I have all 5 seasons of Combat! but I haven't viewed any from S5 yet; just got them this week.
I might be wrong on this one, but I'm a member of the Combat! forum and there are very knowledgeable members at that site, one member which worked with Image on getting the DVD's released (his name appears on one of the S1 DVD's ("TommyGun" is his 'net handle. He and I have traded some e-mails in the past). Anyway, I might be risking some "rath" of fellow HTF'ers here but it's my understanding that the previous season's releases S1 thru 4) are "time-compressed" (at least some of them are) but they are not the syndicated versions (in this case, syndicated means edited/incomplete footage as compared to the originally-aired episodes). I grew up watching this series and from what I've seen so far (I'm currently watching S2), it appears to me that this is true (no cut eps). Now, I'm the first to admit that I'm not the Combat! series expert that some of the Combat! forum members are, in particular, "T-Gun" (real name Steve Dawes from Omaha, NE), but it appears to me that this is the case with the S1-4 releases. As for the "time-compressed" issue, that's another story. That issue was debated in the Combat! forum a few months ago with great interest
to me, that is. I learned some things about "Lexiconing" (the industry term for time-compression), and from what I read on the forum (some of the members work in the video/DVD production industry), Lexiconing does not remove any of the footage but speeds it up to allow the entities that broadcast the series in syndication to add commercial time. I'm not advocating Lexiconing, but (to me) it's a different issue than the "Darth Vader" of TV/DVD's...the "cut ep" issue.
A request before anyone posts replies: "Please don't shoot the messenger"
I am relaying information that was told to me by the Combat! forum members, as well as checking (as I view them) to see if I can detect any cut-eps. So far I haven't seen this. Most of the Combat! forum members, needless to say, have aleady viewed the entire series up to S5. I haven't heard of any cut-eps detected. I haven't posted on the Combat! forum in a while and I'm behind in visiting the forum so I'll check on the cut-ep issue and post here when I get a chance (Murphy's Law #10373: The Yahoo server's acting up at the moment so I/m delayed in accessing the site at present