I'm not even sure why it is supposed to be so bad. As I understand it:
- It cost a lot to make - most expensive movie ever made at the time. But, hey, that doesn't increase my ticket price, and believe me, when he sends a whole house sliding off a cliff, you can see every penny spent. (Sorry, I meant to say -SPOILER-.)
- The plot was a mish-mash of semi-connected stories. Just like a thousand other movies, including Spielberg's Close Encounters.
- It has Eddie Deezen in it. Ok, good point - no, wait, I like Eddie Deezen. He does a ventriloquist act... Ok, good point.
- It's just a bunch of things blowing up. See, that's why I like it.
Instead of all that, I'll just mention that this DVD was a new cut, with about 20 additional minutes. I'm not sure they added that much. One of the scenes, the arrival of a black soldier (Frank MacRae) and the greeting he gets from racist John Candy is pretty distasteful - especially Candy's Curly Howard imitation. Overall, I think the added material adds to much slack to an already rambling story. But maybe I'm wrong. I guess I need to see the version they released in theaters - where I saw it first, in 1979, before I heard the reviews.
OK, maybe Raiders of the Lost Ark was better, but 1941 is at least the second greatest Spielberg ever.