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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XA5MZ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,160 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dutch Release - Audio : English - Subtitles : Dutch ( optional )

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2010
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Yes the Americans were late for both World wars but they didn't half make an impact. Some have said that this is one of the few American films about WW 1 and I feel this type of film really ought to be encouraged. In actual fact the Americans have been making excellent WW1 films since Hollywood began including 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (3 versions), 'Sergeant York' the awful 'Fly Boys (that's the one with the lion and is like a dumbed up 'Pearl Harbor)and many more. The difference is this is new and is firmly set in the retelling of the horrors of war. And the Americans fired more shells on their first day in action than during the entire Civil War, so their commitment should never be underestimated.

The plot is one which happened many times in the 'Great War' and that is a battalion goes forward believing it is supported on both flanks, alas they are not and due to a breakdown in communication they stay put and decide to battle it out despite facing a hopeless situation. It is based on actual events and it is lovely to see carrier pigeons being shown in action as they were vital, the French almost exclusively relied upon them at one point.

The acting is all excellent and the plot unfolds in real time in that there are no flash backs which are often used to build empathy with the characters and the audience (i.e. they are not just soldiers but husbands, sons etc. That could lead to the charge of non character development, but the film does not suffer from this as the humanity is clear from the start. At 92 minutes long it flew by and for followers of war films and more explicitly WW 1 this is highly recommended and almost as good as the excellent 'Beneath Hill 60'Beneath Hill 60 [DVD] [2010] in terms of accuracy and compelling story line.
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It has taken some time to track this film down. It portrays, with gut-wrenching realism, the brutality that was the first world war. The lack of big name stars adds to the effect, with men of varying ethnic and cultural background fighting a war thousands of miles from home, being led by generals who haven't got a clue and won't admit to their mistakes! Just move a pin on a map and you have achieved your objective. The fact than the story is true, combined with the brutal action makes this a must see film for any action enthusiast.
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It is unusual for an american film to catch the grim detail and horror of world war 1(usually the french or the english are the only good ones) .Maybe thats why there are very few American made films on the subject.They tend to like loud soundtracks and a happy ending, all of which do not fit with the story matter.
I am sure that this is also partially due to the fact that they were only there for the end of it (not including the Canadians and the Aussies who were outstanding).
However this film takes a good stab at what it was like and I would recommend it to fellow ww1 collectors.
Also It sure as hell beats the amateurish rubbish that was the trench.
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By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2009
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for a low budget compared to most its well shot, well thought out, and well acted. a brilliant film and a worthy achievement in honour of some very brave men.
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There are two versions of the United States' role in World War I. The first is that America introduced a new group of personnel with their own style of combat, tipping the balance in the favour of a side formerly dominated by the Triple Entente powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia), and effectively winning the war for them. The second is that in 1917 the war was drawing to a close with or without the United States on board, and America just happened to enter at the right time, benefiting tremendously from the work others had done long before.

Regarding the film, if you want some entertainment which sits solidly within the first version of history, you won't be disappointed. Like a lot of historical dramas cum war films it has invested heavily in set design, costumes, and articles. A beautifully put together piece of work. But examine the messages this film is putting across and you're basically left with hero worship, ethnic-cultural exceptionalism, and self-aggrandizement. Par for the course. I enjoyed the film, but watch it with your eyes open regarding the above.
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"The Lost Battalion" is the true story of the 77th "Liberty" Division from New York during World War I. On October 2nd, 1918, five weeks before the end of the war, they advanced into the heavily wooded terrain of the Argonne Forest in France. Although their advanced was supposed to be supported by French and other American troops, the 77th was the only Allied unit to achieve its objective. As a result, the "Lost Battalion" was surrounded by the German army and constantly attacked for six days. However, the group failed to surrender, despite being low on ammunition, food, and other supplies. Before the battle the 77th had around 600 men, but only 200 would walk out from the Argonne Forest.
There was a silent movie made about "The Lost Battalion" in 1919, in which director Burton L. King used the soldiers themselves to film the story, which was more of a documentary re-enactment than a theatrical film. It was not until 2001 that such a film telling the story of the 77th was finally produced. Rick Schroder plays Maj. Charles White Whittlesey, the battalion commander and a New York City lawyer who thinks his group's assignment is a suicide mission. Of course his concerns are dismissed, because if there is one iconic image of World War I infantry it is that of climbing out of trenches to be mowed down by enemy machine guns (e.g., "Gallipoli"). Whittlesey's battalion is ordered to advance into the Argonne, and to take and hold their position at all cost.
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