Too Late the Hero

Too Late the Hero

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Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Henry Fonda

     
 

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MGM has given Too Late The Hero a solid if basic treatment on disc with this DVD. The transfer is presented in a widescreen, anamorphic format that offers rich colors (particularly the jungle greens) and strong detail. The one quibble with this transfer is that it presents the film in a 1.78:1 ratio when the full ratio of the film is 2.00:1 (a similar thing hasSee more details below

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MGM has given Too Late The Hero a solid if basic treatment on disc with this DVD. The transfer is presented in a widescreen, anamorphic format that offers rich colors (particularly the jungle greens) and strong detail. The one quibble with this transfer is that it presents the film in a 1.78:1 ratio when the full ratio of the film is 2.00:1 (a similar thing has happened with DVD editions of The Dirty Dozen). The mono sound is clear, with some surprisingly vivid sound effects for a non-stereo soundtrack. Extras are a limited to a single trailer. That's a shame because it would have been interesting to learn more about how this very anti-war production was received when it was released in the middle of the Vietnam War. Overall, this disc of Too Late The Hero is a decent one for its price despite the sparse extras and slightly cropped image and is likely to interest war movie fans.

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On the surface, Too Late The Hero seems like a conventional war movie: there's a motley gang of soldier heroes, an impossible mission and plenty of tense action. That said, director and co-writer Robert Aldrich handles the material in a way that ensures Too Late The Hero never comfortably fits into the tradition of wartime derring-do. The story takes great pains to show that the soldiers' mission is a pointless one and that there are good and bad soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Thankfully, Aldrich and company put across their cynical message in an exciting manner: the film is full of taut, suspenseful action setpieces and the run-for-cover finale is a genuine nail-biter. Too Late The Hero also benefits from excellent performances: Cliff Robertson and Michael Caine are charmingly anti-authoritarian as the film's pair of rebellious heroes while Denholm Elliott registers strongly as a leader who hangs on to formalities in the face of madness. Ken Takakura is equally worthy of note as the Japanese leader, bringing a sense of dignity and honor to the role that helps to humanize his position as the 'enemy.' In the end, Too Late The Hero manages to maintain its anti-war agenda while still delivering plenty of excitement and this makes it an interesting bridge between the traditional war films that preceded it and the critical-minded war films that would come out after the Vietnam War.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0027616905833
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Pvt. Tosh Hearne
Cliff Robertson Lt. Lawson
Henry Fonda Capt. Nolan
Ian Bannen Pvt. Thornton
Harry Andrews Lt. Col. Thompson
Denholm Elliott Capt. Hornsby
Ronald Fraser Pvt. Campbell
Lance Percival Corporal McLean
Percy Herbert Sgt. Johnstone
Michael Parsons Pvt. Rafferty
Harvey Jason Scott
William Beckley Private Currie
Don Knight Private Connolly
Sean MacDuff Pvt. Rogers
Roger Newman Private Riddle
Ken Takakura Maj. Yamaguchi
Sam Kydd Sgt. -Major
Marlin Horsey Pvt. Griffiths
Patrick Jordan Sgt. Major
Frank Webb Ensign

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Joseph Harrison Editor
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
Charles James Costumes/Costume Designer
John Brown Set Decoration/Design
Michael Luciano Editor
Henry Millar Special Effects
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Sherman Original Story
Jack Stone Makeup
William Turner Makeup
James D. Vance Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/A Job [:09]
2. British Camp [10:17]
3. Danger Zone [10:06]
4. The Mission [2:32]
5. Crossed Paths [9:45]
6. Trouble at the Tower [8:16]
7. Disssension in the Ranks [10:51]
8. Broken Radio [6:09]
9. Enemy Base [2:14]
10. Secret Air Force [5:35]
11. An Officer [3:38]
12. Division [8:59]
13. At Odds [3:34]
14. Agreement [13:21]
15. "You Zig, I'll Zag" [6:51]
16. Hero/End Credits [12:29]

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