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Attack On Leningrad [DVD] [2009]

Mira Sorvino , Gabriel Byrne , Alexander Buravsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne
  • Directors: Alexander Buravsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00428CCES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A soaring, action-packed journey of heroism and sacrifice as one crusading journalist desperately fights to uncover the horrors buried within the infamous Nazi siege of Leningrad in the savage winter of 1941. At the height of World War II, journalist Kate Davis becomes trapped within the devastated city of Leningrad. Seperated from her lover, American writer Philip Parker, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova, a member of the Leningrad militia who provides refuge for those escaping those horrors of war that have come so close to home. With the enemy's grip closing ever tighter on the war-ravaged city, stray bullets and catastrophic bombing raids a daily peril, this makeshift band of survivors must battle to stay alive and fight for the ultimate prize: their freedom. An epic story, inspired by true events, featuring an acclaimed, award-winning cast, this is the tale of the tragedy that befell Leningrad: at over 800 days, it was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. Special Features: Heroes Under Seige - go behind the challenging production of this intricate, stunningly detailed and epic recreation of one of history's most infamous and gripping conflicts. An Epic Vision - an exclusive interview with the director on how he brought the impact of WWII's most devastating seige to life.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who did the sub-titles? 19 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
The plot was great, the special effects were good, the acting was good. The whole thing was let down by the post production. Much of the movie takes place outside and in the snow. Whoever decided to make the sub titles white wasn't thinking. Several scenes were completely wasted on me because I don't speak Russian and the sub titles disappeared into the background.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely uninvolving 24 Feb 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are plenty of action scenes in this film about the siege of Leningrad (rather than 'the attack on'), but it frequently slows down into strange dialogues delivered by a bewildering number of people. The role of some of these characters in the whole, is not always obvious. The almost unreadable sub-titles certainly don't help to define what they are going on about, and I also seem to detect some dodgy dubbing, notably on the main character 'Kate Davis' who appears to be speaking in a rather lifeless voice.

The film delivers a chilling portrayal of a city under siege and there are strong scenes of life - and death - in the cold, windy streets. Many of these scenes seem to have been re-created from period documentaries. However, for some strange reason all German bombing raids appear to be carried out by Messerschmitt 109 fighters, visibly carrying no bombs! Since these scenes are computer animated anyway, one should think it would not have been to difficult to show Luftwaffe bomber aircraft instead. At least it would have been more authentic. The characters also look remarkably healthy throughout, even if starvation is a big issue and actually took several hundred thousand lives in Leningrad during the siege.

It is not a bad war film as such, but I found it strangely uninvolving.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good history lesson 15 Mar 2010
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There is a split around this film with reviewers and I can see why, I initially felt this film was plodding a bit too slow, but it does try to deal with what was one of the worst sieges in modern history, in terms of the human casualties. Then it gets things historically wrong, such as using Mescherscmitt ME 109's to carry out the bombing (without bombs in the under carriage) which is just rubbish and was done using CGI so they could have done a real bomber. The characcters do lack real development, but there are some good performances, ostensibly by the children and everyone does look too well fed, but it might be asking a bit much of 'extras' to go without food for 6 months just for arts sake.

They did finally deal with the alleged canibalism and also the activities of the NKVD, but it did feel a little too revisionist with feigns at the emotional heart tug scenario, which just failed to come off - Schindlers List this most certainly is not. That said one of the reviewers here has said that 'Enemy at the gates' is a betteer film, I beg to differ as it has that talentless clothes horse Jude Law ruining an above adequate plot and is so historically inaccurate that it could have been written by the Polit Bureaus propaganda department. If you want a good real Russian WWII film try 'Star'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unengaging Horrors of War XXXX 28 Jun 2010
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, "Attack on Leningrad" is a very misleading title. Long drawn siege would be better. The action scene on the cover is also very misleading. At the start there is a battle scene redone from "Enemy at the Gates" and some CGI Aircraft bombing but that is only for about 15 minutes of the whole movie, this certainly is no "battle movie". More accurate would be to have Mira Sorvino lying in a bed huddling to children trying to stay warm.

This is a Russian film trying to bring the story of Leningrad to life with a cliche script exploiting on some sort of "Horrors of War porn" without brining anything new or even being interesting. Into the plot are drawn a myriad of characters with thin and uninteresting stories and a sub plot about the Stalin regime. Added to this a completely unneccessary view from the German side and a love story.

On the whole the film felt as if it was trying so hard to cater to everyone and completely forgot to be interesting for someone.

Not that the siege of Leningrad isn't worthy of a good story. It certainly is. Its just that this story isn't good, just moves along in an unengaging way. Possibly worth watching but hardly a keeper and even then it is never a must see.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real letdown! 9 Mar 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Purchased the movie on Blu-Ray after watching the trailer. Thinking it looked like a brilliant move i was sorely disappointed.

I am a big WW2 movie buff, have a solid 100 movies based in this genre. This one wont be making my long-term pile.
The 'big' actors in the movie were out-acted by the child actors (never a good sign in a movie). The main actors in the film were completely timid and flat. Bryne was in it for a grand total of about 7 minutes, so God only knows why he has his name plastered allover the movies advertising.
The cinematoraphy was awful, the true impact of the time the movie was focusing on was not absorbed into the makeup of the film. I agree with the other chap. For people who were starving, the actors in the movie looked overfed!

Easily the worst movie Sorvino has ever taken part in. Sometimes it showed as she looked quite bored...

To the other people who say this is one of the best WW2 movies they have ever seen. I suggest you check out movies such as 'Dresden', 'Enemy At The Gates' and 'Downfall'... Movies such as these make this movie look like the tat it is!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A peek into the Russian soul
Negative reviewers of this film are being a little picky, I think.
This is a film made by a Russian team, so you cannot judge it fairly using anglophone cultural... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MissionBill
4.0 out of 5 stars Biographic Drama
The film was ok it was more of a biographic drama than a war film set in the backdrop of Lenningrad in 1940's
Published 1 month ago by staples2
4.0 out of 5 stars The siege of Lenningrad. Based on a true story
This is a film I really enjoyed about an émigré journalist who returns to Russia to report on the war for the Allies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BlackDog661
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping part of history
This is not for those who like their viewing sugar coated. However, if you are looking for a view of history not in the usual catalogue of 'war films' then this is for you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janet Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
First class response to my order, realistic price ....will use this dealer again.. great film , a shame Star Wars are not on single disc would buy them .
Published 9 months ago by leo
3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Mel Brooks could probably get a 'Producers' in reverse story out of the making of 'Attack on Leningrad'. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Barry Wom
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of action
Most of the action comes early on in film with the main theme being about the conditions endured does have a story to it but wuold not watch again
Published 13 months ago by boxtin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penney
better than I expected I will watch over and over. The video is very gritty and realistic just as I like it.
Published 13 months ago by Frances Jean McClenaghan
2.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
not as advertised.........i returned my copy because it was damaged,and it was not in english,and there was no provision to get english soundtrack(not in english as advertised)
Published 14 months ago by Leo Tumeth
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
i was amazed at how quick this arrived was pleased with the price would order again for this site great
Published 15 months ago by Jean Glenn
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