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The Rat Patrol & The Magnificent Seven TV Giftsets in May

MGM Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Rat Patrol: The Complete Series Giftset and The Magnificent Seven Complete Series Giftset on 13th May 2008 priced at $49.98 SRP each. Released in time for Father’s Day (in the USA) these giftsets are essentially repackaged complete series versions of the existing single-season sets.

The Rat Patrol - This seven-disc set includes all 58 episodes of the series which chronicles the adventures of four commandos fighting in the African Desert. Lead by bold Sergeant Sam Troy (Christopher George), The Rat Patrol was comprised of a misfit team of men including Sergeant Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond), the intellectual British archaeologist expert, Private Mark “Hitch” Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) a demolition specialist and Private Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr), the group’s mechanical wizard. The four manoeuvred tanks across the barren badlands of Africa during World War II to battle the German Army’s Africa Corps, led by Hauptmann Hans Dietrich (Eric Braeden). Inspired by and loosely modelled on the Long Range Desert Group, a British Army unit during World War II, The Rat Patrol was first war program to be broadcast in colour. Filmed on location in the deserts of Spain, the series featured props and vehicles utilized in big budget World War II films, which gave the show a visual authenticity.

Episodes are presented in Full Screen with English audio and English and Spanish subtitles. There are no extras.

The Magnificent Seven - Chronicling both seasons of the action western series and based on the 1960 film classic from legendary director John Sturges, “The Magnificent Seven” captures the adventures of seven diverse and heroic gunmen hired to protect the citizens of a small frontier town. Starring Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Andrew Kavovit, Dale Midkiff, Anthony Starke, Rick Worthy, Ron Perlman and Laurie Holden, “The Magnificent Seven” series ran from 1998 to 2000.

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