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All Quiet On The Western Front [DVD]

Richard Thomas , Ernest Borgnine , Delbert Mann    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: Erich Maria Remarque, Paul Monash
  • Producers: Martin Starger, Norman Rosemont, Ron Carr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R82W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Taken from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front is a devastating portrait of a small group of German soldiers during World War I. In this 1979 made-for-TV version the star-studded cast is lead by Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Paul Baumer, strongly supported by screen veterans Ernest Borgnine, Ian Holm and Patricia Neal. As both narrator and star, Thomas occasionally seems to reincarnate his familiar John-Boy persona, but does at least succeed in creating a character that has more levels than his television alter ego. After watching all of his high school buddies loose their lives, Paul returns home a changed man, conflicted in his feelings about the Army and war, and altered from an idealistic schoolboy into a fearful and humble veteran.

Although Lewis Milestone's 1930 films remains the cinema's definitive version, director Delbert Mann (Desire Under the Elms, Marty) has done a workmanlike job bringing the novel to the screen. The scenery and costuming in this period piece are well done, and surely contributed to its winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Made for TV. Also exceptional are the cinematography and special effects that, while realistically gruesome, truly emphasise the horrors of war. --Zachary Lively, Amazon.com

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Taken from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front is a devastating portrait by Delbert Mann (Desire Under the Elms, Marty) of a small group of German soldiers throughout the World War I. The star-studded cast is headed by Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Paul Baumer, and includes such award-winning actors as Ernest Borgnine, Ian Holm, and Patricia Neal. As both narrator and star, Thomas occasionally seems to reincarnate his familiar John-Boy persona, but creates a character that has many more levels than that television alter ego. Watching Paul as he watches all of his high school buddies die is a highly emotional experience. He returns to his home a different person, conflicted in his feelings about the Army and war, evolving from an idealistic schoolboy to a fearful and humble veteran. The scenery and costuming in this period piece are well done, and surely contributed to its winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Made for TV. Also contributing to the greatness of the film are the exceptional cinematography and special effects that, while realistically gruesome, truly emphasize the horrors of war. --Zachary Lively


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine adaptation on its own merits 6 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although often dismissed - usually by those who haven't seen it - the1979 version of All Quiet On the Western Front is surprisingly impressive and well worth a look. Originally made for American television as one of a slew of superior adaptations of classic novels by producer Norman Rosemont that also included The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, this earned a theatrical release outside the US and certainly stood up admirably on the bigger screen.

Unlike the 1931 version, this version follows the flashback structure of Remarque's novel much more closely and provides a slightly different ending (because it was a new adaptation of the novel rather than a remake of the Universal film, they couldn't use the butterfly ending invented for the 1930 film), but still retains much of its power. The cast is starrier but good - Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Patricia Neal and Ian Holm are all memorable - the attack sequences are well staged and the ugliness and daily horrors of life in rat-infested trenches are portrayed with more discomforting realism than you'd expect for 70s US TV. Indeed, footage from them has even crept into historical documentaries over the years. It may not be as great and enduring a piece of filmmaking at Lewis Milestone's version, but it's still a forceful and worthwhile adaptation.

