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MGM has done a decent if uninspired job with this disc of Beach Red. The video transfer is the best part, offering a handsome-looking letterboxed image that capture the film's jungle-set visual textures with plenty of depth in both color and clarity. Unfortunately, they neglected to give it anamorphic enhancement for widescreen televisions. The mono soundtrack sounds a bit low but boosting the volume reduces this problem. The only extra offered on the disc is the film's powerful theatrical trailer. It's unfortunate that a film this influential didn't receive a featurette about the directing career of Cornel Wilde or a commentary track from one of the film's many filmmaker fans (Oliver Stone is a good example of someone who has admitted to being influenced by Beach Red). That said, this disc offers a solid-looking version of Beach Red despite its lack of anamorphic enhancement and is thus worthwhile for any interested viewers.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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This often-overlooked war movie remains a powerful experience despite a few flaws. Beach Red is pretty gripping throughout, thanks to its immediacy: director/star Cornel Wilde does an impressive job of making the viewer feeling like they are inside the middle of the battle by capturing the action with an effective mix of handheld camerawork and jittery editing that cuts in flashbacks and flash-forwards to create a disorienting mood. Beach Red is also unique amongst war films of its era for portraying both sides of the conflict as decent human beings and also depicting the violence of the battles in a gruesome, deglamorized style (these elements would make the film an influence on later films like Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line). Unfortunately, Beach Red suffers from some flaws when it steps away from the battlefield: the flashbacks to the American soldiers' home lives are often clumsy and forced and the narration and between-battle scenes between the soldiers have a similarly well-meaning yet often awkward feel. That said, Wilde's technique has an undeniable raw power that keeps the film going past these rough spots, building to an ending that is heart-wrenching in a way that war films rarely are. Wilde also turns in a solid performance as the captain who acts as the moral compass for his platoon and his work is supported by strong character work from Rip Torn as a grizzled, bloodthirsty sergeant and Burr DeBenning as a country-boy soldier who's just trying to make it home alive. All in all, Beach Red overcomes its problems to stake its claim as a groundbreaking entry in the war film genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • UPC: 027616921673
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cornel Wilde Capt. MacDonald
Rip Torn Sgt. Honeywell
Burr de Benning Egan
Patrick Wolfe Cliff
Jean Wallace Julie MacDonald
Jaime Sanchez Colombo
Genki Koyama Col. Sugiyama
Gene Blakely Goldberg
Fred Galang Lieutenant Domingo
Linda Albertano Tall Girl
Jan Garrison Susie
Dale Ishimoto Capt. Tanaka
Norman Pale Nikato
Dewey Stinger III Mouse
Michael Parsons Sgt. Lindstrom
Charles Weaver
John Allen
Bill Dunbar Squad soldier Pvt Bill
Technical Credits
Cornel Wilde Director, Producer
Antonio Buenaventura Score Composer
Cecil Cooney Cinematographer
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Clint Johnston Screenwriter
Frank Keller Editor
Jefferson Pascal Screenwriter
Don Peters Screenwriter
Paul Pollard Special Effects
Neville Smallwood Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Beach Red: Side A, Widescreen
1. Main Title [4:03]
2. Fear [2:57]
3. Boat Ride Over [6:31]
4. Invasion [9:12]
5. Crossfire [8:49]
6. Rice Paddies [12:02]
7. Into the Jungle [2:48]
8. Personal Accounts [9:35]
9. Taking Prisoners [2:11]
10. Those Left Behind [3:54]
11. Misfires [3:47]
12. Big Girl [3:15]
13. Jungle Threats [7:49]
14. New Command [1:30]
15. Chumps & Heroes [7:29]
16. Julie [1:55]
17. Grave Discovery [3:37]
18. Attack [4:54]
19. Enemies [4:16]
20. Saved/End [3:03]
Side #2 -- Beach Red: Side B, Pan and Scan
1. Main Title [4:03]
2. Fear [2:57]
3. Boat Ride Over [6:31]
4. Invasion [9:12]
5. Crossfire [8:49]
6. Rice Paddies [12:02]
7. Into the Jungle [2:48]
8. Personal Accounts [9:35]
9. Taking Prisoners [2:11]
10. Those Left Behind [3:54]
11. Misfires [3:47]
12. Big Girl [3:15]
13. Jungle Threats [7:49]
14. New Command [1:30]
15. Chumps & Heroes [7:29]
16. Julie [1:55]
17. Grave Discovery [3:37]
18. Attack [4:54]
19. Enemies [4:16]
20. Saved/End [3:03]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Beach Red: Side A, Widescreen
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Side #2 -- Beach Red: Side B, Pan and Scan
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worthwhile

    I just bought this on a whim. What caught my attention was the fact that Wilde produced and directed this, like his classic "Naked Prey". I wondered why I hadn't seen this old movie on TV before. After watching it, I knew why. The battle scenes were filled with gore and the flashbacks were filled with sex. Although both are mild compared to today's standards, I'm sure at the time this stuff was considered extreme. I found the story compelling and its character portrayals realistic. I think Spielberg ripped this movie off. I liked it!

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