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These new editions of the WWII drama/action series have some strong drama and even better guest star lists....
Image / 2991 Minutes / 1964-1966 / Unrated / Street Date: June 4/July 16, 2013
Combat! is intense, dramatic old-fashioned television in every way. This war series never passes up an opportunity to instill its well-worn narrative arcs with often outlandish interpersonal drama, so when our boys head out to fight the good fight, it’s never just warfare at hand: Combat! almost drips with cliffhanger syntax.
Our show follows Sergeant Chip Saunders (Vic Morrow) and Gil Hanley (Rick Jason) as they lead their boys into battle. And, in true boob tube fashion, this Complete Third Season is jam-packed with cameos: a baby-faced Robert Duvall appears here, as do Mickey Rooney, Charles Bronson, and Rodd McDowell. And their Hollywood recognizability adds to the show’s implicit dramatic aims – in short, they up the ante.
Combat!: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons iaren’t exactly the kind of TV-on-DVD sets that stands to lasso a new cross-section of viewers as they hit the format, but viewers who grew up alongside the show (or were ushered into it by fans) will no doubt find some solid returns here. They're pretty straightforward affairs, but sometimes that’s exactly what the TV gods demand.