The Big Red One (1980) Blu-Ray Theatrical and Extended (The Reconstruction) Versions
This is cult writer/director Sam Fuller's ("The Steel Helmet", "Fixed Bayonets", "Merrill's Marauders") haunting classic semi-autobiographical account of his WWII tour of duty with the US First Infantry from 1942 to 1945. The deceased filmmaker was a twice wounded corporal.

It chronicles a squad under the leadership of a stoic, gruff, grizzled veteran sergeant (Lee Marvin), who fought in World War I with the The Big Red One--the First Infantry. He acts as a surrogate father to the young callow recruits as they go from a beach assault in North Africa, Sicily, England, D-Day landing in Normandy, Belgium and finally to the liberation of a concentration camp in Falkenau, Czechoslovakia. Basically it tells the story of the land war in Europe through five ordinary soldiers. The idea of war for Fuller is to survive; the only members of the squad who survive are Marvin and four riflemen--Griff (Mark Hamill), Zab (Fuller's screen surrogate, played by Robert Carradine), Pvt. Vinci (Bobby Di Cicco), and Pvt. Johnson (Kelly Ward).

Director: Samuel Fuller
Cast: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine
Country: USA

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:53:16 + 02:42:45 | 39.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language (Theatrical): English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Language (The Reconstruction): English, French, German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Genre: Action, Drama, War

Extras:
*The Film - Theatrical Version (113:15, HD)
*The Film - Extended Version (162:44, 480i)
• Audio Commentary by reconstruction producer Richard Schickel
• Deleted and Alternate scenes with commentary (32:12)
• Behind the Scenes: "Anatomy of a Scene": Watch the director at work and examine the before/after restoration comparisons (18:31)
• New documentary "The Real Glory: Reconstructing The Big One" (47:24)
• Profile: "The Men Who Make the Movies: Samuel Fuller" (55:02)
• Behind the Scenes: War department film: "The Fighting First" (12:17)
• 1980 promo reel (29:57)
• Theatrical trailer, and TV (2 X :34) and radio spots (2 X :31)
• Two TV Spots
• Two Radio Spots
• 2004 reconstruction trailer (2:20)
• Stills gallery

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