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This review is from: The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
Without doubt this version is one of the greatest examinations of the effects of war on the individual. While it still displays the lack of realism in the battle sequences which are redolent of it's roots in the war films of the 60s and 70s, drawing comparisons to recent war films special effects and approach to realism being pointless given it's age; it's ability to shock by using the transformations that overtake the men as a result of the continual fighting and the horrors of war is the point of the film and the humanity displayed by them despite the ordeal. It also draws an interesting parallel to elements of both "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers", it must have been inspirational in both cases. Far more than an action film and a fine example from it's era.