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Devil's Brigade
     

The Devil's Brigade

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Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards

Cast: Andrew V. McLaglen, William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards

 

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Andrew McLaglen's World War II action combat film The Devil's Brigade comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer.

Overview

Andrew McLaglen's World War II action combat film The Devil's Brigade comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Although this is a bare-bones MGM/UA release, the reasonable list price and the widescreen image make it worthwhile for any genre enthusiast.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
UPC:
0027616875778
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:11:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English mono; Spanish mono; English, French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Cliff Robertson Major Alan Crown
Vincent Edwards Maj. Cliff Bricker
Andrew Prine Pvt. Theodore Ransom
Claude Akins Rockman
Richard Jaeckel Pvt. Omar Greco
Richard Dawson MacDonald
Dana Andrews Brig. Gen. Walter Naylor
Michael Rennie Gen. Mark Clark
Carroll O'Connor Maj.Gen. Hunter
Gretchen Wyler Lady of Joy
Tom Stern Capt. Cardwell
Tom Troupe Manella
Luke Askew Hixon
Bill Fletcher Bronc
Jean-Paul Vignon Henri Laurent
Norman Alden M.P. Lieutenant
Harry Carey Captain Rose
James Craig American Officer
Patric Knowles Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten
David Pritchard Cpl. Coker
Jack Watson Corporal Wilfred Peacock
Jeremy Slate Sgt. Maj. Patrick O'Neill
Paul Busch German Captain
Wilhelm von Homburg Actor
Paul Hornung Lumberjack
Gene Fullmer Bartender
Maggie Thrett Actor
Rita Rogers Actor
Alan Caillou Actor
Hal Needham Actor
Jerry Gatlin Actor
Dick Simmons Actor
Don Megowan Luke Phelan
Alix Talton Actor

Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
William Cartwright Editor
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Julian Ludwig Associate Producer
Terry Morse Asst. Director
Hal Needham Stunts
Alex North Score Composer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
William Roberts Screenwriter
Alfred Sweeney Art Director
David L. Wolper Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Leader [9:06]
2. New Recruits [7:00]
3. Company Formation [9:50]
4. Internal Division [7:00]
5. 30-Mile Hike [8:28]
6. Combat Experience [9:52]
7. Weekend Pass [10:47]
8. Disbanded [9:58]
9. General's Orders [3:52]
10. River Walk [4:14]
11. Taking Prisoners [11:50]
12. "To the Devil" [6:20]
13. Mountainous Mission [13:48]
14. Over the Ridge [8:42]
15. Final Charge [6:30]
16. Legend/End Credits [4:31]

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The Devil's Brigade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Far better than most reviewers claim, The Devil's Brigade is an exciting and engrossing true(albeit, Hollywood's version of the truth) story of the First Special Service Force, an American-Canadian unit in WWII. Much maligned as a Dirty Dozen clone, Devil's Brigade is really a topnotch war flick. Its rousing score, fine performances and grand scale make it worth repeat viewings, and the fact that it's a true story gives it a special appeal. Though not as gritty or subversive as Dozen, it still manages to strike a fine balance between the old Hollywood war epic and the Vietnam-era anti-war film. I personally feel that it was America's growing distaste for war rather than Brigade's similarity to the Dirty Dozen that caused this film to be panned or ignored by critics of its time. Too much flag-waving, ''glory of war'' enthusiasm for the war-weary audiences of the late 60s. A shame, because the Devil's Brigade is a rousing, memorable action epic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1968 film would have done better at the box office if it had been released before ''the Dirty Dozen''. But what most people don't know is, The Dirty Dozen was a made up story, ''Devil's Brigade'' was based on a true story from WW II. Critics said the Devil's Brigade was an immitation of the Dirty Dozen. But after all, isn't immitation the true form of flattery? The film does a great job of telling the true story in a clever way of how the 1st special forces unit during WW II was formed. It shows how people from different backrounds and cultures can learn from eachother and come together in one cohesive, well-oiled unit. The acting is fine all the way through including the comedic moments as well as the cameos by boxer Gene Fulmer, broadcaster Harry Carey, Jr, and football player Paul Hornung. The action is fast-paced and the photography is well done. You get drawn in to the commeradarie of the American and Canadaian unit and when someone gets killed, you shed a tear as if the character was a member of you family. Most of the stars in this film are gone now. William Holden does a great job as Col Fredrick who knew the combat soldier better than the Generals. Cliff Robertson uses all his acting skill as the Canadian senior officer in the unit. And Vince Edwards works well as the American major who learns that fighting together in combat makes breeds unit spirit. It is well written and any movie fan of the war movie jaunre will enjoy this 1968 oldie, but a goodie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For WWII buffs this is very entertaining...has a great cast and the story is actually based on fact! Sometimes it's good to see the old movies! Kind of like "getting back to the basics" ..where the story is actually more important than the special effects! That is not to say that the "special effects" aren't up to par..they are great for the time period that the movie was made.
JCarter More than 1 year ago
Based on true events, but not entirely factual The Devils Brigade is one of those war films you can totally escape the realities of the day. The performances were first rate and the combat scenes were staged well. William Holden gave one of his better performances as the hard commander of a company of American misfits who was later to command a mixture of the best of the Canadian Army as well. Put them together and there are problems. Cliff Robertson was excellent as the Canadian commander with great support from Andrew Prine and Claude Akins.