When Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998, astute film reviewers pointed to antecedents such as Lewis Milestone's A Walk in the Sun and Sam Fuller's The Steel Helmet. Reviewers with long memories also pointed to William Wellman's Story of G.I. Joe. A good memory was required in this case because Story of G.I. Joe had never been available on home video -- in any form. Only people who had seen it theatrically could testify to its status as one of the great war movies. But this major omission has recently been addressed. Image Entertainment has recently released Story of G.I. Joe on DVD and VHS.
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