One of the 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... more » levels of ingenuity and courage. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason head a stellar cast in the longest-running war series in history, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent including Richard Donner and Robert Altman. Campaign 1 guest stars: Robert Culp, Dean Stockwell, Joan Hackett, Don Edmonds, Dan O'Herlihy, Victoria Vetri, Denise Alexander, Michael Murphy, Barbara Babcock. The Squad / Next in Command / The Chateau / Off Limits / No Time for Pity / Night Patrol / Survival / No Hallelujahs for Glory / The Quiet Warrior / Battle of the Roses / Hill 256 / The Sniper / One More for the Road / The Walking Wounded / High Named Today / No Trumpets, No Drums.« less
BEWARE! these sets are organized in order of Production...
Ockbar Mustafa | Studio City, CA | 07/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great series! but the DVD's are a bit strange... the episodes are grouped in order of "production" and NOT in the original air date/episode order. here are the episodes on "Campaign 2" in order:
DISC #1 - Episode 10: I Swear by Apollo (12/11/1962) - Episode 30: Walking Wounded, The (04/30/1963) - Episode 14: Medal, The (01/08/1963) - Episode 16: Volunteer, The (01/22/1963)
DISC #2 - Episode 23: Survival (03/12/1963) - Episode 21: No Time for Pity (02/26/1963) - Episode 18: Next in Command (02/05/1963) - Episode 22: Night Patrol (03/05/1963)
DISC #3 - Episode 20: Off Limits (02/19/1963) - Episode 24: No Hallelujahs for Glory (03/19/1963) - Episode 26: Battle of the Roses (04/02/1963) - Episode 27: Hill 256 (04/09/1963)
DISC #4 - Episode 28: Sniper, The (04/16/1963) - Episode 29: One More for the Road (04/23/1963) - Episode 31: High Named Today (05/07/1963) - Episode 32: No Trumpets, No Drums (05/14/1963)
you'll have to buy BOTH sets if you want to watch the series correctly - the way it was aired in the '60s."
The classic World War II television series arrives on DVD
Robert Huggins | Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States | 08/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though Combat! has aired on some cable stations and has been syndicated on broadcast television in a few markets, I had not seen the series since original broadcasts on ABC ended in 1967. So it was with great anticipation that I awaited the release of the series on DVD. The wait was worth it . . . Combat! is even better than I had remembered it to be. Like many youngsters who grew up in the 1950s/1960s, I was drawn to the show by its combat action sequences and now, as an adult, the human drama is of greater interest. The writing and acting in this series is top notch and I found the production values to be quite high for a television series from the early/mid 1960s. Yes, those French villages were really on the back lot of MGM Studios, but they sure looked authentic. And, although the final season of the series was filmed in color, the black and white film stock used for the first four seasons actually adds to the grittiness of the show.
Season 1, Campaign 2 contains 16 episodes and, like Season 1, Campaign 1, the episodes are shown in production order rather than the original broadcast order. Shecky Greene's Private Braddock is gone but Jack Hogan's better-known Private Kirby shows up in these episodes. The extras on Campaign 2 consist of six episode commentaries, and some anecdotal information on each episode provided by Jo Davidsmeyer who runs the Combat! web site. The commentaries are of variable quality. For example, actor Joseph Campanella, a guest star on the episode "The Medal," is a somewhat strange choice to provide commentary since his character is killed off during the first quarter of the episode. Campanella is affectionate when speaking about the show and his role, but he signs off abruptly, around the 25 minute mark of the episode. Perhaps, with the passage of over 40 years, he simply had run out of things to say. That's not the case with the other commentaries, however, the best of which come from Director Richard Donner ("No Trumpets, No Drums") and actors Ben Cooper and Tom Lowell ("Next in Command"). While certainly not of modern day "high definition" television standards, the quality of the audio/visual presentation on these DVDs is, for the most part, very good and likely the best that we'll ever see for this series.
