(March 7, 2005 - Burbank, CA) – "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction," Richard Schickel’s restoration of Samuel Fuller’s quintessential World War II film, will debut on DVD May 3, commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-E day. "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" was recently awarded special citations from the National Board of Review and the National, Los Angeles and Seattle Film Critics Associations as well as the prestigious Anthology Film Archives’ 2005 Film Preservation Honors Award. Named in 12 Critics’ Ten Best Lists in 2004, it was also chosen by the Cannes Film Festival for their Classics Selection. Now with a running time of just under 3 hours, "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" also contains commentary by producer Schickel, alternate scenes, a new documentary and more. Said the Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Crust, “The restoration breathes new life into [the movie. It] rolls through its nearly three hours with the martial efficiency of films half its length. The characters take on added depth and the film's episodic structure now boasts grand thematic arcs that solidify its narrative.” "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" heads Warner Home Video’s "World War II Collection: Battlefront Europe," a five-film set which also includes "Battle of the Bulge" (first time on DVD), "The Dirty Dozen," "Where Eagles Dare" and "Battleground." The Collection will be available May 3 for $59.92 SRP. "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" will be available for $26.99 SRP and "Battle of the Bulge" will be available for $19.97 SRP. With operations in 89 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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