The main problem with The Dirty Dozen is that is shown virtually every night on a TV channel somewhere, so its difficult to justify owning the DVD at all. However this is a good film (and the package would make it 4 and half stars for me) and one I have watched over and over again.
It's an 'A' list cast:
John Cassavetes (who was nominated for Best supporting actor in 1967)
The first 2/3 of the film works best where The Major (Marvin) has to train his bunch of no-hopers. Of course they are under-cover so he upsets some of the top brass and this leads to some run-ins with Col Breed (Ryan). These scenes are wonderfully done and the acting and the script all work brilliantly. For me the last part of the film is less successful. This is where they go into battle. I'm not sure why I find this less interesting, but perhaps its because really the Army is fighting itself in the first part of the film and as soon as they are fighting the Germans I don't care as much.
The extras are worthwhile in this release. There are some interesting commentaries from members of the original cast and a few 'experts'. On the 2nd disc you also get the 1985 sequel movie "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission" (which still has members of the original cast in it), plus three documentaries.
So superb entertainment from director Robert Aldrich, which does hold up to repeated viewings - even if you have already seen it 25 times!
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