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Combat - Season 1, Campaign 1 (1962)

Vic Morrow , Rick Jason , Bernard McEveety , Boris Sagal  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Steven Rogers, Pierre Jalbert, Albert Salmi
  • Directors: Bernard McEveety, Boris Sagal, Burt Kennedy, Byron Paul, Herman Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 748 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2W2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Combat - Season 1, Campaign 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 16 episodes on four discs
  • Photo gallery
  • Memories of Combat!
  • Notes, oddities, and bloopers

Editorial Reviews

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Hailed as one of the best episodic television series about World War II, ABC's Combat! arrives on DVD with its first 16 episodes in a heavily annotated four-disc set that's sure to please its longtime fans. The men of King Company's second platoon (a.k.a. King Two) are the focus of this gritty and realistic series; led by Lt. Gil Hanley (Rick Jason) and Sgt. Chip Saunders (Vic Morrow in an Emmy-nominated performance), King Two fought its way across France for five seasons, beginning in 1962 with the 16 episodes gathered here. The storyline kicks off shortly after D-Day and carries the platoon up to the liberation of Paris, which concluded the season (the second half of season 1 is featured in a separate four-disc set). Cast members rotated in and out of service (Tom Lowell's Pvt. Billy Nelson is apparently killed in "The Celebrity," yet returns to the platoon shortly thereafter), but viewers could count on each episode to deliver both solid action and dramatic direction from the likes of Robert Altman and Burt Kennedy, as well as excellent turns by guest actors as Tom Skerritt and Harry Dean Stanton.

Image's Combat! Season One: Campaign One establishes a watermark for other studios and distributors to follow with their own vintage television DVD sets. Commentary tracks by Robert Altman, first assistant director Michael Caffey, and actor Tom Lowell are featured on three episodes, while several other key participants, including actor Pierre Jalbert (Caje), directors Richard Donner and Ted Post, and Combat! episode guide author Jo Davidmeyer are featured in interviews for the featurette "Memories of Combat!." Davidmeyer also provides interesting factoids about each episode in the scene selection menus. A gallery of production photos rounds out the uniformly excellent supplemental features. Image's comprehensive boxed set is a must-have for devotees of the series and WWII drama in general. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

One of the television's most popular series, the groundbreaking Combat!! offers a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable levels of ingenuity and courage.

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Been a Long Time Coming, But Worth the Wait! August 31, 2004
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If you were a kid growing up in the 1960s (as I was), and you didn't watch the TV series Combat! (1962-1967), you were living under a rock. I cannot imagine my neighborhood friends amassing our arsenal of toy guns, plastic helmets, and other uniquely devised accoutrements of war to play Army, without first arguing over who was going to play Sergeant Saunders, "Cage," or the BAR toting, wise-cracking Kirby. After years of sporadic syndication, the release of the entire first season of Combat! on DVD is long overdue.The first season is broken down into two, four-disc packages of 16 episodes each titled: Combat! Season I, Campaign I, and Combat! Season I, Campaign II respectively. The episodes are arranged in the order they aired in syndication, not as originally televised. There are 4 episodes per disc, plus Special Features including photo galleries, and interviews with past cast members. The sound quality is good, and the scenes not overly dark like some black and white transfers to DVD. Absent, however, is a booklet that would have been a nice touch. Instead, a mere list of episodes with scene selections is included. Consequently, I highly recommend the book "Combat!: A Viewer's Companion to the WWII TV Series (revised)" by Jo Davidsmeyer as an indispensable guide to the entire five-year run of the series.Campaign I opens with the pilot "A Day in June," which finds the squad of the 2nd platoon of (K)ing Company in England preparing for the D-Day invasion. Interestingly, Hanley (Rick Jason) is a First Sergeant, having not yet received his battlefield commission to lieutenant. Pierre Jalbert, a film editor, not an actor by trade, who will later mold the character of "Cage," is casted here as "Caddy. Read more ›
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Great series! but the DVD's are a bit strange... the episodes are grouped in order of "production" and NOT in the original air date/episode order. here are the episodes on "Campaign 1" in order:

DISC #1
Episode 11: Day in June, A (10/18/1962)
Episode 4: Any Second Now (10/23/1962)
Episode 15: Just for the Record (01/15/1963)
Episode 17: Squad, The (01/29/1963)

