The Rat Patrol - The Complete First Season

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The Rat Patrol, created by Tom Gries, originally ran for two seasons on the ABC network. The half-hour series starred Christopher George as Sgt. Sam Troy, the commander of a special unit consisting of two armored jeeps, usually operating behind enemy lines in the North African desert. The four-man cast, including Gary Raymond, Lawrence Casey, and Justin Tarr, was augmented by the frequent reappearance of Hans Gudegast aka Eric Braeden playing their most frequent nemesis, Captain Dietrich. Seen today, the action ...
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The Rat Patrol, created by Tom Gries, originally ran for two seasons on the ABC network. The half-hour series starred Christopher George as Sgt. Sam Troy, the commander of a special unit consisting of two armored jeeps, usually operating behind enemy lines in the North African desert. The four-man cast, including Gary Raymond, Lawrence Casey, and Justin Tarr, was augmented by the frequent reappearance of Hans Gudegast aka Eric Braeden playing their most frequent nemesis, Captain Dietrich. Seen today, the action is fast and furious throughout, augmented by Dominic Frontiere's music, which was an extension of a lot of the scoring that he wrote for The Outer Limits made by the same studio, United Artists. The whole series was a production of the Mirisch Brothers, who were responsible for such war and action features as The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, and it offers a level of action and quality that is closer to motion pictures in many ways than to the standard of what we now see as television-scale drama. The casting is frequently excellent, with guests such as Albert Paulsen and Claudine Longet; Skip Homeier also seems to have been the narrator in one multi-part show; and the direction includes a realistic level of violence the incidental cutting of one German soldier's throat with a razor during a fight between two other characters is still pretty amazing to see on a TV show. The film-to-video transfer on this set of 32 episodes is excellent. The series made it to syndication very early and was reshown in major markets well into the 1970s and '80s, but in edited form, and it's great to see it intact again. The cinematography has a real luster here, the full-frame 1.33:1 image filled with color and contrasts, and the sound is good and loud and detailed as well. The Mirisches knew how to spend their money, and it's all to our benefit -- these shows all play like good, tough old-style war movies, with Frontiere's music frequently adding an extra level of class and seriousness. Each 30-minute episode gets three chapters, in matching the main divisions of the action; each of the four discs opens on an easy-to-use main menu; and there's a bonus "dossier" in print giving details of the players' careers and their characters.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes collectible dossier
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although it came at the tail end of a cycle of World War II-themed TV shows, The Rat Patrol is more fondly remembered than most of its predecessors, and not without good reason. Set in North Africa, where Allied forces waged a lengthy struggle against Field Marshal Rommel's Afrika Corps, the series focused on a four-man commando team, the Rat Patrol, working under the auspices of the Long Range Desert Group. The series pilot, "The Chase of Fire Raid" each episode has the word "raid" in its title, showed Sergeant Sam Troy Christopher George and Privates Mark Hitchcock Lawrence Casey and Tully Pettigrew Justin Tarr of the U.S. Army joining forces with British Sergeant Jack Moffitt Gary Raymond in an attempt to find and destroy a cache of German ammunition and fuel hidden at an oasis. Their chief opponent in this and most episodes is Captain Dietrich The Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden, billed as Hans Gudegast, who over the course of the series comes to respect his fast-moving, quick-striking adversaries. Other highlights in the 30 episodes of the 1966-67 season include "The Fatal Chase Raid," starring future Love Boat star Gavin MacLeod as crafty, cowardly Sergeant Archie Gribs; "The B-Negative Raid," in which Troy infiltrates a German field camp to steal blood for the badly wounded Moffitt; and "The Bring 'Em Back Alive Raid," which finds Troy, in possession of a German scientist, negotiating with Dietrich for the lives of his captured comrades. Well produced and crammed with action, The Rat Patrol delighted late-'60s viewers and holds up surprisingly well four decades after it premiered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • UPC: 027616133045
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 13:27:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- Rat Patrol: The Complete First Season
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   Episode Selections
      The Chase of Fire Raid
      The Life Against Death Raid
      The Wildest Raid of All
      The Kill or be Killed Raid
      The Chain of Death Raid
      The Do or Die Raid
      The Blind Man's Bluff Raid
      The Fatal Chase Raid
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
Disc #2 -- Rat Patrol: The Complete First Season
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   Episode Selection
      The Blow Sky High Raid
      The Moment of Truce Raid
      The Deadly Double Raid
      The Gun Runner Raid
      The Lighthouse Raid
      The Dare-Devil Rescue Raid
      The Last Harbor Raid - Episode 1
      The Last Harbor Raid - Episode 2
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
Disc #3 -- Rat Patrol: The Complete First Season
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      The Last Harbor Raid - Episode III
      The One That Got Away Raid
      Two For One Raid
      The Last Chance Raid
      The B Negative Raid
      The Exhibit A Raid
      The Holy War Raid
      Two Against Time Road
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
Disc #4 -- Rat Patrol: The Complete First Season
   Play All Episodes
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Episode Selections
      The Wild Goose Raid
      The Bring 'Em Back Alive Raid
      Take Me To Your Leader Raid
      The Double or Nothing Raid
      The Hour Glass Raid
      Mask-A-Raid
      The Fire and Brimstone Raid
      The Delilah Raid
   Previews
      The Best of WWII Movies
      The Great Escape Collector's Edition
      The Bridge on the River KWAI
      The Guns of Navarone
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go, Rat Patrol

    I saw the DVD at the store and I almost pastout. I was glue to the TV in 1977. The best love the storys. Know I need the greenhornet on DVD and I will be set. please do someting about it BN...

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