Newly widowed Army Captain Rossalind Donaldson returns home for her husband's funeral. The Donaldson's are incensed at the Captain bacause right before their son was killed, he found out she was behaving like a slut at her posting. They've decided to make Rossalind's wife utter hell beginning at her husband's wake.
That paved the way for Lee Marvin, and fate could not have worked out any better.
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Marvin owns his role as a rebellious Major, assigned to a squad filled with death row inmates or other vagrants sentenced to hard labor. John Reisman convincingly, so much so that John Wayne, despite his iconic status, simply would never have fit.
The tough, grizzled vet, Reisman is focused and determined, turning this squad of misfits into a team, one the audience can care for despite their past transgressions.
That is a hard turn-around, considering these men have been convicted of murder and rape, plus are borderline insane as diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Dirty Dozen is smart, building its protagonists from the jail cells, training grounds, into field exercises, and then the assault on the German chateau.
Each of those steps is crucial in their development not only as a team, but as individuals. This script uses every minute of its two-and-a-half hour runtime brilliantly, inserting sly, subtle humor such as a war games sequence that is played for laughs and to establish how the squad has pulled together.
It also shows their ability to adapt on the fly, react, and execute a plan, a perfect setup for the iconic finale. Director Robert Aldrich refused to delete a key scene showing Robert Jefferson Jim Brown dropping grenades onto German troops and innocent woman to secure an Oscar nod for best director.
Despite his hesitation, Jefferson makes the decision to proceed, knowingly slaughtering the German high command despite the civilian casualties. Shots looking up from below as the grenades drop are eerie, frantic German hands struggling to remove them from the grate they have landed on.
It is a radical departure from the propaganda-fueled war films that were still prevalent in the era, and that is oddly enough what John Wayne would produce just a year later in Green Berets.
In terms of depth and natural color saturation, Dirty Dozen can be brilliant. A bright contrast breathes new life into these images, bringing out full facial and uniform textures that are completely defined.
Sharpness can be high, delivering that modern quality to the images. Environmental detail, from the grass of the newly built training compound to the concrete of the chateau, are typically surprising.
Mild print damage is never excessive, limited to some unobtrusive white specks. Grain can spike, but the usually low bitrate encode manages to keep up, ensuring the grain structure is never distracting.
Black levels are superb, with no noticeable crush or loss of detail in the shadows.
Sadly, there is another side to this transfer, some of it unavoidable. Dissolve shots are immediately apparent, making each transition easy to spot long before they happen. The video takes on a notably softer, fuzzier quality that is simply a limitation of the era.
Edge enhancement and ringing, while dominant early on, is still noted late into the film despite a decrease in frequency. Certain shots seem to be taken from entirely different prints even within the same scene, losing that crispness and texture for a flat, soft appearance.
Colors sometimes shift or become over saturated. It is important to note that these transitions are not rare, but usually evident in each scene of the film, enough to create a distraction when being wowed by other parts of the presentation. Video Warner delivers a compressed Dolby Digital 5.
Mild surround use, including the artillery shells during war games, and some ambient gunfire during the finale, barely warrant any mention. The power of this track comes from the score of Frank De Vol, which hits those high notes beautifully. The fullness and richness of the music is impressive, making one wish for uncompressed audio for a small additional push.
The low end, while deep, tends to muddy up, lacking distinction between notes. There are also some rather aggressive LFE effects during the explosions featured in the finale, likewise lacking a crispness, but still delivering a forceful blow. Dialogue, while understandably not up to modern fidelity standards, is consistent and clean.
Audio A rather crowded commentary track includes novelist E. Nathanson, film historian David J.Feb 14, · There's also a documentary on the making of the original Dirty Dozen and a historical documentary on the real life Filthy Thirteen.
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The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph. From peplums to giallos, from low budget British comedies to Eurospy films, from Spaghetti Westerns to. Jul 05, · The story may be based on the Filthy Thirteen, a small group of airborne demolition experts whose story was documented by a book by the same name.
Unlike the Dirty Dozen, the Filthy Thirteen was not a unit composed of convicts, though some of this group did have criminal records."Status: Resolved.