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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
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good film except for the cuts.
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...
Published on 27 Oct 2006 by Richard


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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
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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
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John Wilfers (Dublin, Ireland.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Battle Of The Bulge [DVD] [1965] (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
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Richard (Axminster, Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battle Of The Bulge [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
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.

Unlike the previous video and laser disc releases, this DVD is fully restored to its original roadshow length, and also features the original trailer, featurette and 1965 interviews with Robert Shaw and Milton Sperling. The all-region BluRay release also includes an audio commentary from director Ken Annakin and co-star James MacArthur.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tanks but no tanks., 11 Mar 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battle Of The Bulge [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Battle Of The Bulge is a fictionalised account of the battle of the Ardennes in December 1944. Directed by Ken Annakin, it's an ensemble piece that stars notably Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Robert Shaw, Charles Bronson, George Montgomery, Telly Savalas and Dana Andrews.

Rightly criticised for its approach to the actual event, one could forgive this failing if the film wasn't so immeasurably dull. I came across a quote for the film that said it was 101 war film making for children. Never has a used quote been so apt as that one for a war film. The actors either look bored or turn in wooden performances, the latter probably prompted by the insipid script from Philip Yordan & Milton Sperling. While the action scenes are constructed like some cardboard cut-out game taking place on the dining room table. It also unsuccessfully tries to blend humour with its serious intents, a blend that just comes off as confusion. There's some worth in this being a film about tank battle {a mighty piece of weaponry indeed}, but no this really is a poor genre offering that can't even be saved by the star wattage meant to propel it forward. 3/10
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and contrived - but still a little fun to be had, 4 Nov 2007
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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Infamous as the war movie denounced by Eisenhower for its woeful inaccuracies, anyone approaching this movie should be well aware of its pitfalls. However, if you can overlook them or at least partake with a generous pinch of salt, there are still some treats to appreciate.
The battle of the bulge was set in one of the bitterest winters on record in 1944, when the Germans used the bad weather to confound the Allies air superiority to launch a massive all out attack designed to splinter the Allies and change the course of the war. As the disclaimer at the end of the movie says, this film is a highly compressed, fictionalised version of that, with all the characters merged and renamed.. in other words, it is a fictional version of what happened - and it shows.
The bitterest Winter is hinted at in a few moments of the movie as during the initial battles we see some pockets of snow and men stamping their feet to keep warm - however, as the movie progresses, the films actual shooting location in Spain becomes more apparent as we see dusty desert and sweaty men. Worse, the two environments are poorly spliced together leading to woeful continuity, and almost the entire movie is plagued by incongruously sunny weather. The tanks bear no resemblance to those used, and the grimness of war is covered over, with death conveyed in the old fashioned `throw-up-your-hands-in-the-air-and-fall-down-dead' approach to moviemaking. Now that the movie is over, I am hard pressed to remember a single moment that actually showed blood. One would think that having directed on `The Longest Day' (a far superior film) Ken Annakin would have learned some lessons in the importance of historical accuracy, and how it can bring an audience in. Here, the contrivances which have Henry Fonda almost single handedly figure out the whole sequence of events and be in all of the major battle scenes, serve to disengage the viewer.
So that's the bad out the way - but in fact, from a one star movie, a sort of watchable movie is rescued thanks to two things - Firstly, the cinematography - shot in Ultra-Panavision, a process designed to give an epic widescreen image, enough to project onto Cinerama (a process which used 3 curved screens, and in its true form, 3 synchronised projectors, to create an all encompassing experience). This movie has clearly been made with this process in mind, as scenes of trains hurtling along tracks and cars weaving down slippery roads are shown at some length from point-of-view angles... the end result is rather like watching a movie shot in 3D in its 2D form - the action seems contrived. However, the aerial, crane and dolly shots in this magnificently restored version use the widescreen to dramatic and exciting effect, and should only be watched in widescreen...the reputation of this movie has suffered greatly from too many years in pan-and-scan format designed for the TV screen.
And secondly, the magnificent performance of Robert Shaw as the fictionalised panzer commander, based on Colonel Peiper - the youngest man to reach full Colonel in the German army. His is a complex character, showing humanity to his aide, and passion for the process of war - and yet disdain for the hierarchy that sends him to battle.
Apart from Shaw, there are a few other moments which attempt to add some humanity to the proceedings, with heroism being forged from tragedy, such as the young lieutenant who survives the infamous (and historically accurate) massacre of prisoners at Malmedy, and becomes galvanised to lead the fight as a result. However, the pluses are outweighed by the clumsy script, inaccuracy and dusty desert filling in for frozen Belgium. The unlikely ending at the fuel dump serves as the nail in the coffin.
Has a certain boys-own appeal perhaps, or to watch to enjoy the incredible amount of Franco's hardware on display...but in this day of Saving Private Ryan and other of its ilk, an audience have come to expect much more. Worth a rent perhaps, but not one to watch twice.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good but has been edited, 5 April 2003
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This is an excellent movie that I ordered to replace an older copy that I had made from a TV movie. Unfortunately some of the scenes have been edited out, a fact NOT mentioned when the movie was ordered. Strangely enough the edited scenes all relate to more extreme Nazi brutality towards civilians and other German military behaviour.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 'Boys Own' Romp, 15 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Battle Of The Bulge [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Version reviewed:2006 restored. Uncut 165mins.