The version currently available on DVD in the UK is the theatrical release, which is slightly shorter than the US TV version. The German DVD includes both the two-and-a-half hour TV version and the feature film version with English soundtrack option (though here are synch problems with the German soundtrack).
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WW1 movie ever, best TV movie ever 13 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
The most brilliant aspect of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' is the way in which the film remains strictly faithful to the wonderful novel of the same name, creating complexity of the war experience through a duality of the main character's emotional journey and the in-your-face horror of life in the trenches. Director Delbert Mann did such a great job with re-creating the battlefield that this film has become standard educational material for schoolchildren learning about 'The Great War.'
What is almost as remarkable is that this was a made-for-TV film, a category which usually guarantees lower than cinema quality. Not here. With a generous budget Mann and his team have recreated as close as possible the repugnance and terror of war on an epic scale, and imbued it was a cast of stars including Donald Pleasance, Richard Thomas, Ian Holm, and Mann's old sparring partner from their Oscar winning classic Marty, Ernest Borgnine.
The First World War has never been as accurately and as effectively depicted in film as the Second, but this classic effort, which remains one of the best kept secrets of the movies, deserves much great er exposure, especially given the fact that the last veterans of this terrible conflict as passing away, and given world circumstances the old adage of this being "the war to end all wars" seems more laughable than ever. Classic viewing, couldn't reccomend it highly enough. It's the story of a young man coming to terms with a vicious reality previously shrouded in a jingoistic myth, so even those with a dislike of history or military film genres can enjoy this epic. Lest we forget.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Transfer to Blu Ray of a Classic story 16 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I had this Film on DVD which for some reason failed to include 5 small and to me very important scenes in the version that i had on VHS,i am glad to say that these 5 removed scenes are now incorporated back into this Blu Ray version.The Transfer to Blu Ray is very good and certainly makes this Film look new and fresh.The first omitted scene where the over enthusiastic school boys jostle and belittle the infamous Corporal Himmelstoss (Sir Ian Holm)will shed some light on the corporals hatred for Paul Baumer and his class of "Fine Young Gentlemen".The Second Scene shows the burial of german dead,the 3rd scene shows the tired and worn out German soldiers lining up to get their rations after coming out of the line..this scene has been somewhat extended in the Blu Ray version scene 4 shows the French soldiers employing Flamethrowers (as first used by the Germans at Verdun),the last scene shows the Battalion on parade recieving their medals from the Kaiser..some of this scene is shown on the DVD version but not in its entirety.I have always rated this Film as one of my top 5 war films,and now having it on Blu Ray is certainly doing the Film proper justice.The cast are all very good and the battle scenes are very,very,convincing,as is the scene of Paul Baumer and his comrades actuallymeeting and speaking to French girls after they (the men) have been brutalised by war.This is one film where you can actually feel real empathy for the characters.A sad and poignant film,but a must watch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, but..... 26 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine play good parts in this re-make of All Quiet on The Western Front. The accents are hard to deal with however, and despite near misses in the trenches and attacks, the feel of the film on The Western Front did not hit home with me. I would strongly recommend all to consider the original oscar winning black and white 1930's version of this film which is without doubt the best ever made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a german view of WW1
A good colour remake of the original film. Highly recommended to show to older school children in the coming year as part of their 100 year anniversary studies.
Published 4 months ago by D. N. Pinder
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumpy
It is a good film, but the disc stops quite a lot, as if there is a scratch on it.
Published 5 months ago by Christine Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good War Film
Great delivery service as always, good price arrived well on time will use this seller again, Keep up the good work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality
This film is fantastic because of its gritty realism, my students were absorbed in some of the scenes I showed them after attempting to explain the conditions in World War 1. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Luthilu
5.0 out of 5 stars All Quiet on the Western Front
Nostalgic viewing for a friend. I watched it some time back and thought it was really worth re-watching. Read more
Published 12 months ago by maz
4.0 out of 5 stars good war film
excelent film well presented, Good portrail of 1st world war. Well worth the money, WOULD Recomend if you like war films one not to miss.
Published 12 months ago by PHILIP SPENCER
5.0 out of 5 stars All quiet on the Western Front
A well made and thought provoking film, which emphasis's the futility of war. It stayed true to the original black and white version made much earlier. Good.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to see both
Reminded me of the first 1930 version one so bought that as well, more than satified with all my purchases
Published 13 months ago by Ron Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes - if you have never seen the original!
This is one of those re-makes which you should only watch if you have never seen the original. Watch it, enjoy and THEN go to the original, which is without doubt a true classic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Danny der Rote
1.0 out of 5 stars JUST AWFUL
Don't waste your money or time on this twaddle ...just watch the original and forget all about this so called remake ... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Colin Powis
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