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Wheels of Terror (The Misfit Brigade) (Region 2) (Import)

Bruce Davison , Oliver Reed , Gordon Hessler    DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Davison, Oliver Reed, David Carradine, David Patrick Kelly, Jay O. Sanders
  • Directors: Gordon Hessler
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y56CUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Based on the book by Sven Hassel, about the 27th Panzer Division. Set in 1943, about a group of German soldiers fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having read the books many years ago, I was surprised that there was a film. The film was made in 1987, with the DVD release being 2002. Of course, showing much of Wheel of Terror's graphic descriptions of the insanity of war would make an unsellable film, but the screenplay treads a fine line between realism and storyline, action and comedy, irony and humour. Indeed the opening scene is superb in its twist.

Decent performance from the principals, including, a surprisingly good David Carradine playing the German officer in charge - the other actors clearly relish the chance to play these larger than life characters.

In the same category as Kelly's Heroes, though made with much less money is my guess. One fun challenge is to work out how many real tanks there are in the film.

Worth a view: hard to find.

Should have made a series - it is refreshing to see a war film made from a non-allied view (no USA or Britain) for a change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
We all loved the Sven Hassel books in my school days. His wartime exploits were gloriously gory, profane and with an infectious disrespect for authority. Wheels of Terror is, I believe, surprisingly the only film adaptation of his work. Like the hugely enjoyable Cross of Iron this film is one of the few to depict WW2 from the German point of view.

Our anti-heroes are a misfit gang in a penal tank regiment, including a simple-minded muscle-head, who loves blowing things up, a muslim (presumably an outcast from the Islamic SS Handschar), a youngster, a clown and, of course an actor playing Sven himself. Promised a transfer away from the Eastern Front if they undertake a virtual suicide mission, they naturally volunteer. What follows is some decent enough wartime action (including a surprising amount with tanks), a few crude laughs and plenty of enjoyable camaraderie.

All in all, this film's irreverent atmosphere captures the look and feel of the Hassel book pretty well, but with the gore, language and brutality toned down slightly to gain its 15 rating. Other criticisms? Well, as a kid, I built plenty of those Airfix tank kits and even played WW2 wargaming and I can recognize Russian tanks when I see them. T34s are used for the Russians, but the German tank destroyers (presumably meant to be Stug IIIs or Jagdpanzers) are also Russian SU-100s. There is also what looks suspiciously like a post-WW2 Soviet tank at the beginning. Finally, if you'll excuse this geeky aside, the Russian heavy tank Klimenti Vorisholov II or KV2 is referred to as a KW2. Unforgivable! Someone has already questioned the Germans' illogical tactics in the big tank battle, and that was fair comment too.

But did I let these quibbles ruin the film for me? Nah, not a bit of it! Get some beers in and Wheels of Terror is an absolute blast and took me back to surreptitiously reading a Sven Hassel book in class when I should have been doing something much more boring instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Islamic Nazi! 6 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
wheels of terror is a great film.

The characters and actors are all solid. the story is straightforward and very good.

This is a story about a group of misfits sent to do an assignment for the fatherland

A great film. slightly expensive. I paid 12

This is the German version with original English sound.

It has English subtitles but for some reason the English text does not show or come on.

worth buying.
Best wishes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy straight-to-video stuff 17 Nov 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Directed by Gordon Hessler with a laziness that even Michael Winner might think shoddy, Wheels of Terror aka The Misfit Brigade seems all too obviously made for video in those halcyon gold rush days of the 80s when anything with some action in it that was more or less in focus would clean up. Based on a presumably much better Sven Hassel novel and following the exploits of a cynical tank crew made up of convicts and political undesirables (Bruce Davison, Keith Szarabajka, David Patrick Kelly and Jay O. Sanders among others who make no attempt to behave as anything other than 80s Americans), it's basic stuff cheaply shot in Yugoslavia with badly disguised modern tanks in battles that aren't so much edited as thrown together depending on what footage hit the floor first after they tossed it all in the air. Even the opening caption gets read out just in case the audience proves unable to read it for themselves.

It has a few fleeting moments that stand out from the general mediocrity - Russians showing propaganda films from the trenches offering four star hotel prison accommodation plus prostitutes to encourage the Germans to surrender, a group of heroes whose exploits are regular features on Nazi radio broadcasts turning out to have settled on a more than amicable truce with their enemies and an encounter with Russian troops who mistake them for fellow Russians - but overall it's hard to tell whether the film actually improves as it goes along or if it's just that our expectations have got that much lower by then. Along the way David Carradine smirks his way through his cameo as their commanding officer while Oliver Reed turns up briefly at the end to add a bit of star power, but it's all too easy to see why none of Hassel's other novels have made it to the screen since. It's not unwatchable but it barely repays the effort.

Most releases of this title are awful transfers of old video copies, though the deleted Finnish DVD has a decent widescreen transfer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Non-removable sub-titles 29 Jan 2010
By PaulB
Format:DVD
Although the film soundtrack is in English, when you first put in the dvd it gives you a choice of which of four scandinavian languages you want the sub-titles to be in. At no point then or later is there an option for having no sub-titles. Also they are in thick white letters, and are very obtrusive.
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