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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hit me with those negative waves!
If you like serious war films, you might not like KELLY'S HEROES. Some people have remarked how the hell can you have a hippy tank commander in World War 2? Well this is a light-hearted war film that isn't so concerned with such anachronistic details.Clint Eastwood is Kelly, who finds out about a stash of gold bars in a bank behind enemy lines and decides to lead some...
Published on 27 July 2010 by B. R. Goodman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed with the Hi Def 'upgrade'
Short & sweet review, absolute classic film, love it. The only thing that lets this Blu-ray down is the picture. Yes it's an improvement over the DVD, but not as much as it should / could have been. Still worth buying, but only in the sale.
Published on 11 Sept. 2011 by Paul Flowers


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hit me with those negative waves!, 27 July 2010
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If you like serious war films, you might not like KELLY'S HEROES. Some people have remarked how the hell can you have a hippy tank commander in World War 2? Well this is a light-hearted war film that isn't so concerned with such anachronistic details.Clint Eastwood is Kelly, who finds out about a stash of gold bars in a bank behind enemy lines and decides to lead some basically misfit soldiers to perform the "perfect crime" and steal it. Telly Savalas is the reluctant bullish sergeant, Don Rickles the moaning "hustler", and Donald Sutherland is the hippy, aptly named "Oddball". He's so cool as he drives his tanks into battle playing loud music, eating cheese, drinking wine and sunbathing while others work, then trying out his dog impersonations. This film is basically a WW2 remake of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, with Clint Eastwood as a reluctant soldier in a war, trying to get to a fortune in gold. Just in case you missed the connection, there's that Sergio Leone moment where Clint, Telly and Donald face off against a German Tiger tank, complete with all the famous angles and a pastiche of Morricone's music.
Transfer on Blu-ray is very good with a shrp bright picture. The film is 40 years old, but I think it was shot in 70mm, so they've used the best inter-positive print. The sound excells too, the many explosions really rattling around the room. So don't make with the negative waves, man. Just dig what a beautiful film this is and buy it, Baby!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...It's A Beautiful Tank..." - Kelly's Heroes on BLU RAY, 6 Feb. 2011
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kelly's Heroes [Blu-ray] [1970] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2010 'BLU RAY' REISSUE ***

Released in US cinemas in March 1970, "M.A.S.H." had already made both Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould huge stars among the young audiences of the day - so June 1970 saw two more irreverent Second World War movies follow suit - "Catch-22" and the hugely entertaining "Kelly's Heroes" (also starring Sutherland in another scene-stealing role).

The story goes like this - in a retreat from a German advance in France, Lieutenant Kelly (Eastwood) stumbles on a German Officer carrying a briefcase - and on getting him drunk on brandy in a barn during a bombing barrage - he unwittingly tells of a vast shipment of bullion. And better still his papers provide the location of the booty and the military protection allocated to it. Kelly twigs the opportunity immediately - and goes back to camp the next morning to recruit a squad of grubby reprobates to go after the 14,000 crates in a German-occupied town containing millions of dollars worth of gold bars. And on it goes to a standoff with a German Tank officer with squinty eyes who may or may not be as 'gold-struck' as his American counterparts. It's all highly implausible of course, but who cares when you're having this much fun...

As the movie opens to the horribly dated "Burning Bridges" theme song (the rest of Lalo Schifrin's score is excellent), the first 20 minutes are entirely shot at night and a lesser Blu Ray would have fallen down badly at this point (see my reviews for "Ronin" and "2010 - The Year We Make Contact"). But thankfully "Kelly's Heroes" doesn't. Even as the credits roll in red German lettering, it's very obvious that the whole print has been restored and while it isn't state-of-the-art picture quality because the focus is often very loose - at times it looks glorious. The daylight sequences in particular are fabulous. For the most part it's a huge improvement and really adds to your enjoyment of the movie.

Directed by Brian D. Hutton (who had done "Where Eagles Dare" with Eastwood in 1968) and wittily written by British playwright Troy Kennedy-Martin, the MGM casting also featured some genius choices. Clint Eastwood is undoubtedly the leading man and the big-league Hollywood star here - but I mention other choices because his crown was firmly stolen by the rest of his onscreen misfit squad. Donald Sutherland effortlessly grabs the badge of cool for his portrayal of Oddball the wisest hippy in occupied-France (dialogue above). Then there's the loud-mouthed hard-on Telly Savalas (Kojak was a short stop away) as Staff-Sergeant Big Joe trying to keep his boys from being killed by keeping them loose ("Where's the booze! Where's the broads! Where's the action!"). There's the mechanical Sherman tank magician Gavin MacLeod as Moriarty (Oddball's sidekick with his 'negative waves') and the canny trickster Don Rickles as the wonderfully-named Crapgame - the procurer of all things illegal. Carroll O'Connor as the naïve General Colt who overhears Kelly's radio transmissions and thinks his boys are being brave and spearheading an advance behind enemy lines. Throw in the rest of the grunts (even Harry Dean Stanton has a notable minor role - "My hair's in curlers!") and you're on a winner.