There has been a lot of over serious reviewing of this film over the years, and a number of important points overlooked. The first thing is that producers of films like this seek to entertain and make money;if you want 100% accuracy, watch a documentary. The second thing is that this was made at the height of the WW2 film craze, when young lads played with plastic toy soldiers, the well off ones having GI Joe(UK Action Man)action dolls too, and modelling military vehicle plastic kits was fast catching on. The target audience was ready made.
The plotting is cliched, the dialogue aften banal, but who cared when (then)top rank action stars like Fonda,Ryan,Savalas,Bronson and Robert Shaw were on screen along with dozens of tanks.
Within those constraints, performances are uniformly reliable, except a fast ageing Dana Andrews looking ill at ease, seeming to slur some of his dialogue(posssibly a sad on-screen result of the alcoholism he suffered from). Top performance for me comes from German Hans Christian Blech, whose presence graced three 1960s WW2 films including this one, in which he represents the classic 'poor bloody infantry' who simply want the war to end and go home. His dialogue with Shaw's ramrod military man provides the best in the film and its moral kernel. That he should get his wish,carrying the rear of a retreating column of soldiers at the film's end is entirely fitting.
The hysterical tank versus tank jousting, particularly in the finale, as if Alexander Nevsky meets Henry V on wheels, the likelihood of two(yes two)155mm guns being adequate reinforcement to the Americans are just two absurd scenarios, but the whole thing is one great action romp. We are brought briefly down to earth with the depiction of historical atrocities, the infamous Malmedy massacre and a nod to the murder of Belgian civilians,which is the catalyst for Blech's(as Conrad) anti-war outburst to his commander.
The restored print is superb, sharp as a needle, and with matte edges removed or reduced to insignificance. Sound quality is fine, with Bejamin Frankel's terrific score sounding better than ever.
A couple of poor quality featurettes are included, one of which tells us how initial publicity can set rumours going for years. In one, producer Milton Sperling tells us with a straight face that they scoured Europe for genuine German tanks as 'many were lying around'. The only lying was from Sperling, for it was Spanish army American M47s and M24s masquerading as Tigers and Shermans.
There is also an interview with a very smarmy sounding Robert Shaw, and with a rather obsequious interviewer, it is an embarrassment.
However, it's the film you buy the DVD for, and bearing in mind its vintage and purpose,it is a terrific piece of entertainment.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats..., 21 Jun 2006
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I'll start by saying that this film was made decades before I was born but that I first saw it as a kid and was amazed by the battle scenes, especially the sheer expanse and number of tanks involved on screen at any one time.

The actors are top notch old greats, the only names missing are Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, apart from those three, all the great actors of the period feature in the film, from Bronson to Ryan.

There are glaring inadequacies in the film, such as the fact that some of the 'driving' scenes are quite clearly shot in a studio and look cheap and silly in the modern world. The other big mistake is the fact that all the German tanks are American M26 Pershing Heavy Tanks and the American tanks are all M24 Chaffee Light Tanks, when they should have been mostly M4 Shermans. However, surprisingly this does not take away from the plot or the film as a whole. The tank battles are immense and huge and there is some great scenes in it, especially the one with Robert Shaw and Hans Christian Bleck where Bleck (Corporal Conrad) shouts at Shaw (Colonel Hessler) over his love of the war. The scene with Bronson and Shaw is also memorable.

All in all its a great film and I would recommend it to anyone, even if you don't have a clue who any of the actors are. Do not simply be put off by the films age, it is one of the best war films of all time. An absolute classic!
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