The Story of G.I. Joe

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Someone at Image Entertainment must have been very taken with The Story of G.I. Joe. In contrast to the company's usual basic DVD release, they've loaded this disc up with handy little extras, in keeping with the importance and vitality of the movie. Directed by William Wellman, The Story of G.I. Joe was one of a pair of World War II war films that actually captured the lot and life of the ordinary infantry soldier (the other, even better, was A Walk in the Sun by Lewis Milestone). Based on the wartime ...
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William 'Billy' Benedict, Barney Noto, Sicily and Italy Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa, William Murphy, John R.... 05/23/2000 DVD Good 1945 Run time: 108. Item may ... show signs of shelf wear. Booklets may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting viewers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Read more Show Less

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Someone at Image Entertainment must have been very taken with The Story of G.I. Joe. In contrast to the company's usual basic DVD release, they've loaded this disc up with handy little extras, in keeping with the importance and vitality of the movie. Directed by William Wellman, The Story of G.I. Joe was one of a pair of World War II war films that actually captured the lot and life of the ordinary infantry soldier (the other, even better, was A Walk in the Sun by Lewis Milestone). Based on the wartime experiences of correspondent Ernie Pyle, the movie seemed a refreshing change from the usual fictional portrayals, although today many of its characterizations seem predictable. The film-to-video transfer is excellent, resulting in a picture that runs circles around the television showings that this reviewer recalls from the 1960s and 1970s, even the night scenes offering rich detail and perfect contrast. The audio has been cleaned up considerably as well, and the DVD is a true rarity -- a '40s independent feature that matches the quality of most of the big studio releases of the same era. The chapter breakdown is sufficient at 18 markers, and while there is no trailer, there's an extended essay on Ernie Pyle and the history of the movie's production, and there's a newsreel excerpt of the real Ernie Pyle interviewing G.I.'s, as well as a photo array of some of Pyle's articles.
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Special Features

Biographical liner notes by James Tobin, author of "Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II"; Archival newsreel footage of the real Ernie Pyle talking with American GIs in Italy; Still gallery of original Ernie Pyle newspaper columns
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • UPC: 014381905823
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burgess Meredith Ernie Pyle
Robert Mitchum Lt. Walker
Chris Cunningham UP
Freddie Steele Sgt. Warnicki
Wally Cassell Private Dondaro
Lucien Hubbard Readers Digest
Jimmy Lloyd Pvt. Spencer
Bill Murphy Private Mew
Jack Reilly Private Murphy
Clete Roberts Blue Net
Michael Browne Sergeant
Dorothy Coonan Nurse
Yolanda Lacca Amelia
William Murphy Pvt. Mew
Tito Renaldo Lopez
Dick Rich Sergeant at Showers
Billy Benedict Whitey
Bill Self Cookie Henderson
Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Louis Applebuam Score Composer
Leopold Atlas Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Lester Cowan Producer
Guy Endore Screenwriter
Louis Forbes Musical Direction/Supervision
David Hall Art Director
Al Joseph Editor
Jack Lawrence Songwriter
Otho Lovering Editor
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Ann Ronell Score Composer, Songwriter
Philip Stevenson Screenwriter
James Sullivan Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Company C - 18th Infantry [5:59]
2. Berlin Jive [5:36]
3. First Blood [3:52]
4. Toward the Unknown [3:30]
5. Baptism of Fire [8:18]
6. Mail Call [6:34]
7. City Under Siege [10:13]
8. Local Heroes [10:43]
9. Murphy's Wedding [3:43]
10. The Monastery [5:05]
11. Replacements [7:01]
12. Four Came Back [5:24]
13. Christmas Turkey [7:57]
14. Ernie and Bill [5:12]
15. "Bomb the Monastery." [5:35]
16. Warnicki's War [2:38]
17. Slugging It Out [2:28]
18. Last Respects [7:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Feature Start
   Special Features
      Newsreel Footage of Ernie Pyle Talking With American G. I.s: Italy During WWII
      Still Gallery of Original 1940s Ernie Pyle Newspaper Columns
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the real g.i.joe

    one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. the first and last time i saw the film i went away knowing that i was at Monte Cassino and felt the horror and sorrow so splendidly portrayed by Mitchum, Cassals& co. While it lacks the special effects that are available to todays filmmakers, Wellman's skillful direction, the remarkable photography, and black&white's ability to cut to the bone, make this one unforgetable. Their portrayals will live with me forever.

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