You also forget how many funny scenes there were in it - Telly's brother George Savalas as Mulligan the man who constantly drops bombs on his own troops - his hilarious rant at Kelly when he asks him for an illegal barrage - the wasted crews of Oddball's three Sherman tanks sunning themselves under makeshift canopies as one of them does the rounds and pours out coffee into their cups to sober them up - Telly Savalas telling his men to do up a bombed-out house to look like a nightclub - Oddball arriving at the bridge - "It's still up!" Then a US fighter flies in low and blows it up. "No it ain't!" Karl-Otto Alberty as the SS Tank Officer in the town of Clermont who finally open his eyes when he hears what his men and machines have been unwittingly guarding in the bank behind him...

This isn't "Band Of Brothers" or "Pacific" where every GI seems like a model with dirt strategically applied to their cheeks - these actors aren't pretty - their faces and bodies are drawn from the real world - they're full of character and oddity - and their consistent irreverence for authority gives the whole thing a gritty realism throughout. You root for these guys and their cheeky opportunism...

The really big let down is the complete lack of extras - no commentaries, no making of, no post interviews - it's a real shame because they would have added so much to what has always been a perennial favourite among film fans. But as it's pitched at a tenner and given that the print is looking the business, I still think its great value for money (it's available only as a twofer in the USA - paired with "Where Eagles Dare").

"Kelly's Heroes" is a blast on UK Blu Ray - and its recommended like a Sherman shell up the ass of a Tiger Tank...

BLU RAY Credits:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Aspect Ratio
AUDIO: DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Castilian Spanish 2.0 Mono, French 1.0. German 1.0, Italian 1.0
SUBTITLES: English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish

BONUS Material:
Theatrical Trailer (no other extras)

PS: for other superb restorations on BLU RAY, see also my reviews for "The Italian Job", "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning", "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner", "North By Northwest", "Cool Hand Luke", "The Dambusters", "The Prisoner - The Complete (UK TV) Series In High Definition", "Braveheart", "Snatch", "The Ladykillers", "The African Queen", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Back To The Future Trilogy" and "Brief Encounter"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD WAR II SPOOF., 2 Dec. 2013
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"They set out to rob a bank... and damn near won a war instead!" was the publicity line for this violent, cynical, tongue-in-cheek Second World War movie, typical of a string of action-packed movies that derived from The Dirty Dozen (1967).

Kelly's Heroes concerns Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood), who learns of $16 million worth of gold bars behind enemy lines, and reveals a plan to steal it to his fellow soldiers. Kelly sets the heist in motion, backed by a colourful cast of characters that includes Sutherland, anachronistically playing a hippy called Oddball who spends much of the time whinging about the "negative waves", as in "Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?"

Shot in what was then Yugoslavia in order to make use of the cut-rate Yugoslav Army as extras, and competently directed by Hutton (who made the much better Where Eagles Dare two years before with Eastwood), Kelly's Heroes is all pretty crude and mindless. Eastwood, however, is cool as ever, Sutherland infectiously funny and the rest of cast have fun hamming it up.

