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|Combat - Season 4 Conflict 1|
Actors: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Nina Foch, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert
Directors: Alan Crosland Jr., Bernard McEveety, Boris Sagal, Burt Kennedy, Byron Paul
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Military & War
One of television's most popular series, the groundbreaking Combat! offers a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable leve... more »
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HOLD ON A MINUTE, JP!
Lawrence Rapchak | Whiting, IN United States | 05/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must reply to JP Falcon's posted review of "Combat"(4/7/05) which lists the episode "The Farmer" as one of the worst. FOLKS, TAKE THE WORD OF A GUY WHO REGARDS "THE FARMER" as his PERSONAL FAVORITE of them ALL----IT"S TERRIFIC!
Amazingly sensitive and perceptive in its portrayal of the soldier whose main concerns are seeing that the tranquility and spiritual qualities associated with farming are not destroyed by the ravages of war. The peaceful, idyllic scene where the entire squad (except for Saunders) gradually join Weaver in planting the crops for an aging French couple who were chased off of their land is, in my opinion, the SINGLE MOST BEAUTIFUL scene that the series has to offer. And then, things start to go desparately wrong, as Weaver endeavors to save a baby calf from starving. Much excellently wrought conflict with Kirby and Littlejohn, as Weaver continually puts the squad in danger because of his convictions. And the final moments show a man who out of desperation and rage allows himself to be destroyed---all because of his fanatical devotion to preserving the sanctity of the earth and its creatures. Great closing speech by Conlan Carter.
FIRST-RATE! Get it and see for yourself.
****ALSO FABULOUS---- "S.I.W." with phenomenal direction (John Peyser) and performance from John Cassavetes. An epsisode wherein ALMOST NOTHING happens in terms of action---but the INTENSITY between characters is unbelievable. And the final resolution of the show is almost cathartic, as if all of the hatred and mistrust between Cassavetes and William Stevens has been purged--or cleansed. Brilliant.
******THE REAL SLEEPER EPISODE: "RUN, SHEEP, RUN". Even though this show, late in the season, is essentially a rehash of the first season's "The Medal", it ultimately stands on its own as a truly fine episode. The closing scene, as Dwayne Hickman admits his own cowardice to the squad, never fails to bring a tear to the eye (mine, that is).
FINEST HOUR is very good (even though it, too, is essentially a re-write [of the 1st season's "The Chateau"). Great to see a (rare) performance by Louise Rainer.
And of course, "HILLS ARE FOR HEROES" is pretty amazing stuff.
The Best COMBAT Episode has Arrived!! Part 1
J P Falcon | Fords, New Jersey United States | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We are now at the apex of the COMBAT series when the show reached its' peak as this season has the best episode ever produced. There are a few episodes that seem variations on previous Combat themes, but overall the fourth season holds up well...Of the cast members, Jack Hogan as Kirby does his best work in three pivotal episodes, especially in Hills are for Heroes which I consider one of the greatest war movies ever made. I will discuss this episode in the COMBAT SEASON 4 CONFLICT 2 review. For now, here are some of the hits and misses of season 4...
1. The Leader - Kirby must lead a group of disgruntled soldiers as they prepare for a German counterattack....one of the shows where Jack Hogan shines...
2. Retribution - Jack Hogan is 2 for 2 as Kirby, when he discovers that his future Brother-in-law was beaten to death by a sadistic German Officer. Hogan's acting is top notch as he seeks revenge.
3. The Raider - a tense drama as Saunders needs to discover which of the German prisoners is actually the Officer who knows the whereabouts of a captured Hanley.
4. Finest Hour - It is a treat to see the fine French actress Luise Rainer in a morality play regarding honor and sacrifice.
5. Main Event - Jack Carter plays the manager of contending boxer and tries to protect his "investment" from the dangers of war. Jack Carter is at his conniving and sleazy best.
6. The Old Men - Simon Oakland portrays an replacement with bad knees, as he and other older replacements join Saunders squad.
7.The First Day - Four "Green" soldiers are put in Saunders squad. If this seems familiar to THE OLD MEN, well, I guess it is, but it is still well done.
Those are a few of the fine episodes which are included in this season 4 compilation of COMBAT. There are however some, not so stellar episodes.
1. The Linesman - Jack Lord is a know it all radioman who accompanies Saunders squad on a mission. It is the overdone "Arrogant Officer Humbled" theme.
2. Hear No Evil - There are actually good portions of this episode where Saunders loses his hearing. The scene which illustrates how he became deaf is well done. There is a silly section involving a dog however which brings the episode down, and if you are a dog lover, you may become unsettled.
3. The Farmer - Dennis Weaver loves animals more than Humans. Just plain dumb.
So, should you buy this set? Yes, most certainly, for there is much to enjoy in this collection. If you are planning to buy both volumes of this season 4 DVD set, but are only planning to buy one at this time, then I advise you save buying SEASON 4 CONFLICT 1 for now and quickly purchase SEASON 4 CONFLICT 2 because, as I mentioned previously, one of the finest war movies was produced when HILLS ARE FOR HEROES hit the small screen. I will comment on this fantastic episode in the CONFLICT 2 review.
Recommended without reservation.
Combat, Season 4
Amy Lowe | Massachusetts | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have only recently become a fan of Combat, but since discovering the show on cable, I can't get enough. Season 4 has several of my favorite episodes including "The First Day," "S.I.W.," "The Good Samaritan," "Hills Are For Heroes," "Ask Me No Questions," and "The Leader." It also has a few clinkers such as "Nine Place Vendee," "Breakout," and "Luck With Rainbows," but that is to be expected in any television series -- they can't all be terrific. I'll admit a certain bias to those episodes featuring Vic Morrow as Saunders over those featuring Rick Jason as Hanley. Hanley's okay when Saunders is with him, but I rarely find that Jason can carry an entire episode on his own. I was impressed with the reality of the dialogue and the interaction between the characters when I first saw the show. In many ways the drama is far more gripping than the shows on television today. After getting to know these characters (not necessarily through exposition, but through their actions and interactions), I really got to care about what happens to them. Admittedly, by Season 4, there isn't really the same tension about these characters that existed in the first season -- the viewer knows which characters will be back next week and which ones likely have a target on their chests (they killed off semi-regulars in Season 1!), but by Season 4 you're just happy to spend some time with Saunders and his squad."
Mark Gunter | Atlanta, GA United States | 05/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Image did a fine job on the Combat! dvds. However, it`s unfortunate they were unable to find prints that were not "time-compressed". Surely there had to be some available somewhere. It`s so irritating watching them in their slightly sped-up form. The dvds would have been perfect if not for this. They LOOK superb. I understand they will be releasing season 5 in "non-time compressed" prints. At least we will get one season at the correct speed."