Sure the original came out in the 30s but I like this one since its more dramatic and in colour! I've had this film on VHS, DVD, download 'cough!' and at the moment I am watching it on Netflix. What is amazing about the version on Netflix, is that there are so many cut scenes in it which did not appear in either VHS, DVD formats! I don't want to post any spoilers, but there are certain scenes which add up why Himmelstoss was despised so much. There are scenes where you learn far more about the characters and their motives why they enlisted. Ive not read the book yet, but its next on my list after seeing this version of the film.