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Aguirre - Wrath of God [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305972761
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,829 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 20 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Aguirre, the Wrath of God, is Herzog's ultimate jungle adventure, continuing on from the trancelike and hypnotic Fata Morgana and Signs of Life (which aren't necessarily jungle films, but do have a similar approach to the strange and the exotic), whilst simultaneously prefiguring the more traditional narratives of Fitzcaralldo and Cobra Verde. It also has certain similarities to Chris Marker's excellent film Sans Soliel, with the combination of mystical realism and otherworldly forces, alongside an almost documentary approach to the art of filmmaking. Like Marker's film, Herzog takes the viewer on a journey, not only into the Peruvian jungle, but also back in time, to the days of the Spanish conquistadors, and deep into the heart of darkness. He introduces us to a collection of characters that will be our guide throughout the film, but, despite this, we're never really allowed to learn anything about them. To Herzog, their personalities are unimportant... to him, the film is about something deeper; it's about greed, it's about brutality, it's about obsession, and ultimately, it's about the corruption of the human soul.
Right from the start we are captivated by the haunting and hypnotic mood that the filmmaker creates; with the film beginning on a close-up-detail of an enormous mountain peak, partially shrouded by mist. The evocative music of Popol Vuh then drifts in as our eyes focus on a small band of adventurers and their guides making their way down the side of the gigantic, monolithic rock... disappearing beyond the horizon, only to reappear on the other side. Here, as Herzog establishes the notion of nature as a symbolic obstacle or uncontrollable force, he also sets up a sense of eventual foreshadowing of that climactic image and the theme of man against nature.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 5 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
I first saw Aguirre: Wrath of God in August 2005. I had heard a lot of good things about it and I was looking forward to watching it as I had an interest in that period of history. I must admit that at first I was disappointed, and after having watched the film I left it on the shelf until earlier this year when I decided to give it another go.
The second time round I enjoyed it a lot more, but it should be noted that this film is certainly not for everyone.

The plot is based very loosely on the Francisco Orellana's journey down the Amazon River in the 1540s. In this version of the tale Gonzalo Pizzaro's expedition to find El Dorado, the city of gold, ends in disaster. The conquistadors have spent many fruitless weeks pushing cannons and heavy equipment through deep, dark and impenetrable rainforest with nothing to show for their troubles. Before the expedition heads home Pizzaro decides to take one last gamble. He orders Pedro de Ursua to take a small band of explorers further down the amazon basin on water rafts. His second in command is Don Lope de Aguirre, a shifty and aggressive character who haunts the others in the background, constantly looming over them like a beast. It isn't long before Aguirre begins to show his true colours. He hijacks the expedition and orders the conquistadors to push on and on until they find and plunder El Dorado. Blinded by his lust for gold, and growing increasingly paranoid and insane, he threatens to lead his men to destruction.

The plot seems very simplistic but it is often rich in symbolism, with some interesting themes on delusion, greed and megalomania. At other times you can just marvel at the terrific looking rainforest, or gawp at some of the more surreal scenes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Anderson on 22 May 2006
Format: DVD
This film is now commonly viewed as Werner Herzog's international breakthrough. Which unfortunately is another myth that has sprung up around the film. Lauded and adored by critics and academia perhaps, the general cinema going public were and still remain unaware of Herzog's work. But it certainly is a creative breakthrough and the reasons for this, is that by Herzog standards this is a very conventional piece of story-telling. It is replete with action, conspiracy, adventure and danger and from a narrative perspective owes a good deal of debt to classic Hollywood adventure films. Where it differs is in Herzog's own unique lexicon of film language, his use of camera, editing and soundtrack combine to give the film a documentary feel. This often works in an opposite way in Herzog's cinema as well, with his documentaries having the heightened, fantastical lucidity of a fictional narrative. The film also highlighted to a wider audience Herzog's propensity to take risks and the efforts he goes to in order to achieve the `ecstatic truth' he has sought throughout his career. In AGUIRRE this is best represented by the breathtaking opening sequence.

This film also establishes the twin themes that have been present throughout Herzog's work since, that of colonialist expansion and the effect of western civilisation on the African continent and the exploration of dreams. In this case the dreams of AGUIRRE are negative and fuelled by a slowly burgeoning insanity. And a major delight of this film is KLAUS KINSKI'S towering performance of scheming malevolence. Rarely has an actor dominated a film quite as much.
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