Following the gorgeous Limited Edition Steelbook release earlier in the year, Cross of Iron is rereleased in a standard 4K UHD edition for those who missed out. Sam Peckinpah’s 70s classic is not just one of the celebrated filmmaker’s best, but one of cinema’s finest portrayals of the horrors of war. Described by Orson Welles as one of the greatest anti-war films ever made and boasting an all-star cast fronted by James Coburn, this unflinching drama hits harder than ever on 4K.
Based on the novel by Will Heinrich, Sam Peckinpah’s only war film is an intense and uncompromising affair that brilliantly reflects both the futility of conflict and the director’s fascination with individuals confronted by events beyond their control.
A World War II tale told from the German perspective, Cross Of Iron follows a platoon of German soldiers in Russia when the German Wehrmacht forces had been decimated and the Germans were retreating along the Russian front. Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) is a German corporal and recipient of the Iron Cross who has grown disenchanted with Hitler’s war machine. When Captain Stransky (Maximilian Schell) assumes charge, the pair are thrown into immediate conflict, the autocratic but ultimately cowardly Stransky coveting the loyalty and honour Steiner commands.
Evocatively shot by John Coquillon (Billy the Kid) in sombre tones to emphasise the horrors of combat, the superlative lead performances are matched by David Warner and James Mason as war-weary senior officers. Viewed as one of Peckinpah’s most powerful works, it’s an unflinching vision of the Second World War.
UHD & Blu-Ray Disc 1
- Audio Commentary by filmmaker and film historian Mike Siegel
- NEW Promoting STEINER
- NEW STEINER on the set
- NEW Filming STEINER
- NEW Filming STEINER pt 2
- NEW STEINER in colour
Blu-Ray Disc 2
- On Location: Sam Peckinpah
- On Location: James Coburn
- On Location: Maximillian Schell
- On Location: James Mason
- On Location: David Warner
- Passion and Poetry: Sam Peckinpah’s War
- Kruger Kisses Kern
- Vadim & Sam: Father & Son
- Cutting Room Floor
- Steiner in Japan: Ads filmed in 1977
- Mike’s Home Movies: Steiner & Kiesel Meet Again
- US/UK Trailer
- German Trailer
- US TV Spot