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Combat - Season 4, Conflict 2

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One of 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 critically acclaimed long-running war drama, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent.Episodes include: The Old Man, The Casket, Good Samaritan, Retribution, The Mockingbird, Hills Are for Heroes: Part 1, Hills Are for Heroes: Part 2, Counterplay, Nothing to Lose, Ask Me No Questions, The Ringer, One at a Time, Gitty, Run, Sheep, Run, The Leader.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Jason, Vic Morrow, Karlheinz Böhm, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert
  • Directors: Alan Crosland Jr., Bernard McEveety, Georg Fenady, James Komack, John Peyser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, 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: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 707 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFY3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Combat - Season 4, Conflict 2" on IMDb

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J P Falcon on April 6, 2005
I reviewed COMBAT SEASON 4 CONFLICT 1 where I highlighted some episodes of the season. I want to devote this review to only one episode, HILLS ARE FOR HEROES, which I consider to be one of the finest war movies ever made!

Hills are for Heroes was a 2 part episode which appeared late in the season. It is directed by Vic Morrow and you see the beginnings of what might have been a fine directing career. The story centers on Hanley (Rick Jason) who is ordered to capture two hills, both of which are guarded by bunkers with heavy machine guns. Each attempt to take the hills results in failure, and Hanley begins to question his own effectiveness and leadership. A wounded Saunders provides the support Hanley so desperately needs. To compound the problem, Kirby becomes the voice of the squad as he argues about the stupidity of their efforts. He becomes the powerful moral center of the piece as the body count continues to rise.

If you are familiar with the film HAMBURGER HILL (made many years later), then you have a firm comparison on how this COMBAT episode is structured. HILLS ARE FOR HEROES foreshadows what will become commonplace in Vietnam, namely, the inanity of war, and the great expense of lives for meaningless territory.

Rick Jason, and especially Jack Hogan, does some of there best work in this episode, no doubt encouraged by Vic Morrow's capable directing hand. Some of the scenes are simply incredible. For example, one of the soldiers is shown dying through his eyes, and everything spins about him in slow motion. This first person account of death brings the point home, and Morrow handles it well. The scenes of the interior of the bunkers, and the German soldier manning the machine gun are shot at menacing angles.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Austra on August 15, 2005
Season 4 is arguably the best of COMBAT!'s five seasons. In Season 4 we find three of the best episodes in the series: The two part "Hills are for Heroes" and "The Leader." The two part episode "Hills are for Heroes" could easily have been a theatrical feature-length film. In another of his directorial efforts, Vic Morrow was able to capture additional emotional dimensions of Lt. Hanley and the rest of the squad.

COMBAT! found its stride during its fourth year. By that time, the stories revolved around the characters rather than adding superfluous misadventures with French resistance and other dramatic vehicles to add fluff to the story. Even though Saunders' squad, and Hanley's platoon, had taken four years to battle their way through France, each episode appears as fresh as if the D-Day invasion had taken place the episode prior.

Earlier I mentioned another great episode, "The Leader" contained in the Season 4 set. For those who have ever been in a leadership position, military or otherwise, "The Leader" encapsulates the leadership challenge when someone is unexpectedly put into a leadership position. In this particular episode, we find that Kirby, normally laziest complainer in the squad, is thrust into a life or death position of authority over his peers. His evolution throughout this episode is common to anyone undertaking the difficult path from supervisor to leader.

Yes, you would not be incorrect in tossing arm chair criticisms at COMBAT! for the non-Norman California countryside, recognizable MGM sets, and un-1944-ish German uniforms. In doing so, remember that this is 1960s television action-adventure at its best. As a kid growing up in the 1960s, COMBAT!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Moss on June 26, 2005
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....people talk about saving private ryan... granted it was a great film.. but combat did the same 40 years ago.. i have all the dvd's so far, and will continue to but them... they're great.............. hopefully garrison's gorrilla's will become available..

do yourself a favor but combat.... you'll be glad you did..
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gunter on June 20, 2005
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As with all the Combat! sets, a fabulous show is ruined by the "time compressed" prints used for these dvds. It`s like listening to a 33 1/3 rpm record at 37 rpm. I hear the 5th season will have correct speed prints. Why not the first 4 seasons Image??
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Clark on July 20, 2005
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This collection includes the two part episode "Hills Are For Heroes", directed by Vic Morrow. Many a "Combat!" purist regard this as one of the finest episodes ever produced. Some of Morrow's camera work has never been equalled in television to this day in my opinion, and others will agree.......
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The final volume of the black & white episodes is this one. This is the last set that anyone needs as season five does a nosedive. There are only 15 episodes in this set. Combat!, like all other television shows, was cutting back in the number of episodes being produced. One of the greatest things about this series was no one ever looked clean or neat. It was war, man, & the producers made it look that way.

"The Old Men" has Simon Oakland as the guest star. Saunders' squad gets three replacements, all of them older than usual. "The Good Samaritan" poses the question: Do you help someone or do you run to survive? It's not that simple though. It's not a question of cowardice or bravery. Marsini (Tom Simcox) earlier had lost a squad when he called radioed for help but Saunders didn't respond because he had orders to protect a bridge but the bridge was never attacked. In this episode both must decide at different times whether to leave the other behind. This is the kind of episode that made Combat! above average. It wasn't just a war show, it was an interesting drama also that asked questions that weren't always easily answered. "Retribution" features Kirby in a prominent role. His sister's fiance has been killed by an SS Colonel & Kirby seeks revenge. "Counterplay" is a suspenseful drama has Saunders' squad escorting a radar expert. They're searching for a German radar site that must be destroyed. But the Frenchman that's guiding them is really an undercover German officer. Those Germans sure are a wily bunch! "Nothing to Lose" features Sal Mineo & Tom Skerritt as guest stars. Vinnick (Mineo) & Burke (Skerritt) don't like the other. Vinnick taunts Burke about being a coward which causes a lot of problems for Saunders.
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