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Combat - Season 5 Invasion 1

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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.

Special Features

  • 13 Episodes
  • Audio Commentary by Warren Stevens and Conlan Carter
  • Photo Gallery
  • Notes, Oddities and Bloopers

Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Jason, Vic Morrow, Dean Stockwell, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert
  • Directors: Bernard McEveety, Boris Sagal, Burt Kennedy, Byron Paul, Georg Fenady
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S2KCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Combat - Season 5 Invasion 1" on IMDb

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Schoditsch on May 15, 2006
The most obvious change here in Season 5 was the switch to color film. I won't say that the show is diminished by this move but it really is different. A great comparison is the one experimental color episode of Perry Mason, which BTW just didn't work. The same effect happened with "The Fugitive" which also moved to color in it's final season and experienced the same apparent decline.

With the pallette change and a reduction of episodes produced (25), the show just feels so different with our attention now focused more on the visual rather than the expressive aspects. Even Saunder's broad range of facial expressions emoting a vast repertoire of emotions is different; not bad, just not the same.

As I am a strong opponent of "colorization" of B&W movies and TV shows, I almost would reverse myself this one time and have this season "grayscaled".

But regardless of my opinions on color, Combat! stills stands head above ANY TV show ever produced and ALL five seasons hold their own. I heartily recommend the complete 5 season set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Appel on October 18, 2006
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While the fifth season still had excellent episodes and the DVD quality and extras of the fifth season are all great, the big change was the series went from black and white to color. I saw these episodes back in the 1960's when I was a kid and even though I saw the fifth season back then, we didn't have a color tv set so when I watched these DVD's it was the first time I saw these episodes in color. It was a real treat to see them in color, but it gives the show a very different feel. Since I grew up watching the original episodes in B&W and since news coverage of wars was all in B&W when I was a kid, I guess the black and white episodes just seemed more real to me, and I do prefer seeing COMBAT! in black and white. However, my 11 year old boy who loves war games on his Playstation and computer, loves watching COMBAT! on dvd with me and really enjoyed the color episodes more than the black and white. I guess it's just what you're used to. He grew up with color, so when he wants to watch a Combat! episode with me, he always goes for the fifth season. Color or black and white, you can't go wrong with these great episodes and a great DVD release that does the series justice.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T Man on September 27, 2005
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Own all five seasons and hated to see it end.Combat was still rolling along when it was suddenly cancelled.Many blamed the
color version of season five helped kill the show,but that is
far from the truth.Season Five is/was terrific as well as the
first four.From what i understand,the producers back in the
60's wanted to get the show to syndication as quickly as possible
and thus the reason for cancelling.....more money!Today its just
the opposite,keep the show running to make more money.I am glad
i purchased this complete series,the only drawback was the time-
compressed issues of the first 4 seasons.Image claimed that
these time-compressed versions produced the best possible picture
quality and couldnt get hold of the original.I hope that this is
true,but wonder - how did they find Season Five?Also heard that
the entire series is going to be released in December in one
complete box package,better not be non-time compressed or i will
not be a happy camper!
To the person below - Time compressed basically is this:
The show (film)s speed is increased so more commercials can
be squeezed in once a show hits syndication.There isnt any
cutting or missing footage,however the extra time,say 2 or
3 minutes for commercials is made up by the films speed.The
film runs faster,usually barely noticed by the human eye,but
careful study you can sometimes see a slight difference
in lip sync to the words.In combat,its not all that noticeable
in most episodes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on March 13, 2010
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Season 5 of Combat was the series first in color. Some preferred the first four black and white seasons feeling the black and white gave it a more gritty, newsreel feel. I liked the black and white and the color. I much preferred the color of the 1960s series I loved to the color we see on TV today. Many series that started in black and white switched to color during this period, among them "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "The Wild Wild West," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Lost in Space," "Gunsmoke," "The Fugitive," etc. All I can say is that the color episodes were a lot more enjoyable to watch.
Combat is easily the most highly-remembered W.W.II series. It premiered on ABC in 1962, the same year as another W.W.II infantry series, the Warner Bros. produced "The Gallant Men." Combat took place in France, "The Gallant Men" in Italy. Yet Combat lasted 5 years, The Gallant Men was cancelled after only one season. I watched both at the time and actually preferred The Gallant Men. Since that time however, I have seen every Combat episode on these sets. I also have managed to collect about half the episodes of The Gallant Men on videotape. I now believe Combat to have been the better show. Combat had more action and one other thing The Gallant Men did not: Vic Morrow. With his distinctive gait and Brando-type demeanor plus his ever-present machine-gun, Morrow was, to Junior High School kids like myself, without a doubt the coolest guy on TV. His loss in that "Twilight Zone" movie fiasco was a tragedy.
Combat had many great and memorable episodes. One, the 2 part Morrow-directed "Hills are for Heroes" (4th. season) was a harrowing experience and is still one of the best episodes of any series that I have ever seen.
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