The War Collection (2001)
Released: 8th August 2005
Release type: Retail / Rental
|No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: 3049501000
Category: Feature, War
Format: DVD / Box Set
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Story: Box set containing ten popular war movies. In 'Twelve O'Clock High' (1949), Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Gregory Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect. 'Behind Enemy Lines' (2001) is a Hollywood war drama inspired by the story of Scott O'Grady, the US fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 and managed to find his way back to base without being captured. After photographing some Bosnian Serb troops hidden in a forest, Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) and his co-pilot Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) are shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. Stackhouse breaks his leg in the crash, and Burnett goes off to get help, but the Serbs soon locate Stackhouse and execute him. Burnett now finds himself alone in hostile country and sets out on the long and dangerous journey back to safety. Meanwhile, his commanding officer (Gene Hackman), against all army and NATO rules, sets out on a mission to locate and rescue Burnett. In 'Courage Under Fire' (1996), Lieutenant Colonel Nat Serling (Denzel Washington), suffering from guilt after destroying one of his own tanks in a 'friendly fire' incident during the Gulf War, is assigned to investigate the death of Captain Karen Walden (Meg Ryan). Walden died in action, but accounts of her actions vary and so Serling has to discover the truth before she can be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour. At the same time he has to come to terms with his own traumatic experiences in the Gulf. 'Enemy At The Gates' (2001) is set in Stalingrad in 1942. Political Officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes) sees young army recruit Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) in action and realises that he is just what the Russian people need to inspire them in their fight against the German army. Zaitsev is a natural with a rifle, and Danilov arranges for him to be transferred to a sniper unit, where his actions will be publicised, thus making him into a national hero. But Zaitsev soon begins to feel he cannot live up to Danilov's expectations, and to make matters worse, he and Danilov both fall for the same girl (Rachel Weisz). Meanwhile, the Germans find out about Zaitsev and bring in their own top sniper, Konig (Ed Harris), to engage the young Russian in a deadly battle of wits. In 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965), when US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is shot down and placed in a German POW camp, he is more concerned with his own survival than escape. The top-ranking officer in the camp, he is initially reviled by his fellow British and American prisoners, who nickname him 'Von Ryan'. However, Ryan eventually comes to lead them in a daring escape attempt, taking over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and the escapees face many hazards as they commandeer a train to make their way across Italy, closely followed by the Nazis. In 'The Longest Day' (1962), an all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. In 'The Thin Red Line' (1964), during World War Two, new recruit Private Doll (Keir Dullea) finds himself stationed in Guadalcanal under the leadership of a hardened sergeant (Jack Warden). As he does battle with the Japanese forces, Doll finds himself in continual conflict with his no-nonsense superior, and the ensuing struggle for supremacy places the mission in jeopardy. The first adaptation of James Jones' novel, followed by Terrence Malick's Oscar nominated version in 1998. 'Tigerland' (2000) is set in Louisiana in 1971. When new recruit Jim Paxton (Matthew Davis) arrives at Fort Polk for basic training he soon makes friends with the rebellious Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell), a soldier who is doing everything he can to get himself thrown out of the army. Bozz has plans to escape to Mexico, but Paxton refuses to go with him, arguing that if he doesn't go to Vietnam, then somebody else will have to go in his place. However, when Bozz makes an enemy of his vengeful and sadistic fellow recruit Wilson (Shea Whigham), the need to get out of the army becomes even more pressing. In 'Patton' (1970), the life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in a screen biography which focuses on Patton's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward - Patton was highly successful in his campaigns over North Africa, Sicily and parts of Europe. Scott won an Oscar for his performance but didn't accept it, and the film won a further six Academy Awards. Finally, 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' (1970) is a film covering Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of both the Japanese and the Americans, it draws upon the talents of four different directors - including Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasuki - and at a cost of 25 million dollars, was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, John Kellogg, Paul Stewart, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor, Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith, Olek Krupa, Vladimir Mashkov, Charles Malik Whitfield, Geoffrey Pierson, Leon Russom, Marko Igonda, Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, Matt Damon, Seth Gilliam, Bronson Pinchot, Scott Glenn, Regina Taylor, Zeljko Ivanek, Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Thomson, Matthias Habich, Sophie Rois, Ivan Shvedov, Mario Bandi, Hans Martin Stier, Clemens Schick, Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carra, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, James Brolin, Adolfo Celi, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, Vito Scotti, John Wayne, Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Robert Wagner, Mel Ferrer, Richard Burton, Sal Mineo, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Curd Jurgens, Paul Anka, Fabian, Tommy Sands, Richard Beymer, Steve Forrest, Eddie Albert, Kenneth More, Peter Lawford, Sean Connery, Richard Todd, Michael Medwin, Christopher Lee, Richard Wattis, Jeffrey Hunter, Edmond O'Brien, Red Buttons, Tom Tryon, Alexander Knox, Ray Danton, Ron Randell, Donald Houston, Leo Genn, John Gregson, Leslie Phillips, Irina DeMich, Bourvil, Jean-Louis Barrault, Christian Marquand, Arletty, Paul Hartman, Gert Fröbe, Eugene Deckers, Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John Savage, Arian Ash, Haven Gaston, Nick Searcy, Michael Shannon, Afemo Omilami, James McDonald, Cole Hauser, Colin Farrell, Clifton Collins Jr, Matthew Davis, Shea Whigham, George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Strong, Frank Latimore, James Edwards, Lawrence Dobkin, Michael Bates, Stephen Young, Tim Consedine, Karl Michael Vogler, Cary Loftin, Albert Dumortier, Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Wesley Addy, Leon Ames, Edward Andrews, Kinji Fukasuki, George MacReady, E. G. Marshall, Toshio Masuda, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takahiro Tamura, James Whitmore, So Yamamura, Jason Robards
Directed by: Henry King, John Moore, Edward Zwick, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mark Robson, Ken Annakin, Andrew Martin, Bernhard Wicki, Terrence Malick, Joel Schumacher, Franklin J. Schaffner, Richard Fleischer, Ray Kellogg, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasuki
Produced by: Darryl Zanuck, John Davis, Joseph M. Singer, David T. Friendly, John Schofield, Saul David, Elmo Williams, Robert Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill, Arnon Milchan, Steven Haft, Beau Flynn, Frank McCarthy
Written by: Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr, David Veloz, Zak Penn, Patrick Sheane Duncan, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard, Wendell Mayes, Jospeh Landon, Romain Gary, Cornelius Ryan, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, James Jones, Terrence Malick, Ross Klavan, Michael McGruther, Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North, Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima
Studio/distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
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