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Baader Meinhof Complex [Blu-ray] [Region A] [US Import]

Martina Gedeck , Moritz Bleibtreu , Uli Edel    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl
  • Directors: Uli Edel
  • Writers: Uli Edel, Bernd Eichinger, Stefan Aust
  • Producers: Alessandro Passadore, Bernd Eichinger, Christine Rothe, Manuel Cuotemoc Malle
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y11Q0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), and Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Movie 3 April 2009
By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic retelling of Stefan Aust's book about the 1970's West German left wing group the Red Army Faction. The book itself is a fresh retelling of a time that many are aware of, but few are fully informed about - previous books tended towards bias to one side or the other, this at least gives a sense of balance.

This translates well in the film and although inevitably the rebellious RAF are more glamorous than the police they aren't portrayed as heroes, and much of your interpretation will be down to an individual point of view. Overall the film has an air of documentary and as it's based on actual events it can feel quite chaotic at times.

The acting is extremely good quality, in particular Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek are sensational, the direction is effective in cutting between new and archive footage, and the budget on large scenes has been well spent, giving a feel of a big-budget action movie.

The screenplay brilliantly portrayed the way the mindset of the RAF developed as they became more and more convinced they were living in a police state. In spite of the violence and repression being depicted, I was reassured by the fact that such thought provoking films can and are being made for today's cinema audiences.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary history that you should know about 28 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
If you were around in the UK in the 70s you'll have heard of the Red Army Faction/Baader Meinhof Group from regular news bulletins on the BBC. But the effect on German life was never apparent from these snippets on UK news programmes that had their hands full with domestic terrorism in Northern Ireland.

While I heartily recommend you read Stephan Aust's book of the same name and upon which the film is based, it's not at all necessary (although I feel sure that once you see the film you'll want to know more anyway).

Buy this movie because it's a really well made film. The action cracks along and it never tries to moralise and the characters are played with sympathy and understanding. It in no way glorifies the terrorists' actions, although it does try to explain the positions of the various characters and organisations and what drove them to act as they did.

But perhaps the most arresting thing that comes from the movie is the fact that during a long period of their reign of terror, throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, the Badder Meinhof Group enjoyed significant popular support. There are many of reasons for this that I wouldn't try to explain here but watch the movie and see what you think.

Great film with a couple of excellent extras (especially the one on the making of the movie and the film-makers efforts to reproduce historically accurate scenes). It's the most interesting film I've seen in years.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... 24 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I live around the corner from the scene of the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg at the Deutsch Opera in Berlin in 1967. This film brings a history to me that I can't imagine. Like most British people, my main image of German history is of the pre-1945 era. Since then they have gone through the Cold War, which is what their own image of German history is clouded by, and also the student terrorism movement. It turned out that Ohnesorg's murder should be a film story in itself, now that the police officer who shot him turned out to be a Stasi agent working for East Germany. Getting back onto this review: This is a good film! But as with many reviews, the subtitles detract from it. I had to sit next to the TV to watch it... I was going ask a mate around to watch it. I'm glad I didn't, just because of the subtitles. Crazy that they ruined a great film by not thinking about subtitles size.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, exciting, long 29 Dec 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An essay on the intersection of personality and politics, The Baader Meinhof Complex has a tone of violence and futility that sticks in the memory.

Never has being a far left extremist looked so stylish, never, sadly, have subtitles been so flippin small! Who is the target audience for this DVD - hawks?.

The film itself is a complex exploration of a fraught period in postwar German history. The focus is a group of young idealists and their terrorist actions against the state and the German ruling class more widely.

Acted with great conviction and shot with flair, The Baader Meinhoff Complex will appeal to those with an interest in political movements and social history, as well as those who prefer some action in their period drama. The film is talky in patches, but then radical politics tends to involve a lot of talking.

Given the focus and the stylish action sequences, the film does have a firm grip on the deep ambivalence of the Red Army Faction's motives and actions, and ultimately a sense of waste and tragedy pervades.

Highly original, The Baader Meinhoff Complex carves its own place in the world of film.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BAADER, MEINHOF: not COMPLEX enough 26 April 2009
Format:DVD
`The Baader Meinhof Complex' is an ambitious film, but it is not entirely clear just what those ambitions are. It covers a ten year period from the 1967 shooting of Benno Ohnesorg (the trigger for the extreme radicalisation of student protest in Germany at the time) through to the deaths of the first generation of the Red Army Faction (RAF) and the murder of Hans-Martin Schleyer in 1977. The period is very well captured and the accuracy of the whole production is outstanding. No major event in the ten year `careers' of Baader, Enslin, Meinhof, Meins et al is omitted and they are presented in a stylishly directed film with some excellent set pieces. The performances of all the main characters are excellent and convincing as far as they go. It is clear that a staggering amount of research has gone into the realisation of the film, the sets are accurate to the nth degree and, where possible, original locations have been used; the references to well known documentary photographs from the time are neatly integrated without feeling simply clever or knowing. But, in a curious way the need to present so 'accurately' the sequence of events actually hijacks the film's core, leaving one uncertain exactly what the film is meant to be. Is it intended to be a description of what took place? Or is it a study in the psychology of people who allow ideology to drive them into extreme actions?

In trying to give a comprehensive account of events the film inevitably has to gloss over some of the more interesting questions raised by those events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 16 days ago by Andrea Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie. You will have to repeatedly remind yourself ...
Amazing movie. You will have to repeatedly remind yourself that this is a true story, especially during the shoot outs and chases. You will want to watch it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Dairy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting and entertaining DVD
Published 1 month ago by Alan T. Yeomans
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK
Published 1 month ago by Alistair McClean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really classic, must see for knowing more about RAF.
Published 2 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights into the mind of the freedom fighter / terrorist
If you want your political philosophy lite then this film ticks the box. An excellent exploration of left wing German radicals in the sixties and their relationship with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by AndrewSax
4.0 out of 5 stars "Densely political, virtuously demystifying..."
German screenwriter, producer and director Uli Edel`s fifth feature film which he co-wrote with German filmmaker Bern Eichinger, is an adaptation of a book from 1985 by German... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sindri
5.0 out of 5 stars good dvd
loved this picture,sad ending for people who were probaly quite caring in their own way.
Published 2 months ago by doc
2.0 out of 5 stars baaeder meinhof
this is so of it's time, I was going to Germany at the time and thought I would get a few films in German to try and get the hang of it! Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Post-War History Film
The Baader-Meinhof Complex is a magnificent German biopic of leftist terror group the Red Army Faction. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MLA
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