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The War Collection [DVD]

Gregory Peck , Hugh Marlowe , Henry King , John Moore    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger
  • Directors: Henry King, John Moore, Edward Zwick, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mark Robson
  • Producers: Darryl Zanuck, John Davis, Joseph M. Singer, David T. Friendly, John Schofield
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 1367 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RB5C6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set containing ten popular war movies. In 'Twelve O'Clock High' (1949), Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Gregory Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect. 'Behind Enemy Lines' (2001) is a Hollywood war drama inspired by the story of Scott O'Grady, the US fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 and managed to find his way back to base without being captured. After photographing some Bosnian Serb troops hidden in a forest, Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) and his co-pilot Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) are shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. Stackhouse breaks his leg in the crash, and Burnett goes off to get help, but the Serbs soon locate Stackhouse and execute him. Burnett now finds himself alone in hostile country and sets out on the long and dangerous journey back to safety. Meanwhile, his commanding officer (Gene Hackman), against all army and NATO rules, sets out on a mission to locate and rescue Burnett. In 'Courage Under Fire' (1996), Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling (Denzel Washington), suffering from guilt after destroying one of his own tanks in a 'friendly fire' incident during the Gulf War, is assigned to investigate the death of Captain Karen Walden (Meg Ryan). Walden died in action, but accounts of her actions vary and so Serling has to discover the truth before she can be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour. At the same time he has to come to terms with his own traumatic experiences in the Gulf. 'Enemy At The Gates' (2001) is set in Stalingrad in 1942. Political Officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes) sees young army recruit Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) in action and realises that he is just what the Russian people need to inspire them in their fight against the German army. Zaitsev is a natural with a rifle, and Danilov arranges for him to be transferred to a sniper unit, where his actions will be publicised, thus making him into a national hero. But Zaitsev soon begins to feel he cannot live up to Danilov's expectations, and to make matters worse, he and Danilov both fall for the same girl (Rachel Weisz). Meanwhile, the Germans find out about Zaitsev and bring in their own top sniper, Konig (Ed Harris), to engage the young Russian in a deadly battle of wits. In 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965), when US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is shot down and placed in a German POW camp, he is more concerned with his own survival than escape. The top-ranking officer in the camp, he is initially reviled by his fellow British and American prisoners, who nickname him 'Von Ryan'. However, Ryan eventually comes to lead them in a daring escape attempt, taking over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and the escapees face many hazards as they commandeer a train to make their way across Italy, closely followed by the Nazis. In 'The Longest Day' (1962), an all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. In 'The Thin Red Line' (1964), during World War Two, new recruit Private Doll (Keir Dullea) finds himself stationed in Guadalcanal under the leadership of a hardened sergeant (Jack Warden). As he does battle with the Japanese forces, Doll finds himself in continual conflict with his no-nonsense superior, and the ensuing struggle for supremacy places the mission in jeopardy. The first adaptation of James Jones' novel, followed by Terrence Malick's Oscar nominated version in 1998. 'Tigerland' (2000) is set in Louisiana in 1971. When new recruit Jim Paxton (Matthew Davis) arrives at Fort Polk for basic training he soon makes friends with the rebellious Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell), a soldier who is doing everything he can to get himself thrown out of the army. Bozz has plans to escape to Mexico, but Paxton refuses to go with him, arguing that if he doesn't go to Vietnam, then somebody else will have to go in his place. However, when Bozz makes an enemy of his vengeful and sadistic fellow recruit Wilson (Shea Whigham), the need to get out of the army becomes even more pressing. In 'Patton' (1970), the life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in a screen biography which focuses on Patton's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward - Patton was highly successful in his campaigns over North Africa, Sicily and parts of Europe. Scott won an Oscar for his performance but didn't accept it, and the film won a further six Academy Awards. Finally, 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' (1970) is a film covering Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of both the Japanese and the Americans, it draws upon the talents of four different directors - including Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasuki - and at a cost of 25 million dollars, was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Set 23 Oct 2013
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This is a good set to add to my collection. It is well presented and I would recommend it without reservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic collection - well worth the spend 1 Aug 2013
By poet
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Enemy at the gates, if my favourite film in this epic collection, closely followed by Thin Red Line. A must buy
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection! 23 Oct 2010
By BobM
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8 brilliant films. I already had Platoon, but having a second copy is no trouble given the other 7 titles. At just over £2 each, you can't do better. Watched Rescue Dawn and Behind Enemy Lines so far, both great stories and well directed. Looking forward to the next session!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Choices 26 April 2011
By James
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Platoon - This is filled with plenty of action and terrific performances and certainly shows the horrors of war.
The Thin Red Line - A long film with an All-Star cast which can drag on a bit but has its moments and is overall a good war film.
Behind Enemy Lines - A good film with fairly good performances from Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman.
Courage Under Fire - Probably the weak link in this collection but is alrite overall.
Rescue Dawn - A great film with has an excellent performance from Christian Bale. It will leave you breathless.
Enemy At The Gates - One of the best films in this collection. This is amazing and hugely enjoyable.
Tigerland - This is a fun film with brilliant acting especially from Colin Farrell. This shows what some people will do to help others and avoid going to war.
Windtalkers - A very good film which has plenty of action to keep you interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure 5 Feb 2014
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This is a good collection without doubt but I wonder if the selection couldn't have been a bit better. One or two are a bit boring to say the least.
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