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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE GAMES ARE OVER' - 'NOW IT BEGINS'
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars not watch it yet but had notice that there was ...
not watch it yet but had notice that there was 2 scratches on it 1 deeper than the other but will add more later when i have watch it
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE GAMES ARE OVER' - 'NOW IT BEGINS', 16 July 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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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.
Good Picture and Sound Quality......This U.S Import is 'Multi-Region'
Special Features -
* Bonus-Movie--'The Dirty Dozen the Next Mission ( The review for which i'll add when watched)
* Commentary by cast members -'Jim Brown; - 'Trini Lo'pez' - Stuart Cooper' and 'Colin Martland'
Producer 'Kenneth Hyman' Original Novelist - 'L.M Narhausen' Film Historian' - 'David J Schow'
and Veteran Military Advisor to Movies - 'Capt. Dale Dye'
* Introduction by 'Ernest Borgnine' .....Exciting Documentaries - 'Armed and Deadly' -The Making
of 'THE DIRTY DOZEN' ......The Filthy Thirteen - real stories from behind the lines.
* Marine Corps -Combat Leadership Skills.......Vintage recruitment documentary featuring 'Lee Marvin'
* Vintage Featurette - Operation Dirty Dozen.
* Soundtrack re-mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.
* Theatrical Trailers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dozens of reasons to watch this film, 1 Dec. 2014
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Albatross "Never argue with idiots" (Suburbia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dirty Dozen (DVD)
Well, maybe not ‘dozens,’ but here’s a few at least...

1. It’s a war movie which doesn’t really contain an awful lot of ‘war’ stuff, meaning that fans of the genre will appreciate it as much as those who aren’t into the Second World War
2. The stellar cast. Okay, so some of the twelve prisoners conscripted into Lee Marvin’s secret task force aren’t that memorable, but there are plenty who are... Charles Bronson and Telly Savalis to name but two.
3. Naturally, a great cast produces great performances. There’s no room for a ‘weakest link’ here.
4. Everyone roots for the ‘antihero.’ And here we not only have twelve convicted felons to cheer on, but also their leader – the allegedly pure Lee Marvin – is also as prone to ‘rule-breaking’ as his new charges
5. Black humour. Yes, there may be a war on, but there are a handful of light-hearted moments dotted about here and there that to lighten the tone enough.
6. It’s epic. The two hours it runs for don’t feel like it.
7. It doesn’t pull any punches. As I said... there is a war on and you may find yourself grinning one minute before being completely horrified by the level of brutality that transpired during the historical period.
8. One hell of a tense finale – when the mission comes, it’s worth the wait. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you cheer all your newfound antiheros on.

Basically, ‘The Dirty Dozen’ is a war film that’s more akin to simply being put in the ‘action’ bracket, rather than classed as a straight ‘war film.’ The mission never actually happened. This film is total fiction. But there’s always that feeling at the back of your mind regarding how, although it never transpired, it probably very well nearly did.

You don’t have to be a war film fan to enjoy this, just enjoy a mismatched bunch of rag-tag antiheros, working together (and sometimes against each other!) on a mission to kill Nazis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining., 30 Nov. 2014
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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.

Had it been, rather than one of the best Saturday afternoon military video fantasies ever, it could have had the potential to rank up there near Bridge on The River Kwai or Lawrence of Arabia as a true artistic achievement. Instead the whole thing comes off as something of a two-hour-long gag, one long, running smirk at authority more in the manner of a light parody rather than the depiction of reality, even with questioning of authority, that it could have been. In this sense I do not think it is fair at all to compare it to the much more reality-anchored Great Escape, for example.

