The Big Red One as Blu-ray Premiere in the US
There are still many classics out there that did not get a Blu-ray release yet. In contrast to the time when the DVD was introduced, distributors now don't rush as fast to put films out on the HD medium. Some titles even seem like they've been forgotten and even though more and more older movies surface in HD, the releases often fail to impress.
One of these "it's about time but not in that way" films is the war movie The Big Red One by Samuel Fuller. He himself was a soldier in WWII and put emphasis on accuracy when creating his film. Unfortunately, his plans and those of the studio didn't match up so that it was released in cinemas 40 minutes shorter. Many years later, the film critic Richard Schickel made an effort for a release of the Director's Cut. He succeeded and a much longer version of the movie was released with the additional title "The Reconstruction". First at the Cannes festival and later also on DVD. As our comparison shows, it is a much better version of the film.
The upcoming Blu-ray release that awaits US customers starting May 16th, 2014, will only contain the theatrical version in HD. The "Reconstruction" version will be available in the bonus section with standard definition. Overall, this is a big disappointment for real fans.