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Combat!: Season 5

4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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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 COMBAT!: SEASON 5: INVASION 1: The Gun, The Losers, Chapel at Able-Five, The Letter, Conflict, A Child's Game, The Brothers, The Furlough, Cry for Help, Ollie Joe, Gadjo, Headcount, Anniversary. COMBAT!: SEASON 5: INVASION 2: The Outsider, Nightmare on the Red Bull Run, Gulliver, Decision, The Gantlet, Entombed, The Bankroll, The Masquers, Encounter, A Little Jazz, The Partisan, Jonah.

Special Features

  • Photo Gallery

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan, Dick Peabody
    • Directors: Bernard McEveety, Georg Fenady, Michael Caffey
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 8
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
    • Run Time: 1275 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00CPTUMY8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By A Customer on December 28, 2013
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    If you have seen Combat when it was on television, then I actually need say no more. This 5th Season set is in color. Too bad the others were not, but the black-and-white ones are just as good in reality. The main cast is five soldiers who are in the European Theater of WWII. It is so well done that it has been recognized as one of the best series on television. Vic Morrow is excellent as the Sargent who commands the others most of the time. While he speaks his role, it is a joy to "read his face" at times when he does not speak, but you, as the viewer" know what he is thinking. It is classic, as is the whole series from volume one through to volume 5. If you are new to Combat, it is very low on "blood and guts" unlike what is to be found in todays TV and films - it has meaningful content and will focus and lock your attention through each episode - that I can promise!
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    I like more story content than embellishment of this series. I don't really have a preference of b & w over color. Season 5 dvds are very clear, the color realistic and audio was crisp. The extra notes and commentary, etc. are very interesting and alert the viewer to watch for discrepancies the next time the discs are viewed; the bloopers and misses don't really take away from the story lines, rather they show how much attention or lack or attention was paid to details by producers. I like the fact that the episodes are self contained and not ongoing plot lines invloving regular cast members. You can select an individual story and not worry about what happened leading up to the episode. Having a completely season in one box is preferable to having to deal with half season offerings. The big minus is lack of a definitive index of episodes on the box jacket or on the discs themselves.
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    Combat Season 5 was the last season of the series from ABC and the only one in Color. Guest stars this season were, Bill Bixby, Claude Akins, Fernando Lamas(father of actor Lorenzo Lamas), Ted Knight, Fritz Weaver, Peter Haskell, Randy Boone, William Schallert, Mike Farrell, Robert Duvall, Ricardo Montalban, Telly Savalas, James MacArthur(of Hawaii 5-O), Tom Skerritt, Gavin McLeod, Dennis Hopper, Noah Beery(of Rockford Files), Claudine Longet, and William Campbell(of Star Trek). Combat shows WW2 in France from the infantry soldiers perspective. Combat shows war in a masculine, realistic, uncompromising, tough, graphic(for 1960s television), but also patriotic way, something that Hollywood would probably not be able to replicate today in our politically correct society. Most episodes are action packed and the addition of color gives this season the sense that you are watching a movie instead of a TV series. There are extra features: Audio Commentaries, Photo Galleries, and a couple of extras about the switch to Color.
    The DVD packaging is not that good. Combat season 5 was originally split into 2 releases on DVD, Combat Season 5 Invasion 1 (4 DVDs) , and Combat Season 5 Invasion 2 (4 DVDs) in 2005 by Image Entertainment. In 2013 Image Entertainment Re-released Combat season 5 in one release titled Combat The Complete Fifth Season, with 8 DVDs. This release is exactly the same as the 2005 season 5 release, in fact Image Entertainment didn't bother renaming the individual DVDs, they still say Combat Season 5 Invasion 1 etc instead of The Complete Fifth Season on the menu screen. Also the episodes are not in Broadcast order and there is no episode guide. This is annoying as it wouldn't have cost Image very much to include this on the packaging.
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    I purchased the 5th season of Combat because I had thoroughly enjoyed the other seasons. I have not been disappointed in any of the Combat DVDs. Combat along with many other shows of the 60s help make the "Golden Age" of television.
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    WONDERFUL! We got two of the series but I believe this is the one that is in color. That's cool when you are used to watching Saunders and the Lt. in black and white and suddenly get to view the color version. :)
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    Combat is a great show and love it . This was the final season in color and the weakest . They seem to have a New channel ( moved from ABC to CBS )and a new producer for this season . I rented this season from the library and glad I did . There's only a handful of episodes that are very good , they do seem to give Kirby and Little John more screen time in this season but none on Caje which is missed . They repackaged these seasons a few years ago which is good in one way , but no episode guide, so You don't know what's on each disc and also no CC either. In this season also they seem to film at different places than the past filming at State Parks with more money in the budget as well , but times were changing with the Viet Nam war and the war on violence on TV , there's more dialogue than action in this season . To Me Combat should had stayed in Black and White , it gave it that WW-2 feel that so many films did .Combat still is the longest running WW-2 series ever on TV and was the best .
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    This the first season for color, and Combat fans are split on whether they prefer this or b/w. The disks are quality, but I agree with a previous review that noted that not having the episodes in broadcast order on the disks is weird, but not critical. As for the season itself, it was the last season for the series and, as explained in the "behind the scenes" feature, some of the financial and operational happenings on the show start to show up. Rick Jason and Vic Morrow both demanded significant raises for Season 5 ($10,000 per episode each was big money in mid-60's). Apparently to save money, the two are rarely in the same episode, and the other original regulars -- Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan, Conlan Carter, Dick Peabody -- appearances become more sporadic, and William Bryant emerges as a new (and presumably cheaper) regular as Pvt. McCall. They also moved a lot of shooting from the MGM lot to the CBS sound studios which -- in color -- starts to look chintzy, and also Franklin canyon, where they seem to end up in the same drainage ditch attacking the same building episode after episode.
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