All in all an EXPLOSIVE highly enjoyable war spoof, lots of laughs and good production values make this a must see. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'CLASSIC 'EASTWOOD' - 'GOLD CREATES HEROES', 30 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Kelly's Heroes [Blu-ray] [1970] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
'Private Kelly' (Clint Eastwood) has gone behind enemy-lines to capture a German-Officer for interrogation
as knowing what the other side are about to do may determine the U.S unit's next move.
However back in camp 'Kelly' checks the contents of the Officers briefcase finding what appears to be a metal
bar which turns out to be 'gold' which certainly gets 'Kelly's' attention.
'Geneva-Convention' aside, 'Kelly' wants to know more, he plies the Officer with 'Brandy' eventually learning
the bar is just one of 14,000
The bank that it's held in is 30 miles behind enemy-lines, 'Kelly's' focus now is to assemble a team that are just
maybe more interested in a share of Sixteen-Million Dollars than the war in which they are supposed to be fighting
in.,
'Kelly' has to, on the strength of a share, persuade the field-gun battery to bombard a set crossroads behind enemy
lines at a set time, he also needs supplies, whilst negotiating with 'Staff Sergeant Crapgame' (Don Rickles) they are
overheard by 'Oddball' (Donald Sutherland) who wants in on the deal, he has a small group with him that currently
are without a unit to serve right now, he also happens to have 'Three Sherman Tanks' at his disposal.
'Kelly' wants to persuade 'M-Sergeant Big Joe' (Telly Savalas) on-board, at first he's somewhat reluctant seeing it as
a hairbrained scheme destined to fail, however realizing that several members of his team were up for it, he agree's
subject to checking out the plans 'Kelly' has made.
Well the Bank is behind enemy-lines, the exercise not without danger, the team now seemingly complete, plans in place,
they are ready to roll, but can they really rely upon the eccentric 'Oddball' and his tanks ?
Their unauthorized venture could actually rather by accident than design help the War-Effort by breaking enemy lines.
Well, the group could end up 'Heroes' and 'Dead' or 'Heroes' and seriously 'Rich'
The film does have much in the way of tongue-in-cheek humour along the way as well as some good action-packed
sequences.......it's exciting and hugely enjoyable coupled with a great cast-list.
The Blu-ray upgrade for this 1970 is pretty good in both Picture and Sound Quality.....
Features - 'Theatrical Trailer'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best WWII comedy ever., 25 July 2014
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A classic comedy war film (if a war film can be funny, this one succeeds). I shan't spoil the plot but the performances of Eastwood, Savalas and Sutherland in particular are brilliant. Their final showdown with a German Tiger Tank commander is almost an echo of Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Sutherland as the hippy Sherman tank commander Oddball is completely off this planet. Drink some wine, eat some cheese and catch some rays people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's Heroes, 12 Jun. 2013
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This is a long movie, with a well thought out main plot. The movie takes a while to get going, however this is in the main plot and is well constructed. Most of the characters are believable with the relationship between the characters played by Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas, the ex-Lieutenant - private and the Sergeant respectively is very well done. The character played by Donald Sutherland, is I feel, more from the American 1967 + Vietnam era cast into World War Two, however he plays a very good part in the overall main plot to the story. To me the highlight of the movie is the "Spaghetti Western" shot at Clint Eastwood towards the end of the movie, but directly related to the main plot where Eastwood, Savalas and Sutherland to Sergio Leone type "Spaghetti Western" style music, walk up the small French town street, American western style, towards the waiting - pointing at them 88mm gun barrel of the German Tiger Tank. There is a background plot that deals very well with how these U.S. soldiers relate to their Officer, and this finally plays out in the final seconds of the movie. If one likes off beat American war movies, this could be the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goldrush with tanks!, 7 Sept. 2010
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How do you take out a Tiger tank? From behind, apparently. But with a giant paintball...? Hmmm, something definitely odd is going on here and with the laid-back, chilled-out Oddball leading three Shermans behind enemy lines in a race to nick some Nazi gold with Kelly and his squad of misfits, odd is definitely the word.

I could detail the synopsis but others have already done so and why repeat them? It has to be said, though, that this is an ingenious comedy. The scene where the heroes go to negotiate with the SS-Panzer sergeant, sending up Clint Eastwoods spaghetti western career (Oddball's quick -draw Luger, I ask you?), is pure gold.

This is a great way to pass an evening in and even the missus will like it. Bereft of the foul language and blood-letting gore of the modern "realistic" war movie and littered with brilliant one-liners and deadpan delivery it's even reasonably family-friendly (although PG certificate in the UK - that's "parental guidance," or "exercise your common sense judgement").

I can watch this over and over. Surely a candidate for cult status, this one?
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5.0 out of 5 stars No negative waves here..., 8 Jan. 2011
I remember watching this on TV with my parents when I was in my mid-teens. The more they frowned at the scene where Oddball's Sherman tanks attack enemy forces, whilst playing Country & Western through their PA systems, the more I ended up loving the film.

And I still do. If I were to make a criticism it would be that the soundtrack is not brilliant - in a film which depends a great deal on Telly Savalas shouting at people, there seems to be a little too much unhelpful distortion. However...this is still down as one of my all-time favourite films. It is extremely well produced - visuals and colour are excellent. It contains sufficient elements of pathos (minefield scene) to remind you that war is not about fun and games. There are enough eccentric characters to keep you engaged, and Oddball, the hippy tank commander is simply a wonderful creation.

I could watch it again and again - and particularly love the 'High Noon' scene when Eastwood and his motley crew arrive at the French town where the gold bullion is waiting.

An absolutely brilliant piece of cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If there ever was a perfect crime..., 20 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Kelly's Heroes [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
If there ever was a perfect crime, then this is it! The audacity of such a crime can only ever be pulled off by Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Reni Santoni and Andy Robinson!

"They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks - a fortune in Nazi-confiscated bullion! Clint Eastwood reunites with the director of Where Eagles Dare for the action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war. Eastwood's Lt. Kelly masterminds a scheme to slip behind enemy lines and steal the loot. The fim's co-stars include a trio on the verge of big-time TV success: Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas and Gavin MacLeod. Plus, Don Rickles plays the expectedly outspoken Crapgame. And in the same year as his star-making role in M*A*S*H, Donald Sutherland is Oddball, World War II's only hippie. Dig it!"

Audio: English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired
Special Features: Theatrical Trailer
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed with the Hi Def 'upgrade', 11 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Kelly's Heroes [Blu-ray] [1970] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Short & sweet review, absolute classic film, love it. The only thing that lets this Blu-ray down is the picture. Yes it's an improvement over the DVD, but not as much as it should / could have been. Still worth buying, but only in the sale.
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