The Dirty Dozen (Special Edition) (2-DVD)

Train them! Excite them! Arm them!...Then turn them loose on the Nazis!
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 23, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.77
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette:
      1. "Operation Dirty Dozen"
      2. "Armed and Deadly: The Making of The Dirty Dozen"
      3. "The Filthy Thirteen: The Story of the Real Dirty Dozen"
      4. "Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills"
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Jim Brown - Cast
      2. Trini Lopez - Cast
      3. Stuart Cooper - Cast
      4. Colin Maitland - Cast
      5. Keith Hyman - Producer
      6. E.M. Nathanson - Novelist
      7. David J. Schow - Film Historian
  • Additional Products:
    • Bonus Movie - "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1967 - Best Sound Effects Editing

Entertainment Reviews:

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User Ratings: 41,318
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Sight and Sound
Sep 1, 2004
Lee Marvin heads a very strong, nearly all-male cast in an excellent performance. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the smash hits of its year, this action-packed war movie is violent and amoral, and fans would say all the better for it. Full Review
Radio Times
Aug 3, 2015
Any movie with Telly Savalas as a psychotic named A.J. Maggott is already halfway home....[A] red-meat classic...
USA Today
Jun 5, 1998
3 stars out of 5 -- A new twist -- in its time -- on the war movie....It's a good cast...
Ultimate DVD
Jul 1, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- Right up to the last scene the movie is amusing, well paced, intelligent. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- Slambang funny, and extremely violent for its time. Full Review
TV Guide
Aug 3, 2015

Description by OLDIES.com:

Often imitated, never bettered." -Charles Matthews, Oscar A To Z

They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers - and champs at the box office and in movie lore. Decades after it burst onto the scene, The Dirty Dozen remains a milestone among ensemble action flicks.

Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass. Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti-authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.

Product Description:

An all-star cast energizes Robert Aldrich's classic World War II action drama about a group of 12 American military prisoners assembled by tacticians and ordered to perform a suicide mission: infiltrate a well-guarded château and kill the Nazi officials vacationing there. The incarcerated soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, jump at the chance to redeem themselves. Major Reisman (Lee Marvin), the noncriminal in charge of the group, whips the men into a crack unit, uses them to best the troops of his by-the-book superior officer, Colonel Breed (Robert Ryan), in war games, then leads the steely antiheroes on their perilous assault.

The film is studded with standout performances, including Telly Savalas as a religious psychopath with a febrile animosity toward Germans and John Cassavetes in an Oscar-nominated portrayal as an insubordinate, poison-tongued hothead. Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, and football legend Jim Brown further round out the impressive collection of talent. Aldrich, who by the time of THE DIRTY DOZEN had been fathoming the darker side of life onscreen for more than a decade (KISS ME DEADLY, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE'), scored a huge hit with this rousing thriller laced with a stinging cynicism perfectly in tune with the increasingly skeptical tenor of the times.

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Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor; shot in Metroscope and blown up to 70mm.
  • Filmed in Aldbury, Herfordshire and Borehamwood Studios, UK. Began shooting April 25, 1966. Released in the USA June 15, 1967. Shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City November 19, 1974, and then again June 29-30, 1980, as part of the series "John Cassavetes: Filmmaker and Actor."
  • The song "Einsam" also by Sibylle Siegfried.
  • Additional cast: Tom Busby (Milo Vladek), Al Mancini (Tassos Vladek), George Roubicek (Private Arthur James Gardner), Dora Reisser (German Officer's Girl), Stuart Cooper (Roscoe Lever), Colin Maitland (Seth Sawyer), Thick Wilson (General Worden's Aide), and Robert Phillips.
  • Additional credits: Julian Mackintosh (production manager), Alan McCabe (camera operator), Angela Allen (continuity)
  • Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
  • DVD Special Features: Behind the Scenes Featurette, Trivia and Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer.

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