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'AN OFTEN 'GRAPHIC' AND POIGNANT STORY'
on 17 May 2014
The film follows a G.I squad's journey during World War II they are led by
'World War 1 veteran a Sergeant (Lee Marvin)
The story starts with the 'First Squad' serving in the 'North Africa' Campaign,
after an encounter with 'Rommel's' force the squads numbers are seriously
reduced, the Sergeant is injured and captured.....however when liberated
he re-joins his squad as they prepare to join the 'Sicily' invasion in 1943.
Privates 'Zab'(Robert Carradine) 'Griff'' (Mark Hamill) 'Vinci' (Bobby Di Cicco)
and 'Johnson' (Kelly Ward)
Their next mission takes them to the beaches of 'Normandy' - 'Omaha' as part
of the D-Day assault (1944) History of course tells us of the heavy losses the
allies took securing that beach.
After the squads progressed into 'Belgium' encountering fire-fights along the
way, still the squads war isn't over, they advance deeper Into German occupied
territory finally coming across a 'Nazi' Death-Camp.
The film is filmed as a biographical journey........The story a fictional World War II
drama written and directed by 'Samuel Fuller' - though fictional it does manage to
portray the harsh images and realities war brings.
This release (Blu-ray) has both the 1980 reconstructed version and the original 1967
Theatrical release on-board.
The reconstructed version lasting 162 minutes has been put together as it is believed
'Simon Fuller' would have wished it to be seen.
The Theatrical version 113 minutes is how cinema audiences would have seen it when
The reconstructed version is presented in standard definition, the Theatrical version
has been upgraded to HD (Blu-ray)
There is quite a dramatic difference in the picture quality between the two versions on
The film does achieve it's intended aim - it depicts the true horror of war.
(trouble is it seems, in truth, that man cannot live without it)
The film obviously worth viewing.
Special Features -
* Commentary on reconstruction version by 'Richard Schickel'
* Documentary - the man who made the movies - 'Samuel Fuller'
* Featurette - The real glory - reconstructing 'The Big Red One'
* Featurette - The Fighting First and War Department Film.
* Before and after restoration scene comparisons.
* Alternative Scenes.
This 'Import' Blu-ray release is 'region-free' so can be played on
region 'B' players.