Combat! remains one of television's key dramatic series of the 1960s and is highly recommended to those interested in classic TV and/or World War II dramas. "
Great Televison At It's Best
Pamela Harvey | College Park, Georgia United States | 06/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are lucky to be old enough to remember "Combat", then I would say you are pretty lucky. This was one hell of a television show. I was 8 years old when the premiere episode came on and it was my father's favorite program. He was a WW2 veteran. This program premiered when writers knew how to write and they did not depend on fast cuts and digital images. The stories were very powerful and the acting was great! As a child , I was always waiting for the next episode and now I am happy to see these episodes on DVD. The main stars are dead now, Ric Jason and Vic Morrow and then Dick Peadbody. Also some of the production crew are now deceased. These people have certainly left a legacy!"
Episodes Not Edited
1943MB | Tampa, FL United States | 06/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The writer who states that these episodes were edited is dead wrong. Vic Morrow in an interview with the Social Security Administration remarked that the episodes were about 47 minutes long and the rest of the time is spent on commercials. So who are you going to believe. Vic Morrow , who directed and stared in the series or conjecture after the fact."
Great Series Has First Season Jitters
J P Falcon | Fords, New Jersey United States | 07/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's easy to slap 5 stars on a Combat review, but one must be careful and realize that this series was 5 seasons long with over 150 total episodes...In fact, if I could give this first season 3 1/2 stars I would....the show was trying to find its' bearings in this first season, and would face many bumps as directors and writers came and went....these are valuable episodes though in setting up what will become the best television series which covered the WWII theater....Some of the Highlights:Lost Sheep Lost Shepherd....Jeffery Hunter is the guest star as a priest who fell from grace and is now a tanker...when he blows up the church steeple, you cannot help but think of his role in King of Kings.Forgotten Front...guest star Albert Paulsen (who recently passed away) portrays a very sympathetic German who is captured by Saunders...the writers had to add the final scene between Caje and Saunders because the producers did not like the final outcome of Paulsen's character...Cat and Mouse...a very exciting and tense story with Albert Salmi as a Seargent equal to Saunders in grit and determination.Reunion....what does one do, when you find out your long lost father is a collaborator for the Germans?The Medal....Frank Gorshin reluctantly, then aggressively, takes credit for a heroic act that he didn't do...No Time for Pity....one of the many episodes which shows the war's effect on children....The Sniper....German sniper picks off US soldiers in French town.No Trumpets No Drums...Caje suffers through a period of angst after killing a little girl's father....These epsisodes, and others are the high points of the first season...but since the characters have not yet fully evolved, there are some episodes that they are secondary to, at times, rather mundane characters:Any Second Now....Hanley is caught under some rubble in a church with an unexploded bomb for company...a rather boring subplot between the British demo man and his love interest...Missing in Action....Howard Duff as a downed pilot is again center stage to a romantic plot lineThe Chateau...Doc #1 is given the star treatment in this episode..the problem is that he is not a very good actorThe Prisoner....Shecky Greene's comedic talents are on display but the episode is too "Hogans Heroes-ish" to be any good...The Walking Wounded...this time we have too much Gary Merrill..Off Limits....William Windom and Peggy Ann Garner are lovers and guess what?...Garner is married to one of Saunders men!...yawnWell, I could go on but I will spare you....One of the niceties of the first season is that Vic Morrow and Rick Jason worked together in quite a few of the episodes. Future seasons would see them split the center spotlight with Morrow quickly becoming the dominant character...but other characters, like Little John, are barely fleshed out, and Kirby did not have his patented BAR by his side, though in one episode he petitioned to become the squad's BAR man (Far from the Brave)...Stephen Rogers as Doc #1 could not hold an acting candle to Season 2-5 Doc #2, Conlan Carter... So by all means, pick up this first season because the price is right, and there is much to enjoy....as the seasons progressed, the show just got better, culminating in the 2 part masterpiece, "Hills are for Heroes" from season 4....If I could rate the individual season now they would be:Season 1 - 3 1/2 Stars
Season 2 - 5 Stars
Season 3 - 5 Stars
Season 4 - 5 Stars...though could be a 6 Star Season
Season 5 - 4 StarsI'm jumping a bit ahead of the release schedule with these ratings but you have an idea on how I view the arc of the series.Recommended with some reservations...."