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The Big Red One

7.11 h 53 min198015
Director Samuel Fuller's autobiographical tale of a special infantry squad and its intrepid sergeant during WWII follows the men from D-Day to the liberation of the Nazi death camps.
Samuel Fuller
Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill
English [CC]
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Mark TwainReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2016
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Terriffic movie by Sam Fuller based on his own accounts and experiences in the world wars with an excellent cast headlined by Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine ect .

An EPIC story of survival, triumph and comrarderie of a seasoned Sargeant and his red one group of young soldiers in a a region free blu ray that contains all of the special featurette's, documentary, interviews from the 2004 dvd release of the RECONSTRUCTION: The Big Red One and both the theatrical version and the RECONSTRUCTION restored, enhanced and greatly extended version are contained there in. For myself the Extended Reconstruction is the best and finally does the material, story and character's true Justice in what could not be showcased in the edited down truncated theatrical 1980 release. Highly Recommended
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2014
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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.
6 people found this helpful
MagnetoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2020
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Great film, but for those interested in this Blu-ray the “Reconstructed” version (and superior imo) of the film is NOT in HD, only standard definition. Only the Theatrical version (also included here) is in high-def. If I had known I wouldn’t have bought it.
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AdrianReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2022
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This DVD was a difficult one to find but it was supplied in good condition and well packed. There was a postal delay which wasn't the sellers fault but the DVD duly arrived and plays well; as expected of an Amazon purchase.
Jonathan FraterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2020
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Mr Alex DrennanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2020
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great film
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watched film enjoyed a lot
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Juddz444Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than expected.
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This is a great movie. It was voted on of the greatest 500 films by empire and I can see why. There is both humour and sadness in the film and I would defeintely recommend it for thos who like war films.
3 people found this helpful
Mark LangleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must see War movie.
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This redux version is quite simply brilliant. Sam Fullers largely autobiographical telling of his wartime experience has an air of authenticity and engages you completely. The characters are flawed but plausible young men, little more than boys, led by the wonderfully grizzled old warrior played by Lee Marvin in his greatest role. It's a wonderful film and up there in the pantheon of great war movies.
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