'His films are like scenarios made from communities of rats, the camera itself a king rat,' David Thomson wrote of Fuller. The rat trap is the Korean war, in a studio set of fake rock and fake snow, literally a theatre of war. The constantly moving camera isolates the tensions within an American platoon fighting a rearguard action. As the leaders are picked off by the 'alien' reds, one sensitive corporal's struggle with the responsibilities of leadership drags the plot in a slow dance of death; only to be blasted apart by a typical cigar-chewing affirmation of good old Yankee guts. From John Brophy's novel Immortal Sergeant (previously filmed in 1943).
Theatrical Release: November 20th, 1951
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Single-layered but progressive and the image looks acceptable - fair detail and decent contrast. Compression artifacts are not intrusively prevalent. There is an original mono track and a stereo one as well as optional subtitles. Not a lot was put into this DVD production but I am just thankful that the film is finally available.
The movie is a cracker and it's a shame there are no real extras on the DVD - just a trailer and Stills Gallery. With Sgt. Rock (Gene Evans) I couldn't help but be reminded of the Marvel comics I loved as a young boy. A desperate telling of a realistic Korean war drama with Fuller's machismo intent at every corner. Fabulous film and, for what you get, a valued DVD. We, of course, recommend at this price - the film alone is surely worth it.