And now the time has come for us to salute a superb 1977 effort, MacArthur. Just out on Blu-ray this week, the film is an action-packed account of one of the most controversial public figures of the century. Gregory Peck delivers a superb performance as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur. The military maverick defies enemies in World War II, Korea, and the White House, as the film follows the outspoken MacArthur in action from the Philippines to Inchon, to the consequential remarks that that led President Truman (Ed Flanders) to force his retirement.
The film was released on June 30, 1977, a time during which the world’s attention was obsessed with that summer’s box office phenomenon — Star Wars. Despite this, it still managed to earn a respectable $16,000,000 in theaters (nearly doubling its budget). Despite some inaccuracies in facts about MacArthur and his experiences, the movie is an intriguing glimpse into the General’s life and is highly recommended for military and history buffs. The new Blu-ray offers visual and audio clarity that allows you to immerse yourself in MacArthur’s story like never before — making it truly five-star entertainment.