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Auschwitz [DVD]


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Product details

  • Actors: Arved Birnbaum, Nik Goldman
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XWJ1C4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Echoing the sentiments of Schindler s List, Auschwitz is a hard-hitting but respectful war film which shows life as it really was at the death camp. Including documentary footage, controversial German director Uwe Boll (Rampage, Darfur) says 50% of the German population doesn't know anything about the Holocaust. When I realized that there were many people who deny the Holocaust, or who had a distorted point of view about it, I decided to make this movie and get straight to the point, without any metaphors.

Customer Reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By T on 4 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
I picked this up in a store during a recent portcall. It's been abandoned to the ship's DVD library...

I didn't notice it was by Uwe Boll, else alarms would have rung and I'd have left it on the shelf. Like others, I thought it was going to be a proper movie, probably in the docu-drama genre. Well, it is a bit - once you get past the "interviews" with the surprisingly holocaust-ignorant German teenagers (I say "surprising" because, to the best of my knowledge, the holocaust is a non-negotiable part of the German curriculum, and holocaust denial is a criminal offence) you get a "docu-drama" of a day-in-the-life of the death camps, from the train arrival to the gassing. Apart from the poor direction and the even poorer script there are loads of inaccuracies. In the main, this seems to be a vehicle to indulge some sort of desire to get as many sets of male and female genitalia of a variety of ages in shot, which is where a glaring error reveals itself insofar as Brazilian waxing wasn't a thing of the time!!

But, really, that's a minor thing when it comes to the plethora of other "licenses" taken with history. From the moment the train pulls in they start to add up. In one brief clip some of the prisoners are seen dismounting a carriage, when prisoners were transported standing-room-only in cattle trucks, with the carriage in the train being provided for the guards. As the train arrives, a private soldier is smoking on the platform in an army where discipline was strict and smoking on duty was a no-no in the Wehrmacht let alone the SS. The commandant addresses soldiers with uniforms bearing SS flashes as "fahnrich" and "leutnant," when the SS equivalent ranks are "standartenjunker" and "untersharfuhrer" respectively.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 25 July 2011
Format: DVD
Not only is this film highly inaccurate, its really badly acted, badly scripted and put together. Its something and really rubbish amateur film student would do.

I have watched nearly everything regarding this subject and I can confirm this is the worst, most stupidest film I've ever seen.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Neilscot on 25 July 2011
Format: DVD
Well I was expecting a war film. This was more like a badly put together documentary with poor acting, factually incorrect, infact a bit of an insult to the memory of those who died there. I can only agree with most of the other reviews and i certainly would not advise you to waste your money on this "film".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beppo on 28 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
It certainly didn't live up to expectations, it's just a few people acting out what happened in Auschwitz and interviews with school children in Germany about what they know of The Holocaust, I don't recommend it..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Blackman on 20 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film didn't really show the horrors of the Death camps we didn't feel as shocked with this film as others we have watched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Potgieter on 4 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Like other reviews, this film is one which was withdrawn from sale by many UK retailers for its sick adaptation and pitiful attempt to portray one of mans most tragic events. It is not even historically accurate.

AVOID it and save your money.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wilson on 16 July 2011
Format: DVD
This DVD was recommended to me via amazon because i had purchased similar products before. I am one of a small number of people on planet Earth who had never heard of Uwe Boll. Alas, i have heard of him now. Thanks alot amazon. The film looks like it was made at a 1950's English National Service Barrack and contains none of the haunting image of Auschwitz Death Camp. The german children interviewed at the start and the end of the film must have come from the stupidist area of german education in order to add controversy to the topic. Avoid this dvd at all cost. I have since watching this dvd disposed of it in the rubbish bin. To donate it to a charity shop for resale would have been insulting to the particular charity.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SimonK on 15 July 2011
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This is the worst film ever made about WW2 and the Holocaust. It's probably been shot at a farmhouse somewhere, no resemblance to Auschwitz whatsoever. The scenes are ridiculous, acting is dreadful. They didn't even bother with hiring enough extras to fill up a train cart and the gas chamber. It all looks like a field trip that ended up a bit badly.

Uwe Boll apparently wanted to raise awareness about the Holocaust with the younger generations in Germany, but has blundered monstrously. This is a joke, and instead of raising awareness it raises your lunch. In my case, it was just some yoghurt, but bad enough nevertheless.

As noble as Uwe Boll's intentions might be, please use some quality cinema on the topic and numerous "genuine" documentaries. There's a lot of those about, high-quality and accurate ones, so just chuck this one out immediately. In case you were stupid enough to cough up some cash for this joke. I was, for one.
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