DISC #2
Episode 3: Lost Sheep, Lost Shepherd (10/16/1962)
Episode 1: Forgotten Front (10/02/1962)
Episode 6: Missing in Action (11/13/1962)
Episode 2: Rear Echelon Commandos (10/09/1962)

DISC #3
Episode 19: Chateau, The (02/12/1963)
Episode 12: Prisoner, The (12/25/1962)
Episode 7: Escape to Nowhere (11/20/1962)
Episode 8: Celebrity, The (11/27/1962)

DISC #4
Episode 5: Far from the Brave (10/30/1962)
Episode 25: Quiet Warrior, The (03/26/1963)
Episode 9: Cat and Mouse (12/04/1962)
Episode 13: Reunion (01/01/1963)

you'll have to buy BOTH sets if you want the option of watching them in original air date order.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, THIS is TV! June 7, 2004
By BTDT
WOW! On a lark over the last couple of years I've been searching for Combat! It became a habit and I just kept doing it not ever expecting to see it come up...but, last night when I saw it I was thrilled to death!
For those who haven't seen the show before, I highly suggest getting this series. I recall the acting was excellent and the themes of each of the shows was outstanding. The show centers around SGT Saunders (Vic Morrow) and his squad of men patrolling against the Germans. You'll see ambushes, movements to contact, and practically the entire array of actions small units experienced in WWII. Great stuff!
I'll be viewing this over and over. I just hope I don't over analyze the episodes based on my 20 year career in the Army many years after the show aired. Either way...it will be a blast to see the characters again!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited, Long Overdue July 24, 2004
COMBAT! is from the era of great television. How else could you explain the popularity of the show over its five year run? Much like M*A*S*H, which stretched the Korean War to more than a decade, COMBAT! sustained 1944 for several years. After its run on ABC, COMBAT! went immediately into syndication and has run continuously, on one station or another, since 1967. The challenge for many fans however, has been to find a consistent source for the program. For viewers, such as me, it was always a case where COMBAT! premiered on a cable or satellite network other than those available in my area.

In the mid 1980s, Goodtimes Video released five episodes of COMBAT! Whether Goodtimes was testing the market or just issuing random releases, the videos -- recorded in Long Play mode -- soon found their way into bargain bins. Though there was talk for years of releasing whole box sets of the series it never happened.

Pardon me for saying so, but COMBAT! was produced at a time when television actors actually had to work for a living. The cast was underpaid, held to incredible production deadlines, worked all hours at a variety of locations under a meager budget. Remember too that television series of that decade ran much longer without reruns than do the skimpy shows today. In the case of COMBAT!'s first season (Campaigns 1 & 2), that totals 32 episodes.

Akin to the cast of BAND OF BROTHERS, the recurring actors on COMBAT! endured a stint of accelerated Army basic training at Fort Ord, California. In fact, the Department of the Army provided considerable assistance in the series' production.

You can easily find fault with the series. Not unlike westerns of the day, sets are recognizably used again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent series! Have them all now. Everyone as good as the next.
Published 1 month ago by Wildb
5.0 out of 5 stars My Dad Loved It!
It arrived on time and my father was so surprised by the gift can't wait to order the second part for father's day.
Published 4 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series
I remember watching this series when it came out in the early 60's. I had forgotten most of them so it was like seeing it for the first time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Manford Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WW2 Combat Series Ever
This is a great WWII series about a squad of men in Normandy, after D-Day. Great battle scenes, and great human interactions and dialog. Filmed in very high quality b & w. Buy it!
Published 13 months ago by Arete
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price
This is exactly what we were looking for, and matched the description perfectly. All the discs are present and work. Thanks
Published 13 months ago by Chelsea Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV show for the time..
This is a great TV show for the time. And when I was a little kid I watched it.... From what I can see/find out. It has no CC Closed Caption are SDH on it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars loved this show when I was a kid
seems a bit tame now, not as much action as I remembered, I guess I have been spoiled by all the special effects modern war stories.
Published 16 months ago by Mick Saravitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Combat
Thank you very much. A+A+A+. I watched it and it was great. Can't wait for more Combat DVDS to arrive.
Published 17 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Just great.just just just just great great great great so so so so so there there there there there there.
Published 18 months ago by James C. Dunson
5.0 out of 5 stars Combat Season One
I never saw these back in the day so more enjoyable. Good copy of the TV show. Interesting comments. Great.
Published 18 months ago by Expat
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