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The Dirty Dozen [Blu-ray] [1967] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: E.M. Nathanson, Lukas Heller, Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: Kenneth Hyman, Raymond Anzarut
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O176IO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A model for dozens of action films to follow, this box-office hit from 1967 refined a die-hard formula that has become overly familiar, but it's rarely been handled better than it was in this action-packed World War II thriller. Lee Marvin is perfectly cast as a down-but-not-out army major who is offered a shot at personal and professional redemption. If he can successfully train and discipline a squad of army rejects, misfits, killers, prisoners, and psychopaths into a first-rate unit of specialised soldiers, they'll earn a second chance to make up for their woeful misdeeds. Of course, there's a catch: to obtain their pardons, Marvin's band of badmen must agree to a suicide mission that will parachute them into the danger zone of Nazi-occupied France. It's a hazardous path to glory, but the men have no other choice than to accept and regain their lost honor. What makes The Dirty Dozen special is its phenomenal cast including Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, Trini Lopez, Robert Ryan, and others. Cassavetes is the Oscar-nominated standout as one of Marvin's most rebellious yet heroic men, but it's the whole ensemble--combined with the hard-as-nails direction of Robert Aldrich--that makes this such a high-velocity crowd pleaser. The script by Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller (from the novel by E.M. Nathanson) is strong enough to support the all-star lineup with ample humour and military grit, so if you're in need of a mainline jolt of testosterone, The Dirty Dozen is the movie for you. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

Twelve jailbirds will earn their freedom...if they survive a suicide mission against the Nazi brass. Tough-as-nails Lee Marvin leads a nothing-to-lose convict squad of Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker and more in the all-time action trendsetter.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A Collection of 'Hollywood's' Stars drawn together to make one of the most colourful and
entertaining World War 2 movies of yesteryear.(1967)
Twelve no-hopers, psycho's and killers each condemned to either 'Hang' or serve numerous
years behind bars are offered a slim chance of redemption.
'Major Reisman' (Lee Marvin) has been given what amounts to a suicide mission and has
been given the twelve prisoners to prepare for the task, if the mission succeeds and they
survive the prisoners will be pardoned.
The Major is assisted by 'Sgt Bowren' (Richard Jaeckal) who will be a part of the mission, they
have to submit the Twelve to a six week intense and rigorous training program behind a
fenced compound.
Among the Twelve - 'Joseph Wladislaw' (Charles Bronson) 'Maggot' (Telly Savalas) 'Robert
Jefferson'(Jim Brown) 'Franco' (John Cassavetes) 'Vernon' (Donald Sutherland) 'Pedro' (Trini Lo'pez)
'Posey' (Clint Walker) '
When the training is completed and a few complications are resolved the 'Dirty Dozen' led by the
Major and Sergeant are to attack a Chateau behind enemy lines, the Chateau is heavily guarded
and used as a pleasure centre for 'German' Top-Brass as restbite from the war.
The mission is to kill as many high-ranking German Officers as they can to disrupt the chain of
command ahead of the D-Day landings.
Among the other well know actors on-board 'Ernest Borgnine' (General Warden) 'Robert Ryan'
(Col.Everett Dasher Breed) and 'George Kennedy' (Maj. Max Arnbruster)
This is a brilliantly entertaining action-movie which harbours many moments of humour along the
way leading up to the explosive Operation itself.
There are many brilliant performances along the way from the star-studded line-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 30 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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This is another one of those excellently-crafted movies you see sometimes which successfully romanticizes something that in reality would have been a very repellent business, and moreover does so in spite of a seriously implausible plot premise. As anybody with any experience with real screw-ups of the the variety featured in this movie knows, the chances of getting consistently constructive work, much less making useful members of team of much of the human material available here, and even under the least stressful of conditions, is right at about zero, and as true war history buffs know, the kinds of real-life efforts that inspired the raid that forms the basis of this offering have been manned and carried out without the need to descend the extreme depicted here.

That said, however, the American imagination, which has proved it can swallow anything from children's dolls possessed by evil spirits to Santa Claus alive and well and living in a Long Island retirement home (and even to any number of overwrought, incompetent buffoons seeking high office), can easily digest this one, and once it does you have a meticulously written narrative with excellent dialog expertly performed by an appealing cast led perfectly by Lee Marvin, who was just perfect in his role. I thought that apart from the plot premise the writing was so superb that it was a shame that the original premise was not altered somewhat to make it as believable as much of the rest of story and dialog are.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Oct 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Dirty Dozen holds up surprisingly well even if it is one of the few war movies where the basic training section is better than the mission itself - but that might have something to do with the fact that Robert Aldrich ensures that it's a pretty dirty and sordid business amid the more expected heroics. It's a strikingly good looking film, well photographed and designed, and while it lacks the go-for-broke cynicism of Aldrich's Too Late the Hero or Attack!, it's still a striking subversive antidote to the traditional Hollywood war movie. The recent 2-disc DVD is a great improvement on the previous release, not least because it's in the right ratio this time (the previous release was cropped to 2.35:1). The group audio commentary is intermittently interesting, but Dale Dye's self-important contributions are less welcome than the cast and crew, as he shows his ignorance of film history of the era while talking up himself at almost every turn: it's a shame the commentary isn't indexed so you can skip him and get back to people with a better idea of what they're talking about. Still, the vintage 60s featurette of the Dozen hanging out in London's 'happening' Kings Road is a hoot, and I never tire of hearing that story about how Trini Lopez found himself written out of the movie...

The first of the TV movie sequels, The Deadly Mission, is also included on the disc, and limp stuff it is too. Looking like it was shot on the cheap entirely around the same railway station in a rainy August, it rehashes huge chunks of dialog from the first film, recited with a notable lack of enthusiasm by a visibly bored Lee Marvin who knows this isn't worth the effort and so rarely makes any.
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