I am a big fan of the Big Red One movie with Lee Marvin, and I always knew the movie likely had been editted horribly or cut short for t.v., then I see this movie set with four other movies, good ones, locally for just $20, and yeah, I got lucky at that price, but full price would be okay for this set if one didn't have Battleground like I didn't, nor Eagles Dare, and especially not a reconstructed "Big Rdd One" version which is the shining star of this collection, don't miss out, cause I know what alot of folks think about the horribly editted version of the movie, but this is the restoration, the best they could do with what they had, some stuff from the widow of the director. Remember, Lee Marvin was a WW2 Pacific War veteran who got his foot heel pretty much shot off.
Battleground is a battle of the bulge presentation of the airborne divisions, like "Band of Brothers", but just a movie length early presentation of the US forces of that time, and if I am remembering rightly, seems some real former veterans of that campaign and the airborne divisions were called upon to play in this movie, and I didn't own it previously. An unforgettable scene, "forget what basic training taught you, just shoot back if you can't see them", from the scene where a newer soldier had to just shoot his m1 garand blindly into the treeline, and surprisingly he gets a german who was shooting from cover of darkness. How about the scene where a us soldier is shot and cries "mom, mom", well, a stark reality in wartime for especially young soldiers, they had some shot germans suddenly calling "mutti, mutti"(mother, mother). Battle of the Bulge, a commander inspects a german "sturmgewehr" mp44, the first assault rifle, and comments it hasn't even ever been shot, off a young german likely used as a decoy to be captured.
These are the movies before cgi, and before they had plenty of mock up tanks to look like the real thing, and if they use an m48 tank from the fifties, or captured arab/russian soviet tanks lent by Israel, oh well, at least it aint CGI(computer graphics interface), but the real thing, be thankful, it was a more simple world back then in the 40's to 80's.