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Combat - Season 3, Operation 2

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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. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason head a stellar cast in the longest-running war series in history, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent. Guest stars include: James Whitmore, Tom Skerritt, Frankie Avalon, Dan Duryea, Robert Loggia, Glenn Cannon, Johnny Crawford, Andrew Prine, Charles Bronson, Chad Everett. Episodes include: A Gift of Hope; A Walk with an Eagle; Birthday Cake; The Cassock; The Town That Went Away; The Convict; The Steeple; More Than a Soldier; The Long Wait; The Tree of Moray; A Cry in the Ruins; Heritage; The Hell Machine; Billy the Kid; Beneath the Ashes; Odyssey

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  • Actors: Rick Jason, Vic Morrow, Karlheinz Böhm, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert
  • Directors: Vic Morrow, Alan Crosland Jr., Bernard McEveety, James Komack, John Peyser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 768 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000777IB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Combat - Season 3, Operation 2" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J P Falcon on February 21, 2005
We have now reached the midpoint of the COMBAT series and the show is now only becoming better. While I may find a few more "clunckers" in the third season, that were not present in season 2, this is outweighed by the fact there were far more excellent episodes in total. The actors who comprised the core of the Squad have fully developed their individual personalities and Vic Morrow was now becoming the true centerpiece of the show. There was apparently no clash of egos between himself and Rick Jason, probably because Jason shrewdly had it in his contract that he got paid whether he appeared or not.

Of course, one of the drawbacks in a series such as COMBAT is the main participants of the squad survive every episode, while those poor forlorn "red shirts", or in this case "green shirts" take one for the team. And it is admittedly humorous to find Saunders, Hanley, or Caje, become ground up chop meat, only to never receive the "million dollar" wound that they so hungered for. Despite these obvious restrictions, in deference to a 1960's television show, you can still maintain a sense of realism and excitement while viewing COMBAT.

Some of the Highlights:

1. another top notch episode, Saunders attempts to get back to his own lines by pretending to be a shell shocked German this one, Saunders is able to see life from the other side, and Bert Freed is excellent as an understanding German Sargent who protects Saunders....another tragic story in the making....
2. The Hard Way Back....Sal Mineo guest stars as a cowardly soldier who abandons a trapped Saunders and tells everyone the Sarge is dead....Sal Mineo obviously excels....
3. The Cassock.....
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By pinxet on April 9, 2005
Even when I was a 10 year old watching the original Combat! series each Tuesday night, the screenplay writing and abilities of the actors to fulfill the potential of that writing outweighed any of my childhood draw towards simple action/adventure.

Watching these episodes today at age 50, I find that memory has not deluded me with nostolgic overestimation. This is among the most beautiful of dramatic TV writing, born from the tail end of an age known for great scripts. As I remember the series (Season IV has not yet been released as I post this review), this season presented the audience the series at the top of its game -- with the most memorable episodes contained on the Season III Operation II disk set.

I encourage you to not watch this series in the same way you watch contemporary TV drama -- I think of shows like Hill Street Blues or E.R. in this context -- where there's emphatic continuity and developing stories from week to week and year to year.
Viewing Combat! as a body of work through successive episodes requires some minor suspension of disbelief from modern viewers. The stories represent less of typical days in the lives of grunts slugging it out in the hedgerows, and rather more of the strange offbeat happenings possible in a war. You'll also need to ignore the fact that Sgt. Saunders earns himself a score of Purple Hearts each season.
Watch each episode in isolation without reference to previous events, and the fruits you receive will be a collection of crisp short stories -- dramatic vignettes which, even on the writer's bad days, nonetheless exhibited notable craftsmanship and skill.

Although I'm unable to confirm this with any authority of knowledge, I should mention that I'm suspicious of the physical quality of the DVD disks in the Combat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry Brewer on October 7, 2008
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This set of Combat! is the last outstanding set. Season four is good but the quality begins to drop off. Combat! had been a successful series for ABC, something they didn't have much of in the sixties. But success for Combat! was something that led to its demise. It began when the actors wanted pay increases, which they got. The costs of special effects was increasing as was everything else. In order to maintain the budget other areas had to take cuts. These cuts came from the writers, the directors & the quality of guest stars, i.e., guest stars that were fairly established in the business with name recognition.

"Birthday Cake" has some comical moments. Littlejohn (Dick Peabody) is the center of the story. He receives a birthday cake & it creates a lot of problems for the squad. "The Cassock" has James Whitmore as the guest star. He's a German officer trapped in a small French town. He ends up masquerading as a priest in order to remain free. As his movements are less restricted he attempts to set off charges he has set in order to slow the Allies advance. "The Town That Went Away" is a comedy relief episode that features Jay Novello. In this episode the French townspeople have changed the direction signs that lead to their town.; it leads to some funny moments. "The Convict" has the squad encountering an escaped French convict. "The Steeple" will remind you of an incident from the film The Longest Day. An American paratrooper is hanging from a church steeple in a German occupied town. "Cry in the Ruins" is an excellent episode. A woman's baby has been trapped beneath debris. Both the American & German squads declare an uneasy truth in order to help the woman. "Heritage" has Charles Bronson as the guest star. He's an explosive expert that the squad must escort to his destination.
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