Studio Synopsis: Inspired by true events, a company of American soldiers is lost behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge and makes a horrific discovery -- a super bomb in development. The soldiers soon learn about a secret allied mission to retrieve a defecting German scientist in charge of a secret weapons program. Faced with impossible odds, the company and an escaping POW go on a daring raid into the heart of Nazi Germany in pursuit of the scientist.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
- Deleted Scene
- In the Trenches: Filming Company of Heroes
- Fabricating World War II
With a competent cast and a respectable effort stemmed from real life inspirations and THQ’s 2006 video game release of the same name, “Company of Heroes” completes its mission with a valiant effort hampered by a B-reel feel. And while Sizemore and company provide the true grit needed to push the plot well past the tipping point of a bland band of brothers rehash, the faded fleshing out of certain characters mixed with a feel that’s more fun than fact-based plants the platoon pic just shy of a well lobbed blast. Devotees of the game and those who constantly probe the scorched earth landscape in search of anything to do with WWII are the films primary targets, as David Reed – a script coordinator and writer for the recent “Battlestar Galactica” and the current “Supernatural” series’ – rolls out a screenplay steeped in history, yet peppered with fantasy. But the film somehow never gains that top tier taste, seeming instead to be battered up and flash-fried in the oils left by both less-than and larger WWII and game-based fare. Rapid fire extras are all that contribute to the Heroes special features, with short bursts of behind the scenes looks including “Fabricating World War II” and “In the Trenches: Filming Company of Heroes”, both offering standard interview/production information, and a one-shot deleted scene. So with an authentic and entertaining feel, but given orders that marginally seal the deal, “Company of Heroes” may rise through the ranks quickly amongst fellow fighters, but will see its walking papers with those in search of more from the corps.
Central Cast: Tom Sizemore | Chad Michael Collins | Neal McDonough | Jürgen Prochnow | Dimitri Diatchenko
Director: Don Michael Paul
Central Writers: David Reed
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: February 26, 2013
Genre: Action | War
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE