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Battle of the Bulge [Blu-ray] [1965]

  • SKU: 4776041
  • Release Date: 05/15/2007
  • Rating: NR
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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 11)

    Special Features

    • New digital HD transfer from restored picture and audio elements
    • Audio commentary
    • 2 vintage featurettes: The Filming of Battle of the Bulge/History Recreated
    • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Theatrical trailer


    Battle of the Bulge
    In December of 1944, the Allied high command is convinced that German forces in Belgium are in a low state of readiness, and perhaps even about to withdraw. Only one officer on the front lines, intelligence specialist Lt. Col. Kiley (Henry Fonda), believes otherwise -- that the Germans are actually planning an attack. His opinion is rejected by his immediate superior (Dana Andrews) and his commanding general (Robert Ryan). Kiley spots several suspicious signs of German activity behind enemy lines on a reconnaissance flight, and he is at the front looking for evidence when the German counter-offensive starts. Taking advantage of Allied unpreparedness and a weather front that grounds all aircraft, their heavy tank units, supported by infantry, roll over the American forces, assaulting the lines at five different points in an attempt to ultimately divide the Allied forces in the west. The German top tank officer, Colonel Hessler (Robert Shaw), has planned his operation perfectly, but he is in a race against time, to take as much territory as possible before the weather front moves out and American aircraft can fly again, and to capture the American fuel supplies so that the offensive can continue right to the port of Antwerp. He has the total dedication of his men, but engenders doubts from his aide, Conrad (Hans-Christian Blech), who is weary of the fighting and wonders what it is all for. Meanwhile, Kiley is trying to uncover the weak spot in the German offensive, and he crosses paths with several other key players in this drama: Charles Bronson as a combat officer charged with the defense of the collapsing American position, James MacArthur as a neophyte lieutenant who becomes a leader, and Telly Savalas as a conniving sergeant in command of a tank who unexpectedly finds a nobler, less mercenary side of himself. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Henry Fonda
      Henry Fonda - Lt. Col. Kiley
    • Robert Shaw
      Robert Shaw - Colonel Hessler
    • Robert Ryan
      Robert Ryan - Gen. Grey
    • Dana Andrews
      Dana Andrews - Col. Pritchard
    • Telly Savalas
      Telly Savalas - Guffy

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      my favorite war movie.

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      imho this is a gem to any lover of the world war 2 genre. the song the Germans sing before the battle is cool imho. ironically this film was shot in two places Europe and possibly a desert. the tank battle should have taken place in the snow but something happened during the filming of the movie that forced a relocation of the production. we get to see how the germans actually thought this plan was going to work and how the Americans turned the tide of battle. one general responds to the german surrender with nuts as an answer. the film has a great cast of actors including charles bronson and telly savalas who worked together in the original dirty dozen movie. robert shaw plays the german officer which is a switch for him. shaw is known for playing the good guy. the sound and picture are well worth the price of the blu-ray release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Mediocre film gets a mediocre disc.

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As a fan of classic war films, I cannot recommend this. The story is very weak, the cast does a pretty bad job(even though many were veteran actors) and as a whole it's just too long. The transfer is nothing to write home about. The bit rate is too low for a film shot in 70mm, but it doesn't matter much because the actual master is a smeary mess. It looks barely better than a DVD. My recommendation? Get the remastered Patton, Tora! Tora! Tora!, or Lawrence of Arabia Blu-rays if you are looking for some great war films that will make your HDTV shine.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition To Our Movie Collection

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      This is a older movie that I originally saw in a movie theater and was delighted when I was able to purchase it from BestBuy at a good price so my wife, who has not seen it, can watch it anytime we want.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great job on a old movie


      with all of the deleted scenes in the movie, it is like watching a new movie. blu-ray has done a great job cleaning up a 35mm movie. i know my age group, 50 to 55 will enjoy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Battle of the bulge (American Version)


      This movie has deleted seens the others do not have. It is like watching a new movie. Get the blue ray version and you will not be disapointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great WWII movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a movie I remember from my youth, and it was great to see it again after many years. Anyone who enjoys WW II movies will love this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Classic Movie


      This movie is filled with great actors. Great story here too. This movie has never looked or sounded better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      An ok war movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      While extremely historically inaccurate, it's still a very decent war movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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