Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Act of Valor

 Ever since the Super Bowl, there has been one commercial stuck in my head and it was the trailer for Act of Valor.  I couldn't wait for my chance to see this movie.  Before seeing Act of Valor, I did something I don’t normally do.  I read a couple of reviews.  I don’t usually read reviews before seeing a movie because it can make you go into a movie close minded.  In each of the reviews, I read the acting was poor and it was more of a recruitment video than a movie.  I’m no Hollywood critic, but I thought this movie was great and is definitely a one-of-a-kind war movie with never before seen action sequences.  Now if you were expecting these guys to come in from duty and act like Mel Gibson in Braveheart than yeah, you’re going to be disappointed, but this is the kind of movie that shouldn’t be judged on typical movie standards.  These are real life Navy SEALs. These are the men who killed Osama Bin Laden and took down Somali Pirates like it was a walk in the park, so being able to actually see these guys in action makes it well worth seeing.

The action was amazing as expected.  With the use of live gun-fire, first-person POV shooter camera angles and an interesting story line, the movie gives us a taste of their crazy and honorable lives.  One minute they’re at the beach having a nice bon-fire with their family and friends, the next minute they’re dropped into some of the most dangerous circumstances you can possibly imagine.  The SEALS are sent into the Philippines to save a woman who has been captured by a terrorist group. Her rescue directs the Seals to a source where they discover a terrorist plot beyond belief. The terrorist plot revolves around them sending a dozen people on suicide missions into major cities in the United States. They’ll be armed with undetectable bombs with massive destructive power.  The SEALS mission is to track down the leaders of the group and stop the people from entering the U.S.

The tactics the SEALS use is what makes this movie really standout from other war movies I’ve seen in the past.  Last year, when Navy SEAL Team 6 raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound and took out America’s most wanted, everyone wanted to know…how in the world did they do it?  This movie shows the genius tactics they use in real-life war situations and makes you really glad they’re on your side.  One false move and the whole team could be in trouble.  You kill a man and his body makes too much noise hitting the ground, the whole mission could be a failure.  It’s the little details they pay attention to in this movie that makes it truly incredible. 

I gave Act of Valor 4 out of 5 stars.  I got what I wanted out of seeing this movie and that was to get an authentic look at how the Navy SEALs operate, fight, and interrogate (there is a great Q&A scene with terrorist and real SEAL debriefer.)    If you’re into war movies this is a must see on the big screen.

Peter Azzarone @ Rothco 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Rothco Review: On our Gen III Silkweight and Grid Fleece Underwear

 Rothco's Military ECWCS Generation III Underwear

Watch sales manager Hans Blechschmidt review Rothco's Military ECWCS Gen III Silkweight & Grid Fleece Underwear. This video also features a demo on the incredible moisture wicking capabilities of theses military undergarments. Find the complete line of Rothco's Military ECWCS Generation III and Generation II Underwear online here.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rothco's Greatest Giveaway Is Still Going On

One of our fan's will be $500 richer soon!
It's been little over a month since we launch Rothco's "Most Extreme Place You've Been in Rothco Gear" contest and we have seen some pretty amazing photos. From the deserts of Africa to the Hills of Kentucky, this contest has proven one thing for sure, our fans are everywhere and have done some amazing things in Rothco gear!

The coolest part about this contest is that there is still about one month left for people to submit their photo.  The contest will run till March 12th, which according to my calculations still gives everyone over 20 days to take a pic and upload it to our contest page.  

To enter Rothco's Extreme Places Contest is simple, just follow these quick and easy steps.

     1.  Put on some Rothco Gear (item is up to your discretion) 
     2.  Find a friend to take a pic (or a camera with a timer)
     3. Click on this link www.Rothco.com/Contest
     4. Fill out the form
     5. Upload the pictures from your camera 
And now you are five steps closer to winning a $500 Rothco Shopping Spree. Good Luck!!!

Kristy Dineen|Digital Marketing Manager|Rothco

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

All That Dazzles...History of Camo Part III

Now that's a custom paint job!
Confusing Camouflage...A brief review of one of history most interesting camos.

At first sight, the thought of calling this camouflage seems wrong. By definition camouflage is meant to hind and disguise objects. But the purpose behind this innovative warfare was to confuse not conceal.

The idea of "Dazzle Camouflage" or as it was known in the U.S "Razzle Dazzle" was created by a British artist and naval officer, Norman Wilkinson, during World War I. The complex pattern of geometric shapes and colors made it difficult to estimate the direction and speed of the ship. Therefore, U-Boat commanders would become confused when observing the course and speed of their target. Early in World War I, ships were individually painted with unique patterns but as the war progress, standardized patterns were adapted. In 1919, Wilkinson can be quoted as stating.

"The primary object of this scheme was not so much to cause the enemy to miss his shot when actually in firing position, but to mislead him, when the ship was first sighted, as to the correct position to take up." 

These dazzling effects could be found on ships throughout WWI and WWII on both U.S and foreign ships but as radar technology improved and aircraft's became more advanced, the need for this disguised became obsolete by the end of World War II. While these methods of camouflage where never proven to work, you can find traces of dazzle camo effects in today's modern world. Many car companies when building prototype cars, paint their new models in this form of camouflage, thus disguising its new "curves" and features. So while we won't be seeing this form of camouflage on Navy Ships anytime soon, who knows what other applications it might have? Perhaps even a new style of B.D.U's?
A modern interpenetration of Dazzle Camo

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Rothco's Military Combat Shirts

Made for comfort, worn for protection, Rothco's Military Combat Shirts are perfect for military and tactical personnel to wear in the field. They are perfect to wear under hot and heavy tactical vests and body armor. Rothco's combat shirts are made of a no melt, drip resistant fabric rated to withstand heat up to 230 F. The military combat shirts are also lightweight and breathable that wicks away moisture and keeping you dry. Available from Small to 3XL and in 5 colors including Black, Army Digital Camo, Woodland Camo, Desert Digital Camo, O.D and 2 new colors coming in Fall 2012 Woodland & Khaki.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

It Ain't Easy Being Green

A short history into one of America's most classic toys.

You have probably played with one, once or twice in your life, perhaps even blew one up with a firecracker but have you ever thought about the history behind one of America's most classic toys?

Almost 75 years ago the first American plastic army men started to be manufactured. Originally manufactured by a company call Beton, they were painted like their metal figure originators. It wasn't until after WWII, these men took on the classic green style they are known for today. 

By the 1950's the popularity of these toys started to really take off, soon companies started to create play-sets and additional figurines like farmers, cowboys, and policemen. At the height of their popularity in the 1960's, the Army men were being sold for about a penny a piece. It was also during this time these green men took on different colors to represent opposing armies. French was designated Blue, British/Khaki, German/Grey and Japanese/Yellow.

By the 1970's the toys interest did start to fade due to the rising cost of plastic and the backlash of the Vietnam War. But 40 years later these classic toys can still be found in every kid's toy collection. They might stick out against their iPads, Wii's and Lego Sets but never the less a part of most children's childhood.

Some Fun Facts: 
  • Time Magazine named these toys #13 on the 100 all time greatest toys 
  • They stand about 2.2 inches tall 
  • These toys came to life in 1995's Toy Story 
  • There is an edible version 
  • Usually sold in two colors representing opposing sides 
  • Are considered "Toys" not "Models"  
  • Usually sold in plastic bags or buckets
  • Most commonly modeled after an American Solider with a M1 Steel Helmet
By: Kristy Dineen @ Rothco

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