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

Released on 02 May 2005

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years and over

Condition:  Used - Good

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This version of 'The Big Red One' contains 40 minutes of extra footage that was removed prior to the original release. Lee Marvin stars in this episodic retelling of the exploits of the American First Infantry Division during World War II, focusing on the squad's sergeant and four of the teenage soldiers. They struggle to survive campaigns from North Africa in November, 1942, to Czechoslovakia in May, 1945: along the way they participate in the invasion of Sicily, the D-Day invasion, free a lunatic asylum and a concentration camp. Fuller had served with the Big Red One, the U.S. First Infantry Division, and the autobiographical content of his film kept it close to his heart. This full-length version, which is close to the late director's original cut, is one of American cinema's great war movies. Working with 70,000 feet of vault materials and Fuller's shooting script, critic/filmmaker Richard Schickel heads a reconstruction that adds over 40 minutes and transforms a truncated but admired war film into an epic masterwork!
  • Audio commentary from Richard Schickel
  • Alternative scenes
  • 'The Men Who Made Sam Fuller' documentary (55 mins)
  • 'The Real Glory: Reconstructing The Big Red One' documentary
  • 'The Fighting First: A War Department Film' featurette
  • 'Anatomy Of A Scene' featurette (18 mins)
  • Stills gallery
  • Original promo reel (30 mins)
  • Reconstruction trailer
actorRobert Carradine
certificate15 years and over
directorSamuel Fuller
duration2 hours and 38 minutes
subtitlesEnglish ; German ; Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; Icelandic ; German for the hearing impaired ; English for the hard of hearing