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Big Red One [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741814
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Big Red One

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Woodward on 28 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is very true, in the way that great art can be true. It is not, admittedly, GREAT film making, yet it does, especially given the period within which it was made, tell many truths about both warfare and the Second World War in particular. We have been spoilt since the late eighties by a stream of realistic war films, which should nevertheless not prevent us from enjoying The Big Red One. With what now seem like school play production values when compared to such as Full Metal Jacket, incedentally filmed at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, and the Isle of Dogs - before development, realistic it is not, yet it is one of the most truthful depictions of warfare yet made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film follows a G.I squad's journey during World War II they are led by
'World War 1 veteran a Sergeant (Lee Marvin)
The story starts with the 'First Squad' serving in the 'North Africa' Campaign,
after an encounter with 'Rommel's' force the squads numbers are seriously
reduced, the Sergeant is injured and captured.....however when liberated
he re-joins his squad as they prepare to join the 'Sicily' invasion in 1943.
Privates 'Zab'(Robert Carradine) 'Griff'' (Mark Hamill) 'Vinci' (Bobby Di Cicco)
and 'Johnson' (Kelly Ward)
Their next mission takes them to the beaches of 'Normandy' - 'Omaha' as part
of the D-Day assault (1944) History of course tells us of the heavy losses the
allies took securing that beach.
After the squads progressed into 'Belgium' encountering fire-fights along the
way, still the squads war isn't over, they advance deeper Into German occupied
territory finally coming across a 'Nazi' Death-Camp.
The film is filmed as a biographical journey........The story a fictional World War II
drama written and directed by 'Samuel Fuller' - though fictional it does manage to
portray the harsh images and realities war brings.
This release (Blu-ray) has both the 1980 reconstructed version and the original 1967
Theatrical release on-board.
The reconstructed version lasting 162 minutes has been put together as it is believed
'Simon Fuller' would have wished it to be seen.
The Theatrical version 113 minutes is how cinema audiences would have seen it when
released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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There is a clear air of no bull throughout the picture, and while this may cover similar themes to Saving Private Ryan and the Band of Brothers mini-series, The Big Red One feels much more honest and true to the spirit of soldier life. The random nature of some of the occurrences and the fact that Fuller actually fought in North Africa and Normandy, and helped liberate the Falkenau concentration camp, lends such a power to his vision that it surpasses anything those other films could hope to obtain. It is this personal narrative, the act of finally telling his own story that makes this such a memorable film. Where the other films are glossy and overly sentimental at times, The Big Red One is frank, gritty and raw. I've never seen another war film like this one, and I probably never will. The Big Red One: The Reconstruction may not be exactly the film Sam Fuller wanted us to see, but it's a far sight better than what was released to cinemas in 1980. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andylarner on 21 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this film is brilliantly written and directed and is without doubt a real classic war movie it is one of the finest thought provoking war movies of all time and explores the camaraderie of the fighting man following the 1st infantry division in Africa, sicily , Italy and finally into Nazi Germany and touching on the personal feelings of soldiers encountering the aftermath of the holocaust first hand Marvin and Hamill are brilliant in their roles if you like war movies this is a must
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Format: DVD
Though there are other war films that I think are greater (particular favorites include Das Boot, The Thin Red LIne, and Paths of Glory), this nearly-three-hour movie is right up there among the top ten or twenty. It's a brutally honest look at the lives of four grunts and their sergeant, as they fight their way across North Africa, Sicily, and northern Europe--gritty, brutal, powerful, and honest. Sam Fuller lived it and knew how to show it. The four young actors--including Mark Hamill, in the midst of his Star Wars heyday--are very good. But gnarly, gaunt, sinwey Lee Marvin is magnificent, towering, unforgettable. His last great starring role, and perhaps his best. He was truly a unique movie star and actor; we have no one like him today. The only caveat I have about this film is about its visual quality. It's diffuse, grainy, lacking in detail. This film is important enough that I hope a better digital transfer can be made some day. The current blu ray, to go by some other comments here, apparently doesn't fix this problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Fairbairn on 28 May 2006
Format: DVD
great film ,all the way from north africa to the horror of the camps.very believable and the actors are true to the war (i was there ) bit weak at the end ,however very enjoyable .
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