The Eagle Has Landed
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The daring World War II plot that changed the course of history.
The best seller is now a major motion picture.
The original theatrical running time for the film was 135 minutes in Europe, while 12 minutes were cut by the distributors before its US release.
US and UK VHS cassettes had the 123 minute US cut. All DVDs and Blu-rays currently available worldwide now feature the original UK theatrical cut, which in DVD region 2 and 4 countries runs 130 minutes at 25fps (PAL speed). There are two exceptions:
The first US (NTSC) DVD, from Artisan Entertainment, had some missing scenes reinstated for a runtime of 131 minutes. It has been superseded by a Shout! Factory Blu-ray/DVD dual format set, containing the UK theatrical cut and various extras.
In 2004 Carlton Visual Entertainment in the UK released a two-disc Special Edition PAL DVD version which contains various extras and two versions of the film: the UK theatrical version and a newly-restored, extended 145 minute version, equating to 151 minutes at 24fps (film speed). Despite the packaging claiming otherwise, both versions have a 2.0 stereo surround soundtrack.
The extended version contains a number of scenes that were deleted even before the European cinema release:
Alternative opening: originally the film was intended to start with Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence) arriving at Schloss Hohenschwangau for a conference with Hitler, Canaris, Bormann and Goebbels. It precedes the scenes under the opening credits which are a long aerial shot of a staff car leaving the castle in question. The deleted scene explains why Schloss Hohenschwangau appears in the credits but does not appear in the film.
Extended scene when Radl arrives at Abwehr headquarters; he discusses his health with a German Army doctor (played by Ferdy Mayne).
Scene at a Berlin University where Liam Devlin is a lecturer.
Scene in Landsvoort where Steiner and von Neustadt discuss the mission and its merits and consequences.
Devlin's arrival at Studley Constable is now extended where he and Joanna Grey discuss their part in the mission.
Devlin drives his motorbike through the centre of the village and on to the cottage, where he inspects the barn before returning to the village.
Scene where Devlin reads poetry to Molly Prior.
Extended scene in which Molly interrupts Devlin shortly after he receives the army vehicles.
Scene on the boat at the end that shows the fate of von Neustadt. This scene is also visible in the Special Edition DVD stills gallery.