Warner Bros. 1967 classic action genre gem "The Dirty Dozen" has been re-released in a new special format chock-full of many exclusive features and documentaries.
John Reisman, played by Lee Marvin, is a square-jawed and cynical Army Major who is assigned by General Warden (Ernest Borgnine) to train and command a squad of 12 hardened misfit convicts on a suicide mission against top, on-leave Nazi brass on the eve of D-Day in occupied France. Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker and John Cassavetes, are among the hopeful jailbirds wishing to earn their freedom-if they can manage to survive.
The gritty war film and action-packed drama was written by script geniuses Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller and directed by Robert Aldrich of "Flight of the Phoenix" and "The Longest Yard".
The special edition release is spread out over two discs due to the large amount of content. A four-minute introduction by Borgnine kicks off the release before the feature film begins. "Operation: Dirty Dozen" is a fun collection of on-set footage pulled from the filming of the original movie. Three made-for-television sequels to the movie followed two decades after the original release of the film, and the first one from 1985, called "The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission", is also included on the DVD. The two additional sequels are being re-released as a double-feature DVD this month by Sony.
Two additional featurettes are also included in the release. "Armed and Deadly: The Making of The Dirty Dozen" lasts a half hour, while a second 45 minute documentary details the real-life airborne division that inspired author E.M. Nathanson to pen his fictional work upon which the film is based. The DVD concludes with a 30-minute recruitment documentary on Marine Corps combat leadership skills with narration by Marvin.
This dual DVD release is the perfect addition for the collections of both Dirty Dozen and Telly Savalas fans!
By: Nicole Gately
In the role that earned Telly Savalas back-to-back Golden Globe awards and a Best Actor Emmy, Lieutenant Theo Kojak is hitting the streets once again. The 1970s Best Television Series Golden Globe winner "Kojak" is experiencing a 2005 revival. Not only is the series being remade for the USA Network (staring Ving Rhames and premiering Sunday, March 25), also the first season of the original 1970s detective smash will be released on DVD on March 22, through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The first season has particularly innovative writing by Jack Laird, Halstead Wells, Mort Fine and Gene Kearney. Their unparalleled writing talents are amplified through the stellar performances of Savalas, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas (Telly's brother) and Dan Frazier. Season one also features extraordinary guest stars such as Harvey Keitel, John Ritter, Dabney Coleman and a very young James Woods. Savalas really comes into his own during the first season, playing the gruff lollipop-loving New York City Police Lieutenant who deep down has a heart of gold.
Authentic atmosphere and locations (the first season was shot primarily in NYC before shifting to L.A.) gave the premiere season a unique look absent in the following years. Especially lush, colorful sets were used for the breathtaking sets. The set designers really went all out, perfecting the Big Apple from both the ground level as well as from the air. Even tenement dwellings are shown with a lot of detail, so much thought and expense was given by the producers and directors to make the shows a pleasure to watch.
"Kojak: Season One" features all 22 electrifying episodes from the first season of the Top-Ten rated television series. The three-disc box set has been completely re-mastered and priced to own at $39.98.
Article originally published by Associated Press
"Who loves ya, baby?" Ving Rhames does. USA television network on Wednesday confirmed plans to produce a movie adaptation of "Kojak," the 1970s police drama that starred Telly Savalas as the stylish, crome-dome Lt. Theo Kojak.
Rhames, best known for his role as Marsellus Wallace in the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," will star in the TV movie. Production is expected to begin this month.
Rhames, 43, also is to appear in "Mission: Impossible 3" and as Sonny Liston in "Night Train," both slated for release next year.
"Kojak" aired from 1973-78.
Telly Savalas became famous for his tough-talking, bald-headed, lollipop-licking character on Kojak (1973-78). Before the police drama put him in the limelight, Savalas enjoyed an extensive career on the big screen. His facial features often led him to portray villains, including James Bond?s foe in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). His talented portrayal of unconventional characters made Savalas one of the most recognizable and popular actors of his time
It was for these and many other reasons that Telly Savalas came to mind when established high-end memorabilia provider ProTour Memorabilia wanted to launch an exciting new division of products. After successfully securing their position as the exclusive licensee for PGA Tour framed memorabilia, ProTour has diversified into a wide range of framed celebrity display pieces.
ProTour has jump started their new line by harnessing the demand for memorabilia dedicated to many of the worlds greatest legends. In addition to the talented actor Telly Savalas, these personalities include other entertainment favorites such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. Also featured are musicians Buddy Holly and Ella Fitzgerald, sports immortals Babe Ruth, Rocky Marciano and Arthur Ashe, and historical figures General George S. Patton, Jr. and Amelia Earhart.
Each framed piece is double matted and may include elements such as a candid photograph, biography, brass nameplate and an engraved or facsimile signature reproduction. As an added service to their customers, ProTour will also engrave the memorabilia free of charge. These items will be available worldwide, with retail prices starting at $49.99 USD.
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Telly Savalas became famous for his tough-talking, bald-headed, lollipop-licking character on the television series Kojak (1973-78). Before the police drama put him in the limelight, Savalas enjoyed an extensive career on the big screen. His facial features often led him to portray psychotic villains, including James Bond's enemy Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
Transcend, an established boutique marketing firm, recently licensed the use of Savalas' image for a print advertisement. The company utilized his no nonsense reputation to market their firm's services to the gas and oil industries. The advertisement with Savalas appears in a promotional brochure that will be distributed to hundreds of companies at a related trade show in Canada.
Transcend is a successful five year old Canadian firm that specializes in advertising, identities, sales kits and direct mail pieces. Their clients include Ranger Oil, Zorin, Seeds and Crispin.