Disc One of this two-disc The Big Red One: The Reconstruction edition includes 47 minutes of additional footage, restored picture, and digitally remastered audio in Dolby Digital 5.1, as well as commentary by critic and The Reconstruction producer Richard Schickel. Disc Two adds a 47-minute featurette titled The Real Glory: Reconstructing The Big Red One; a 55-minute highlight on director Samuel Fuller; six featurettes with before and after restoration comparisons, which are found under Anatomy Of A Scene sub-menu; 19 alternate scenes, a 12-minute War Department official film highlighting The Red One division titled The Fighting First, a 30-minute vintage promo reel, a still gallery, three trailers, and two radio spots.
The Big Red One is writer/director Samuel Fuller
With seamlessly added scenes and a transfer similar to the previously released 1.78:1 DVD, this new Reconstruction edition of The Big Red One is quite impressive. Certainly the picture has dated characteristics, namely film grain and gritty emulsion that is inherent in the source element, but artifacts, scratches, and film grain have certainly been cleaned up. Colors are nicely rendered, with accurate fleshtones, natural hues, and generally deep blacks. Some smearing is evident, with a lack of definition. Still, images are sharp and detailed with nicely rendered shadow delineation and contrast. Same scene comparisons between the two DVDs reveal subtle improvements, if any, on this new version. Occasional pixelization is apparent, but edge enhancement is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)
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