leads into his final line: "What the hell happened?" It's to his credit that we already know.

  • Commentary by: Robert Wise, Candice Bergen, Mako and Richard Crenna
  • Isolated Score Track with Commentary by Music Producer Nick Redman, Film Music Historian Jon Burnlingame and Screenwriter & Film Historian Lem Dobbs
  • Trivia Track
  • 13 Deleted "Road Show" Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Featurettes:
    • The Making of Sand Pebbles
    • Steve McQueen Remembered
    • Bob Wise in Command
    • China 1926
    • A Ship Called San Pablo (Narrated by Richard Attenborough)
    • The Secret of the San Pablo (Narrated by Richard Crenna)
  • Radio Documentaries (Narrated by Richard Attenborough):
    • Changsha Bund and The Streets of Taipei
    • A Ship Called San Pablo

This special collector's commemorative edition has been issued in honor of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of France, which marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen.

The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour recreation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes, and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two 1962 Oscars (Special Effects and Cinematography), The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.


Disc 1:
  • Historical Commentary
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Patton Trailer & Tora! Tora! Tora! Trailer
Disc 2:
  • A Day To Remember
  • Longest Day: A Salute to Courage
  • Backstory - The Longest Day
  • D-Day Revisted
  • Richard Zannuck on The Longest Day
  • Still Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Patton Trailer & Tora! Tora! Tora! Trailer

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