Kelly's Heroes (1970)

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Released 29-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category War Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1970
Running Time 137:38
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (64:07) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Brian G. Hutton

Warner Home Video
Starring Clint Eastwood
Telly Savalas
Don Rickles
Carroll O'Connor
Donald Sutherland
Gavin MacLeod
Hal Buckley
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Lalo Schifrin

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Kelly's Heroes is a film about a group of American GI's who learn about a store of Nazi gold behind enemy lines and plan to capture this for themselves.

    After capturing a German intelligence officer Lt. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) learns about a massive store of gold held behind enemy lines. This is an opportunity too large to pass up so Kelly sets about forming a small crew to seize the bullion for themselves. Getting to the gold will not be an easy task so Kelly enlists the help of the men in his platoon and Oddball (Donald Sutherland) who commands a group of three Sherman tanks. With only limited time the group sets off behind enemy lines but they must avoid their own men as well as the Germans to get to the gold successfully.

    Made in 1970 this film was directed by Brian G. Hutton who was also responsible for another Clint Eastwood WWII film Where Eagles Dare. The film has excellent performances from Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor and all the supporting actors. It is a pleasure to watch this film at its original aspect ratio. Despite being made over thirty years ago, it remains a highly entertaining action adventure.

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is extremely sharp throughout and constantly displays high levels of detail. No low-level noise was detected at any time during the transfer. Lots of shadow detail is displayed during the few dark sections of the transfer at the beginning of the film.

    As expected for a film of this age the colour palette is slightly muted but this is never distracting.

    No MPEG artefacts were detected at any time during the transfer.

    There are quite a number of aliasing artefacts. Some examples of these may be seen at 0:36, 6:07, 13:22, 22:22 and 22:35, and they are slightly disruptive.

    Considering the age of the feature, there are very few film artefacts to be seen. Some examples of the minor artefacts may be seen at 7:14, 13:52, 21:08, 21:36 and 22:42. These are only minimally annoying.

    Eight sets of white subtitles are included on this disc. I extensively sampled the English and English SDH streams. The English stream occasionally misses a line of dialogue and it is off-putting when a character obviously speaks a line and no subtitle is provided. Luckily, the missing subtitles do not significantly impact upon the storyline. These missing lines were included during the English SDH stream.

    The layer change occurs at 64:07 during a static shot in chapter 17 and is unlikely to be detected by most viewers.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    A re-mastered English Dolby Digital 384 kbps 5.1 track and French and German Dolby Digital 192 kbps 1.0 tracks are provided for the transfer. I listened to the English track in full and briefly sampled the other two tracks.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.

    No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The score by Lalo Schifrin suits the on-screen action and is complemented by the theme song Burning Bridges by Mike Curb.

    As you might expect, the re-mastered soundtrack is mainly focused across the front three channels. The surround channels are used minimally during the action sequences for effects and the subwoofer is used effectively to support gunshots and explosions.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The non-animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of either 1.78:1 or 1.33:1 depending upon the player setup.

Trailer (2:46)

    This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 192 kbps 1.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Both versions of this film appear to be identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.


    Kelly's Heroes is a classic WWII action adventure that should appeal to a wide range of viewers.

    Considering the age of the film, the transfer is extremely high quality, only let down by a number of aliasing artefacts.

    The re-mastered soundtrack is high quality but (thankfully) does not significantly alter the original sound design.

    Disappointingly the only extra included is a theatrical trailer.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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