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Attack On Leningrad [DVD] [2009]


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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00428CCES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,977 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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kirby Browning on 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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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Rasmussen on 19 July 2013
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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. It is a graphic depiction of one of the most brutal sieges in history. The devastation caused by continual bombardment, the starvation of the citizens and the desperation some went to to stay alive is all too vividly portrayed. Put this in a background of snow, ice and freezing conditions without the means of providing heating and you will have a fairly clear idea of what you get. I recommend it for an adult audience.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By B. Olsen on 24 Feb 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. jackson on 2 Sep 2014
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There is a lot of criticism of the subtitles. This is unjustified . I did not have any problems reading them . The lead characters are speaking in English anyway and the plot is straightforward . The horror of Leningrad is implied but the story is about the relationships forged by the main characters - a journalist and a cop ( both women ) in what was a desperate situation . It is a tale of resilience in the face of an extreme adversity we will never know. There is a sub-plot about the journalist being a descendant of a Czarist general and therefore an English spy but this is irrelevant to the main thrust of the drama which is in all but name a love story. The title of the film is simply LENINGRAD. It wasn't a battle but a tale of survival. At the end I sat in silence watching the credits with my own thoughts.
Do not be put off. This is a step above the average offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. K. on 28 Oct 2014
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The movie is surprisingly good. What's especially interesting about it, is that Germans are playing Germans, Russians are playing Russians and English are playing English, and so they speak clearly, with no accent.

The movie is quite deep. People making uneasy decisions, sacrificing their lives and lives of loved ones. The psychology behind the motives is so true, that it corrodes the filters between viewer and action. I haven't seen so immersive film for ages.

One thing that I didn't like - there is, in fact, not a single F-word in the whole film, spoken. But quite a few in subtitles. An example - when Russian officer is standing with grenade against the German tank. He is saying - "You didn't scare me". English translation - "F... you!". Basically, translation from both Russian and German is quite free.

A moment that amazed me was the episode with Russian actor Alexander Abdulov. He appeared in the film, smoking a cigarette. Nothing special, unless you know that he died a year before the release of the movie, from lung cancer. I know him from some other brilliant movies, like other Russian star actors who participated in this film, but since I didn't follow his filmography, I couldn't expect his appearance, and it was a light shock.

Speaking about shock, there is a lot of it, since siege of St. Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad) took more lives than Hiroshima and Nagasaki together. Unfortunately, there was no fantasy in horrors you'll witness, but they all are rather psychological, with no gore. Some of them you won't see in other movies.

I highly recommend to view this whether or not you like the genre. Simply for educational purposes.
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