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The Rat Patrol: The Complete Series


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  • Actors: Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden, Lawrence P. Casey, Justin Tarr
  • Writers: Tom Gries
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 1469 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014BQR3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rat Patrol: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Disc 1: Rat Patrol SSN 1 Disc 2: Rat Patrol SSN 1 Disc 3: Rat Patrol SSN 1 Disc 4: Rat Patrol SSN 1 Disc 5: Rat Patrol SSN 2 Disc 6: Rat Patrol SSN 2 Disc 7: Rat Patrol SSN 2

Customer Reviews

This is one of my all time favorite TV shows.
G. Williams
I was really glad to see this complete series for sale.
sunny
The picture quality and the sound is very good.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Peterson on June 7, 2008
Format: DVD
I purchased "The Rat Patrol" for my husband about a week and a half ago. He loved the show when it aired back in the 60's. He is enjoying it just as much now. One thing about these DVD sets - you can watch them at your own pace. I've watched it in bits and pieces and I've enjoyed some of the episodes myself. If you were a fan of the "Rat Patrol" you will definitely enjoy this set! It sure brings back memories! I give it 5 stars!!!!!
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129 of 137 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2009
Format: DVD
For two seasons on ABC, The Rat Patrol gave viewers a thrilling taste of the war in the desert, as an extremely mobile four man team, took on the forces of Germany's Afrika Korps. Flying across the desert sands in jeeps armed with fifty caliber machine guns, the Rat Patrol could strike quickly, and were capable of delivering extreme firepower from almost any angle.

The Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy, would not have been possible without a secure footing in North Africa. But in the grand scheme of World War II, the war in North Africa is often overlooked. The Rat Patrol is the only prime time American series to be set exclusively in the North African theater. Created by Tom Gries, this fast paced, action packed drama, is all about delivering excitement, suspense, and thrills. The Rat Patrol consists of Sergeant Sam Troy (Christopher George), and privates Mark Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) of the US Army, and Sergeant Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) of the British Army, Scots Guard.

The production values of The Rat Patrol are generally outstanding, and some scenes look like they could be from a feature film. In the first season, about half the episodes were filmed in Spain, and featured some spectacular scenes in the desert, and other Spanish locales. The opening title sequence, features some examples, opening with thrilling images of jeeps flying over a sand dune (and a stuntman almost breaking his neck from whiplash), and a tremendous wide aerial shot of the jeeps racing across the desert, all to Dominic Frontiere's magnificent theme music. The episodes shot in Spain were quite special, but production costs apparently caused the program to be relocated to America.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mike Silverman on March 4, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good Stuff, well worth watching. The series starts out a little slow but picks up speed by the third episode. The stories are excellent, dramatic, exciting. Although..., some of the action is a little too unrealistic to believe. German guards and soldiers occasionally fall down a little too easily. Also, the scoring seems a little too upbeat and cheerful at times considering the circumstances of the war.

The characters are excellent, very well portrayed, you grow to care about what happens to them as individuals in the course of the series, particularly Seargents Troy and Moffit. Dietrich, the Captain commanding the German forces in the area seems at times to be a little too easily duped to be in charge of all the artillery and vehicles and troops that he handles. But the doubtful spots seem to get ironed out as the series progresses. The episodes become better with more thought given to how things might have really played out, and given the half-hour format the show does a remarkable job of presenting a full mission story in that limited time frame.

Some of the best episodes are directed individually by John Peyser and Sutton Roley both who also directed various episodes of the Combat! series. In fact if you have not watched the "Combat!" series already I recommed getting that one first, every episode of it is a five star production and there were a long line of very famous guest stars. Follow up that series with this one. Together they provide the best collection of high action WWII televsion series dramas produced in retro era TV.

The disks worked well , except for one disk which had a vibration problem, it would not align correctly in the player and caused a slight buzzing , although it corrected itself during actual play of the episode.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Benjammin' on June 11, 2008
Format: DVD
Something to bring back memeries of when I was a kid. Just as I remember. If you liked it then you will like it now!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Towe on October 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I just completed watching the series and what fun it was to share with my son the series I watched when I was his age. I had certain nostalgic flashbacks while watching the shows and my son learned more about his old man growing up. My son was quick to ask how a machine gun could fire when the bore was plugged or how Troy's 45 was a BB gun with a small bore showing. I think he was so lost in the details he missed the plot.

For you older guys the set was a lot of fun. For you youngsters it's great acting and drama without the gore. A must see on cold winter nights.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kvnj on December 22, 2008
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I'm sure many would consider this a little hokey and outdated, and it probably is, but I still find it rather refreshing. In the absence of big budgets and lots of special effects, the series has to rely more upon classic story-telling elements, so the writing is engaging and the characters are intrinsically interesting. Despite the time period in which this was produced, neither the Allies nor the Germans are depicted as purely good or evil - the American "good guys" make occasional mistakes; the German "bad guy," Hauptmann Dietrich, is clever, resourceful, and imbued with integrity, compassion, and mercy, really a rather likable fellow. Another refreshing twist is that the series employs actors with native speaking ability in the languages being used: the Germans are played by German actors who speak perfect German, the Arabs speak flawless Arabic, the Italians speak Italian, etc.. Seeing the war in Africa through the eyes of two jeep crews lends a different perspective than one commonly gets in the big war movies. The episodes are short, only 30 minutes, which keeps the vignettes to a short duration and a rapid pace, and it requires no great commitment of time to watch an episode of two. Again, this is not Shakespeare, but it's a fun and entertaining series for what it is.
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