All that said, this movie is at least one of the best rainy Saturday afternoon military video fantasies ever, and is still in the top 10% in that genre to this day, more than 40 years after it was made.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Aldrich's finest, but still surprisingly good, 1 Oct. 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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. The premise is good - they're sent to assassinate a German general planning to kill Hitler because the Allies are terrified of the Nazis replacing Der Fuhrer with a competent leader - but this dozen are a bland bunch, although things pick up slightly in the last half hour. Amazingly there were briefly plans to release this as a feature film outside the US, but even as an extra feature on the original film's DVD it feels like padding.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dirty Dozen, 15 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
I don't know where to start praising what has to be the most exciting action adventure based on WWII. The story of 12 convicts chosen for what is best describes as a suicide mission is played out by one of the strongest cast every to be united on one film. The names Marvin, Bronson and Sutherland to name but three shows instant quality. To show this film doesn't age i am only in my early twenties so this shows quality isnt controlled by the special effects but by storyline and sheer excitement something sadly lacking in most modern films. I have been waiting patiently for this DVD release as in my opinion it is one of the most own titles for any self respecting action fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dirty Dozen (DVD), 22 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Lee Marvin is in the very best of company here & where this film went, so many followed, presented in widescreen & a very good quality transfer. A true classic in so many ways, the so called 'top brass' have never been so convincingly played. Ernest Borgnine is exceptional & Robert Ryan is wonderfully straight laced, a terrific foil for Lee Marvin's character.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 60s classic; one of ALDRICH's finest + a great cast, 29 Mar. 2005
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Jeff Markham (Walton-on-Thames, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Top Director Robert Aldrich's most commercially successful movie. Wartime action heroics from a motley bunch of hardcore death row convicts, led by a brilliantly cynical LEE MARVIN, a reluctant commanding officer for the gang. They're given a suicidal mission to destroy a key German command post in return for a chance of freedom after the war if they succeed. No brainer film fans!??
In a generally excellent ensemble cast of seasoned character actors (ERNEST BORGNINE, TELLY SAVALAS (KOJAK!!), JOHN CASSAVETES, CHARLES BRONSON et al), DONALD SUTHERLAND is a standout, quite superb in a smaller but crucial role.
Great action set-pieces and inspired, brutally appropriate direction from ALDRICH at his very best make this movie a fondly remembered 60s classic. Unmissable and unbeatable entertainment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson,, Clint Walker, Donald Sutherland, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes,Telly Savalas.-WOW-WHAT A DIRTY DOZEN!, 30 April 2012
This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
(THE FILM)They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers - and champs at the box office and in movie lore. Decades after it burst onto the scene, The Dirty Dozen remains a milestone among ensemble action flicks. Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered, in the Army way, to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass. Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti-authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards®, The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.
WHAT CAN I SAY ?
WHAT A FILM WOW WOW WOW
Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis! Robert Aldrich's direction is probably his masterpiece; the acting is far above average, especially Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Robert Webber,Telly Savalas and energetic John Cassevetes and Al Mancini; the inspired casting of powerful top-sergeant-level Ernest Borgnine as an obviously far-beyond-his element general works brilliantly.
With a top script filled with memorable terse dialogue.
Entire sequences such as the selection interviews for the mission team,
the building of the camp,
a visit to Breed's hq,
Breed's invasion of the camp,
the training regimen, the "graduation party",
Reisman's verbal defense of his men,
the war games' challenge,
preparing for the mission,
And the final mission
War is a really a dirty business - this isn't a movie about men playing by the rules. It's about breaking every rule in the book to get a job done,
and if a few innocent bystanders get in the way,
they're simply collateral damage. On a higher level,
This is a great adventure, of enduring artistry, occasional brutality and intelligently-developed dialogue. It has logical actions, and spectacular physical performances"Often imitated, never bettered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic among war pictures, 25 April 2015
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
An opportunity arises to make a big difference in the war with just one operation. However it is determined a possibility that no one will survive. So who better to choose than soldiers that are already condemned to die?

The formula is standard where all the 12 individual personalities are introduced. Throughout the film they display their individual strengths and weaknesses as they become a team.

As with many big-budget movies the 12 actors used to portray the 12 soldiers are well known at the time of the production. Of course we will all have our favorites; and with 12 personalities to choose from not all 12 actors will have the same strength of character. However they are all needed to balance the story.

It is not the story behind the film that gives it its strength. A few faux pas's are overlooked. As you will soon feel that you are part of this expedition.

I find myself periodically rewatching this movie and each time still pick up or really remember nuances that were overlooked. So if you have an opportunity you will want to rewatch this movie.

The Devil's Brigade
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dirty Dozen (BluRay) PAL, 31 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Dirty Dozen [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
I was able to find this on BluRay in PAL. This is one of the best War based films made.
With actors that specialise in these type of movies such as Marvin and my favourite Charles Bronson you can't go wrong.
The story is the strongest point here with some very funny scenes and some gripping stuff where things get out of hand.
The sound is surprisingly brilliant with what seems to be a quadraphonic type sound mix that is very clear and well balanced.
The picture quality is also magnificent, however at times there seems to be a few edits where the footage must have been damaged and some alternative print may have had to be used to fill in the damaged scenes. But overall it is not very noticeable unless you own a HD 2 metre TV such as I.
There are lots of extras here including a whole movie of the sequal!
Great action film that is worth every cent.
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