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Shell Shock/Battle of Blood Island [DVD]

Something Weird Video has paired up two obscure war stories (both set during World War II but shot and released in the early '60s) for this DVD release. Shell Shock has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while Battle of Blood Island has been letterboxed at 1.66:1. Both films are in English, with no multiple language options. As is their habit, Something Weird has tacked on plenty of bonus materials, including two WWII-vintage propaganda films (one is the outrageous must-see "Our Job in Japan"), trailers for eight other battlefield epics, and a public-service short with Bing Crosby pitching war bonds. Source material for everything on this disc is a bit on the worn side, but the collection plays with good-natured gusto.

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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered
    • Battle-scarred WWII trailers for: Armored Attack!, Blood of Bataan, The Cavern, The Devil's General, Ordered to Love, The Quick and the Dead, Steel Bayonet, and Verboten
    • Soliders are taught not to talk -- especially when captured by the Nazis -- in the 32-minute "War Department Training Film" #1: "Information Please"
    • The Pentagon psychoanalyzes the Japanese in the outrageously racist "War Department Orientation Film" #2: "Our Job in Japan"
    • Singalong with Bing Crosby and the theatrical war-bond short #3: "We've Got Another Bond to Buy"


    Battle of Blood Island
    Short on action and slow in developing, this drama is set during World War II on a small island in the Pacific. Two GI's are holed up inside a cave, the only survivors of a failed offensive on the island. One day they witness a mass suicide among the Japanese soldiers who control the area, and so they realize that the war has ended. As they open up to each other, one of them loses his temper unexpectedly and bursts forth with an anti-Semitic tirade against his supposed buddy. That unexplained outburst mortifies him as much or more than it does his companion, and he takes a shocking punitive action against himself. Meanwhile, the two men need to be rescued soon because the island is scheduled for an atomic bomb test. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Shell Shock
    An emotionally scarred man is thrown into the heat of battle in this low-budget war drama set during World War II. Gil (Frank Leo) and Johnny (Carl Crow) are childhood friends who were raised together in an orphanage and have been as close as brothers ever since. Gil arranges to be sent to Italy to serve in the same outfit as Johnny, but while the two are happy to see one another, Gil can see that the rigors of battle have taken a toll on his buddy. Sgt. Rance (Beach Dickerson) is convinced Johnny is a coward who's faking his anxieties so he'll be shipped out of the danger zone. When Johnny snaps into a near catatonic state during a skirmish, Rance is still certain he's pulling a fast one no matter what the medical staff says, and after Johnny is confined to his tent for rest, Rance sends him back out against orders and his buddies are forced to go behind enemy lines to find him. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Richard Devon - Moe
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      Ron Kennedy - Ken

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