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Battle Of The Bulge [DVD] [1965]

Henry Fonda , Robert Shaw , Ken Annakin    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, James MacArthur
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Producers: Milton Sperling, Sidney Harmon, Philip Yordan
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000803PR2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Historical film account (starring Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw), of Germany's last major European offensive of WWII at the Ardennes in Belgium, in December 1944. Germany, under the command of Hessler, plans an attack with the secret panzer division, but they are desperately short of fuel and their immediate objective is to capture a big allied fuel deposit, without the allies knowing.

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Henry Fonda Battle Of The Bulge

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theme song "Panzerlied" lyrics by Kurt Wiele 16 Jun 2008
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
This is supposed to be an epic war movie. And it is. It is a great vehicle for many of the popular actors of the time which includes some immortals. This is not intended to be a documentary. The over all intent of this presentation other than entertainment is to show that war has a lasting effect on those people that live through it.

The story is of course the title "Battle of the Bulge" only instead of concentrating on Bastogne we are treated to the formula which on the U.S. side Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley (Henry Fonda) figures out them sneaky Germans is going to attack through the forest and of course Col. Pritchard (Dana Andrews) wants to have Lt. Col. Kiley committed. On the German side Col. Martin Hessler (Robert Shaw) just wants to have fun playing tank and wants the war to go on for ever; however his sidekick Cpl. Conrad (Hans Christian Blech) has this thing about preserving his offspring from joining the fun of an endless war.

Can Gen. Grey (Robert Ryan) find a mistake the Germans have made and turn this around or will the German juggernaut just keep coming on. No fair looking at this movie from hindsight.

I have watched this movie on and off for several decades and even though the Blu-ray version does not add any new words or scenes to the movie it does add a sort of 3D effect that adds to ones viewing pleasure. As an added bonus Director Ken Annakin and Actor James McArthur (who plays Lt. Weaver in the movie) are still alive and adds a voice over commentary
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Restored Bulge 29 April 2008
Format:DVD
A sequel of sorts to "The Longest Day," (same director, some of the same actors like Fonda playing different characters), this is one of the best restorations of a film I've seen in recent years. The picture and sound have been digitally remastered and 17 minutes of previously-unseen footage has been added (you even get a hilarious 1960s intermission card onscreen halfway through, how's that for restoring everything!). The film looks and sounds brand new again and there are new things to enjoy.

Having said that, the film itself doesn't do justice to the real Battle of the Bulge or Ardennes Offensive as it is also called. The real battle was fought in blizzard conditions, there are scenes in this film that look like summertime with not a flake of snow in sight. The tanks are also not the gigantic German Tiger and King Tiger tanks that were used in reality. Of course, it was hard to find all the real elements when making this movie 21 years later, but I'd love to see a Saving Private Ryan-style remake where they could put realistic-looking Tiger tanks in with CGI.

Robert Shaw gives a strong performance, even if he does look like the stereotypical bleach-blond, blue-eyed Nazi. The Malmedy Massacre is well-handled, which is unusual for a film from 1965. There are also some interesting black-and-white interviews and "Making Of" documentaries from the time included on the DVD.

I don't think the average viewer will worry about the historical inaccuracies too much. They'll just see an entertaining, old-school, all-star Hollywood war epic of the kind they don't make anymore. Recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film except for the cuts. 27 Oct 2006
By Richard
Format:DVD
The film at its original length was terrific, however this dvd has lost at least 20 minutes of footage, spoiling a lot of the build up and anti-war sentiment. A fierce argument over war between Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson has been cut out, as have some of the scenes of brutality by the Germans against civilians in a town. If you have never seen the full length original then you might not notice but a shame all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long forgotten way to make movies 21 Aug 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Everyone knows the story of battle of the bulge. Many purist say this is a very fictional account of the true facts.Just watch the movies for how big starry movies were made. It is great entertainmanet on a large scale. Picture on Blu ray good but not fantastic (Watch Zulu and see what I mean) Once again Amazon has come forward with a great product well priced and delivered ahead of sked.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best WW2 epics, beautifully restored 25 Sep 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Battle of the Bulge is probably the least accurate but most enjoyable of the spot-the-star WW2 roadshow epics. When Samuel Bronston's Spanish production empire crashed, his head of story Philip Yordan teamed up with former combat photographer Milton Sperling and picked up the slack with a slew of Spanish-lensed epics of his own backed with blocked US funds - Custer of the West, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and this lavishly mounted affair that took full advantage of all that WW2 Nazi hardware that found its way into Franco's possession. It's dominated by Robert Shaw's disillusioned but still fanatical eternal warrior with the rest of the characters fairly standard issue, although the individual scenes are far better written than is the norm in the likes of Anzio or Midway. Like the Bronston films, the script is a surprisingly intelligent affair, establishing an interesting set of battle lines, with Germany reduced to rubble, its people vanished and its armies living underground while the over-confident Americans are virtual tourists in liberated territories, more interested in the menu for Christmas dinner than intelligence reports of a possible offensive. Not that it is without problems: the geography, like the `history,' is more than somewhat suspect. Indeed, you can even catch a glimpse of the Forum Romanum set from The Fall of the Roman Empire in the background of the "It can be done!" scene as Shaw inspects the tanks. Add to that the fact that the production was plagued by good weather, so sequences are prone to go from blizzard to parched, and the result should be a mess, but it works well both as widescreen spectacle - especially the incredibly impressive final shot of hundreds of abandoned tanks - and as an archetypal Hollywood war movie. Read more ›
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