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Battleground

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forget the movie I am proud of these boys!

    Yes Ive see this move a few times because I do own it. Yes its the true story of the 101st Airborne done in less than 2 hours, but I did love Band of Brothers also and I own that one. This movie is great because it wasnt a glorified account with romance big names and done with a high budjet. Think about this, look into the story that happened behind the scenes look at the awards that this movie won

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful, stirring flick deflates the romanticism of war!

    'Battleground' is the all-star grim depiction of an Allied offensive in the Ardennes forest during WWII. It's remarkably hard edged by 1949 standards - a tribute to the tough, hard-hitting directorial style of director, William A. Wellman. Starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, Scotty Beckett and John Hodiak the on camera camaraderie amongst the men seems genuine, in part because Wellman insisted that his actors train with real soldiers to fully appreciate their brief tenure in military service. MGM refrigerated a cyclorama built inside one of their sound stages to recreate the unsettling and terribly cold atmosphere of winter. This is a top flight, ensemble war drama that engrosses and entertains. Oscars given for screenplay and cinematography. Warner gives us a much improved transfer from previously available versions. The gray scale is nicely balanced. Blacks are generally solid. Some scenes have a bit more film grain and grit that one would like to see, but over all the image quality is very smooth and consistent. While previously issued versions of this film suffered from a misregistration - resulting in ghostly halos around objects and a general blurring of the image quality, this DVD is remarkably solid and sharp. Edge enhancement crops up but is minimal. Pixelization is also present but only marginally. The audio is MONO but very nicely remastered. 'Battleground' is one of the best war dramas ever made. It is tops in action, establishing taut tension, providing serious storytelling and detailed character development, and truthfully - how many of the more recent war films (Peal Harbor, anyone?) can you say that about?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Great War Films

    This film has always been on my Best of Lists. Definitely gritty for it's time and probably one of the first American Films to deal with combat in a realistic way that would set the standard for later war films. Great cast all round. I heard this film was a major influence on Spielburg when he was making 'Saving Private Ryan'. I've been waiting for this DVD release since the format was introduced!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2003

    Father in Famous Movie

    Of course I am partial to this movie because my father was in it. The 82nd Airborne Division from Ft. Bragg, N.C. was sent to Hollywood to star in the movie. Watching the film I could even see my father and uncle. What a great feeling and a great time for history!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Similar to Band Of Brother's

    Battleground dipicts the 101st airbourne's ''battle of the buldge'' experience as accurate and as similar as the recent mini-series Band of Brother's. If you liked Band of Brother's you'll enjoy this movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Battle of The Bulge

    The army unit that I was in from 1966 to 1968 had received a Presidential Unit Citation for service during the Battle of the Bulge. I wore that unit citation on my uniform during my time of service; but, I did not fully appreciate what the members of that unit went through until I saw this movie. The cinematography is great and the Oscars that were awarded for this film were deserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Let us never forget

    This movie gives a good synopsis of what the 101st Airborne went through during the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. As that generation dies out we younger people need to remember the pride these soldiers had and the hell they went through to help win the war in Europe against one of the most notorious villians in the world. My father served in the Army during WW2, and was in Bastogne the week before it was surrounded by the Germans. I am a proud American and fully support our troops. After all the men serving today are just like the men that served in WW2 and their sacrifices help us to be free.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Heroes

    This film has beenone of my favorites since I was a kid. I chose the headline "Heroes" becausse it is the subject of this film.

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