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Unfortunately, Warner Brothers has given this DVD release the absolute bare-bones treatment. There is not so much as one page of production notes to be found on this disc, much less a theatrical trailer or director's commentary, both of which would have been welcome additions. In fact, the lack of features is so complete that there is only one language selection (English, in a dubious Dolby Surround mix; a 5.1 track would also have done this film a lot of justice), and two subtitle selections (English and French), as well as a scene selection feature. On the positive side, the image transfer is reasonably competent; there are very few marks and scratches, the blacks are as rich as can be expected from a 20-year-old film, and the flesh tones are accurately reproduced. One side of the disc contains the widescreen version of the film, and the full-screen is on the other; both are anamorphically enhanced, which is one of the disc's few redeeming qualities. When a film distinguishes itself as a defining element of its genre as this one has, supplemental information is always welcome. This disc is strictly for diehard fans of the film or those completists looking to supplement their war film collection; others are better off waiting for the inevitable special edition.
The video is a dramatization of the history of the 1st Infantry Division from the end of World War 1 through World War II. Young recruits learn to survive and mature as they follow their experienced Sargent through various battles. Lee Marvin is excellent in his role and undoubtedly draws on personal experience in World War II to teach us of the horrors endured by these young men.
This movie grows on you through the years. I do believe it was Lee Marvin's last movie and he gave a great performance. His squad includes a young Mark Hamill-Luke Skywalker and Kung Fu's younger brother, Robert Carradine. Through the years I have watched this movie numerous times.