Director Robert Aldrich took what he considered a hopelessly old-fashioned script by Lukas Heller and Nunnally Johnson and fashioned The Dirty Dozen into one of MGM's biggest moneymakers of the 1960s--and the sixth highest-grossing film in the studio's history. Lee Marvin plays Major Reisman, assigned to coordinate a suicide mission on a French chateau held by top Nazi officers. Since no "normal" GI can be expected to volunteer for this mission, Reisman is compelled to draw his personnel from a group of military prisoners serving life sentences. This "dirty dozen" includes a sex pervert (Telly Savalas), a psycho (John Cassavetes), a retarded killer (Donald Sutherland), and the equally malevolent Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, Jim Brown, and Clint Walker. On the dim promise of receiving pardons if they survive, the criminals undergo a brutal training program, then are marched behind enemy lines dressed as Nazi soldiers, the better to overtake the chateau and kill everyone in it--including the innocent wives and mistresses of the German officers.~Hal Erickson
Bonus movie: The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission- The 1985 sequel with Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel reprising their original roles
Commentary by cast members Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, Stuart Cooper and Colin Maitland, producer Kenneth Hyman, original novelist E.M. Nathanson, film historian David J. Schow and veteran military advisor to movies Captain Dale Dye
Introduction by Ernest Borgnine
2 exciting new documentaries- Armed and Deadly: The Making of The Dirty Dozen / The Filthy Thirteen: Real Stories from Behind the Lines
Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills: vintage recruitment documentary featuring Lee Marvin
Vintage featurette Operation Dirty Dozen
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec)/Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature film only)
Lee MarvinMaj. Reisman
Ernest BorgnineGen. Worden
Charles BronsonJoseph Wladislaw
Jim BrownRobert Jefferson
John CassavetesVictor Franko
George KennedyMaj. Max Armbruster
Richard JaeckelSgt. Bowren
Robert RyanCol. Everett Dasher-Breed
Trini LopezPedro Jiminez
Ralph MeekerCapt. Stuart Kinder
Telly SavalasArcher Maggott
Clint WalkerSamson Posey
Donald SutherlandVernon Pinkley
Robert WebberGen. Denton
Tom BusbyMilo Vladek
Ben CarruthersGlenn Gilpin
Stuart CooperRoscoe Lever
Robert PhillipsCorporal Carl Morgan
Colin MaitlandSeth Sawyer
Al ManciniTassos Bravos
Thick WilsonWorden's Aide
Dora ReisserGerman Officer's Girl
George RoubicekPvt. Arthur James Gardner
Frank DeVolComposer (Music Score)
W.E. HutchinsonArt Director
Alan McCabeCamera Operator
Tony SpratlingCamera Operator
Ensemble Film,War Adventure
The Dirty Dozen
United Kingdom,United States
Year of Release
2 Discs, DVD, Special Edition
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Soft-matted Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Warner Home Video
The Dirty Dozen [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
Warner Brothers has made up for the long wait for a good DVD edition of The Dirty Dozen. This two-disc package is excellent, a major improvement on the previous release.
Image quality: A new transfer to anamorphic video. The image is great--very sharp and clear, giving all due emphasis to the gritty quality of the story. In some shots you can see every pore on Lee Marvin's face. A little frightening, I suppose, but worth it.
Sound: Very good. The Dirty Dozen won the Oscar for Best Sound Effects, and this DVD's sound does the film justice.
Special features: Surprisingly good for a film as far-removed in time as this. The highlight, for me, was the commentary on the film by a few of the surviving actors, a film historian, and Cpt. Dale Dye of Warriors, Inc. Dye's salty commentary is the real jewel of the features on this edition.
It's nice to see a movie I've loved since childhood getting the DVD it deserves. If you've been waiting for this DVD--or even if you haven't--pick it up as soon as you can. Highly recommended
I think that "The Dirty Dozen" was one of the greatest classic war/action films of all-time and it was also one of my favorite war/action films of all-time. I have seen and enjoyed this film several times and I also think that "The Dirty Dozen" had a lot of entertaining, exciting and enjoyable action, mystery and suspense including an exciting and original storyline.
Lee Marvin...Charles Bronson...John Cassavetes...Jim Brown...do I need to say more? A WWII film made during Vietnam, there's a clear message being conveyed about the then-political climate.
A total guy movie. If you find a woman that likes this one, she's a keeper.