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The Big Red One: The Reconstructed Version (2 Discs)

Featuring: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill & Robert Carradine

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Action Packed War Film!!

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For me I love these type of films. I found this to be brillaint!!

This is the restored version of Director Sam Fullers WW2 epic , the original was deemed too violent by the studio (Oh noes a violent war film!!). Original material has been added by a restoration team and now this is a film with the resolute stamp of empirical authority.
The main characters are all part of the 1st Infantry , the Big Red One of the films title , named after their insignia. Ex Marine Lee Marvin in his last great role plays the gruff Sergeant along with Privates Griff , Zab Vinci and Johnson. Griff is played by Mark Hamill at the peak of his Star Wars fame. We follow them from North Africa to Sicily onto Omaha Beach and through Europe until they liberate a Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. The film is a series of intense battle sequences , interspersed by periods of quiet reflection , jokey banter and the cold dread of death.
There is grim humour in the script , but also poetry and understated emotion.
Recommend for war film lovers
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  Good at times, bad at other times

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This war film is no dirty dozen but it is good at times. The plot is very good but some of the actors chosen really stink(mark hamill and kelly ward). However marvin is pretty good as is robert carradine of revenge of the nerds fame. Only for war fans

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  Really poor

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I was not impressed. I think it is just poor acting all over.
The movie could also have used some background actors, to give the impressioen that the team was not alone in the war. I know its an older movie, but it just gives the impression that it is a very low-budget production. Painting German markings on a pre-war american tank does not make it a Panzer III or IV.... I had high hopes, but what a letdown!!! Sorry, but this was really bad.

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  Explosive Tale of the U.s Infantry- The Big Red One!!

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Reconstructed with 40 minutes of extra vital footage this was made in 1980 by Samuel Fuller and is a fantastic addition to my war collection as it is explosive!!
It is Based on the true story of Sam Fuller who served with the Big Red One back in World War 2 and for just under three hours you are gripped as you follow these soldiers on there campaign through Africa to D-Day and more!!
Packed with action and drama, a great cast including Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine and Mark Hamill, Big Red One is amongst some of the best war films ever made and is a must in any war collection and at just £3.99 it is a bargain!

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  classic war

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I had this film on vhs and wanted to replace it on dvd.It says on the back extra footage and remastered in 5.1,you will notice the difference.So many remastered older films sound just the same as the original.This film is the pre-runner to private ryan and also a couple of others as it covers several stories.Considering it was made in 1980 it is still as good as some of todays.I would have given it a 5 only some people will compare it to the more modern films that can use computer graphics.For all war film buffs, definitely one to add to your collection.

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I bought this film having seen excerpts on Channel 4's '100 Best War Films' and interviews with the cast: I'd never watched it; never heard of it.
Possibly distribution problems in 1979/1980 were the cause. During the 'feature' extras it's explained that the original studio Lorimar went bust then a further two studios took it on. The finished product was possibly not good.
This edition is. Bits of footage have been found in the archive's at the three studios and skilifully edited in what I consider is a masterpiece.
A thrilling account of 4 'survivors' of the campaigns in North Africa; Sicilly; Battle of the Bulge...
Buy it!
You won't regret having this film in your collection.

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