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* Includes a limited-edition reproduction of the film poster in-pack.
* Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood (60 min. feature available for the first time in U.S.).
* Interview with star Timothy Bottoms.
* Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by films DP, Jules Brenner & Timothy Bottoms.
* Original theatrical trailer.
* Metallica Music video for 'One', featuring footage from the film.
* 1940 Radio adaptation staring James Cagney.
Top Customer Reviews
I was hesitant to watch this film at first because I thought it would be dull to watch a two-hour movie concerning a horribly maimed young man lying in bed. However, due to his unique condition of being connected to this world only through his sense of touch, I found it fascinating how he first struggles to distinguish his dreams from his reality, and after that tries puts his energy toward discerning the passage of time.
The movie includes a number of dream sequences, which to a man deprived of sight, sound, smell and taste, must certainly at least rival anything that happens during his waking hours in importance. The numerous dream sequences serve to explain his past and shed light on his values. Some of them are quite surreal, some are unhappy while some are fairly humorous.
The ending is grim and the man's predicament is left unresolved, which leaves the viewer to fill in some of the blanks, but this invites the viewer to give the movie some thought after seeing it, and I by no means felt that the movie was left so open-ended that I felt like I had been shortchanged.
I strongly recommend this brilliant film even to those people who generally avoid war movies.
I was immediately blown away by the intense imagery of the narrative's storyline. Joe Bonham, an 18-year old soldier, is hit by a bombshell on the last day of WWI, and awakes in a hospital bed horribly deformed. Unable to speak, see, hear, or smell, he gradually learns that his arms and legs have been amputated. As the horror of his situation unfolds in a stream-of-consciousness first person narrative, he slowly realizes that the bomb shell that hit him scooped out his face, leaving a gaping hole where his eyes, ears, nose and mouth used to be. The army doctors automatically assume he is a thoughtless vegetable, and in an experimental effort to see if they can keep someone in his condition alive, he spends the next several years in a hospital bed, well cared-for but practically forgotten. Joe is constantly thinking but unable to communicate.Read more ›
In 1989, the rock group Metallica released a 7 minute video called TWO OF ONE, and it did use clips from this film. This helped to generate more interest in the movie. The cinematography was above average, done by Jules Brenner, nicely blending B&W, sepia, and full color scenes.
We are introduced in the opening scene to a group of doctors discussing a decerebrated patient, a grievously wounded soldier, assumed to be brain dead; incapable of sentience or dreams; just an armless, legless, faceless, totally deaf living chunk of meat with a beating heart and an active colon. But we soon hear the soldier's voice, and realize he is aware of his environment.
Timothy Bottoms, in his film debut, played the young soldier, Joe Bonham. He did an exceptional job with the voice over work, and we get to see him in the flesh in flashbacks; even the moment he crouched in the trenches, readying himself for his rendezvous with the howitzer shell that had his name on it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rescued from obscurity by inclusion in the video of Metallica's 1989 hit single "One," this is a powerful and uncompromising drama about a soldier (Timothy Bottoms) who... Read morePublished 28 days ago by leczorn
I purchased this because I am familiar with the TV version from many years ago and wanted to have this in my DVD collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Raborn
The movie was awesome. In addition to the theatrical feature the dvd included the original video of Metallica's "One."Published 2 months ago by Chris L. Moore
Took interest in this movie when I found out it was the inspiration for Metalica's One video. Good movie!Published 2 months ago by MERC