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on August 8, 2016
A dedicated group of professionals restored this badly cut film to a version that Fuller wanted. This is a "chamber" war story with a focus on character interactions and details rather than a a collection of sweeping battle scenes.
This is not poignant and humanistic film that is :All Quiet on the Western Front" but memorable in its own way.
The extra features are quite interesting as well with discussions of what was required to include the missing portions pf the film. Fuller and Marvin were not alive for the restoration interviews but their personalities enhance the flavor of the extras.
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on May 1, 2016
I have always considered this a good movie, but it was too picaresque. The shorter cut lacks a central theme, and the movie suffers. This longer cut adds in that theme, and viscerally. It promotes this from good war movie to great human war story. The only version I will ever watch again.

As well, it allows Lee Marvin the space to turn in the greatest performance of his career as he embodies that theme, "the only glory in war is surviving."
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on March 22, 2016
Samuel Fuller (Army) and Lee Marvin (Marine) fought in WWII, so this film has an authentic feel that only first hand experience can bring. Lee Marvin's performance is exceptional and the rest of the cast is superb, especially Mark Hamill. There are images that only someone who has fought in a war could create: Soldiers marching on a freezing, snowy road but then occasionally Samuel Fuller will cut to a beautiful rabbit or a deer, which is what soldiers saw while marching. In a few moments Fuller masterfully describes his theme: He shows us a gorgeous, peaceful Earth on the one hand, and the pointless wars men make on it on the other.
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on October 1, 2016
This war film is about how a small group of GIs survive the horrors of action during their various locations in the European and African theatres of war as their comrades come and go (usually in body bags). They are held together by their sergeant played by Lee marvin a survivor from World War 1 who harbours a dark secret in killing a surrendering German soldier after the ending of the war. This scenario is played out against World War 2. Includes the restored version of the film which includes elements deleted from the theatrical release.
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on May 12, 2014
Theatrical Movie has been restored in HD. Sharp, Clean Picture....Much better compared to old DVD. Reconstruction Version is in Standard Definition. I had never seen the Reconstruction Version, this was done long after the director, Samuel Fuller died. That version is difficult to follow and at times, didn't make any sense, doesn't flow well at all. Editing is poor as well. I could have definitely gone an entire lifetime without seeing Lee Marvin approached by the homosexual German doctor....(shudders)...Overall, Original Theatrical Blu-Ray movie is Great.... Reconstruction Version you may watch just Once, you can live without it just fine.
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on December 30, 2013
This was my favorite boyhood WW2 from the past and was glad to see an additional 47 minutes of never before seen footage added to the film. It was sharp and clear, because it was digitally restored, and it featured originally deleted scenes, such as "Arab Fighters in the desert cutting the ears off dead soldiers" and other lengthy battle scenes, with tons of explosions, squad rifle action, and more, a treasure for the 80s era WW2 Hollywood Movie Buffs. You will not be disappointed. Features 2 DVDs: Disc 1 has the long reconstructed movie. Disc 2 has alternate scenes, and commentary on restoring the movie, a documentary entitled "The Real Glory" Reconstructing the Big Red One, a War Department Film "The Fighting First", 1980 Promo Reel, Theatrical Trailer, Radio Spots, and lastly, the 2004 Reconstruction Trailer-Stills Gallery. Also priced just right $.

Specs: 162 Minutes, Widescreen, Digitally Remastered Movie with Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Made in 2004, includes 2 DVDs. Warner Bros.
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on October 1, 2013
This is a great "reconstruction" of a great movie. If you like this movie or have the original version, upgrade your collection with this one. The reconstructed version adds several scenes that most of us had never seen before, and adds length to other scenes which makes them a lot more in-depth. After adding this version to my DVD collection, the original version will never be seen again in my house. The only "con" to this movie at all (in general), is that Hollywood went cheap in the production and used surplus US vehicles to portray the German vehicles (tanks, halftracks, etc.). However, only a real military movie nit-picker (like me) will pay any real attention to them, and they don't detract from the movie's watch-ability or value. Overall, this is a 9.8 on a 10 scale. Add the reconstructed version to your collection. You won't be disappointed.
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on August 31, 2013
Samuel Fuller knew what he was doing, and it's a shame that he couldn't have made the movie he wanted to make, with so much cut from the theatrically-released version that it must've been semi-incoherent. Fortunately, the reconstruction restores some magnificent material, and it's never maudlin, never overly heroic or patriotic, it's just plain and simple journalism, showing the war in moments of tragedy, stupidity, hilarity and the bravery in pushing forward and fighting. Lee Marvin is perfect, and the rest of the cast is just as good, even when the running time stretches to almost three hours. A film truly ahead of its time, and the best one yet made on America in World War II (though certain episodes of BAND OF BROTHERS, particularly the "Replacements" and "Why We Fight" episodes, come close...probably because they're the most Fulleresque of the bunch.)
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on November 12, 2016
Great movie. This is a war movie made when Hollywood made movies still, not all these movies trying to be imperfect to make it seem more real to the viewer. I like Movies shows where you escape while watching it. This movie is like that
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on February 27, 2017
An excellent movie, probably the most realistic ever made, without being unduly gory. This surely is one of Lee Marvin's best roles, and he handled it magnificently. All the rest of the cast also were marvelous. Great script, fine direction, beautifully filmed, absolutely top-notch all the way around. If some youngster in your family has dreams of enlisting, have them watch this first.
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