14:50 25 January 2010
The film industry has thrown open its archives to create cinema history - the first, definitive DVD of the greatest war movies ever made, in a bid to raise money for charity.
A nationwide poll voted for the greatest war films ever, and the best scenes have been selected to feature in a new DVD, including iconic titles, such as 'Platoon', 'Schindler's List', 'Zulu', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and many more.
Sales of the film, which is available now, will support the charity Help for Heroes, and a minimum of £7 per copy sold will go towards the cause.
Charity spokesman Ross Kemp said: "The money raised from this DVD will go towards helping some very brave young men and women who have been wounded in the service of our country."
The result is an extraordinary high octane, breathless ride through epic land battles, mind blowing aerial duels and Oscar winning drama.
But what is the greatest sequence in a war movie ever made? Is it Sir Alec Guinness, crying out "What have I done?" at the end of 'Bridge on the River Kwai,' and making a last ditch effort to get to the detonator amid a hail of bullets?
Oonliner perhaps the opening minutes of 'Saving Private Ryan', with the intensity and devastating realism presented during the storming of Omaha Beach by allied soldiers in World War II?
'Heroes: The Greatest War Movies Ever' is a limited edition DVD which will be on sale for just a few months honouring the men and women of the UKs armed services; it's hoped it will raise at least £1 million pounds towards a new Army Recovery Centre for seriously wounded soldiers.
"They do not consider themselves to be Heroes," says Kemp, "[but] we know differently. We may not be able to prevent them getting wounded, but by supporting projects like this one we can do something to help them get better."
'Heroes: The Greatest War Movies Ever', priced £9.99, is available from all DVD retailers - including Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Play.com, Amazon, Love Film, Asda and WH smith and HMV - for a limied time only..
In the following video, Ex-SAS & author Andy McNab and founder of Help for Heroes Bryn Parry, discuss the inspiration for the DVD and explain how the money raised will be spent:
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