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Before The Fall [DVD]

Tom Schilling , Max Rielmelt , Dennis Gansel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Schilling, Max Rielmelt
  • Directors: Dennis Gansel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063G29KE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,419 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A powerful war story set in WWII when innocence was lost forever. A young man is sent to serve on the frontline in one of the most ferocious battles of WWII where only 50 per cent of the men returned alive.

Winner of 4 film festival awards (Best Film, Best Actor x2, Best International Film)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This spectacular, award-winning drama, Before The Fall, is a breathtaking portrait of the courageous young men who were ripped from their innocence and thrown into the explosive chaos of World War Two. In the summer of 1942, as the brutal Nazi regime extended its reach throughout Europe, an idealistic sixteen-year-old defies his father and leaves home to join the fight for his country. There, in a disconcerting world dominated by intense combat and harsh discipline, he experiences unexpected camaraderie. However, a barbarous raid against escaped prisoners of war forces him to make an important decision that will mark the end of his youth and open his eyes to the harsh reality of war that sacrificed a generation. ...Before the Fall (2004) ( Napola - Elite für den Führer ) ( Napola: Hitler's Elite )

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By jimmcn1
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I won't waste time reviewing the film itself other than to state that this is a re-titled re-release of the outstanding movie "NAPOLA".

The movie itself is a fantastic piece of film making with excellent performances and terrific period detail. This re-released DVD however is nothing more than an insult not only to consumers but more importantly to the film makers responsible for the original release.

For some unknown reason Metrodome Distribution have re-titled this product and re-designed the packaging of the Dvd, however the biggest insult comes in two further alterations.

"NAPOLA" (the original release of this movie) was filmed and released in a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format. Despite being listed on the current "Before The Fall" packaging as a 1.85:1 anamorphic presentation, this re-release is actually a poorly altered PAN & SCAN version when compared to the original widescreen Dvd. This is evident when viewing the movie, even to those who have not seen the original, as parts of the full image are very clearly cut at the sides of the frame.

In addition to the altered picture format, this re-release also suffers from re-edited subtitles when compared with the "NAPOLA" release. Whilst the general meaning is similar the accompanying subtitles are not a direct translation of the actors dialogue. Why these alterations have been made is beyond comprehension as the original of this movie was, and still is an example of outstanding movie making, the kind that can't be found in the standard run of the mill hollywood releases.

In short, if you have a genuine interest in WW2 subject matter you will undoubtedly find this film a worthy addition to your collection. This said, I would strongly recommend paying slightly more money and finding yourself a copy of the original "NAPOLA" release in order to view the movie as the director intended us to see it.

Avoid this re-release at all costs.
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200 of 204 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally misleading packaging 24 Jan 2012
By Mulwharchar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Reading the other reviews you will have twigged that this is the German film 'Napola', which I agree is excellent and which I already own. However I must deplore the DVD cover's complete misrepresentation of the film: this is not about 'a young man sent to serve on the frontline in one of the most ferocious battles of WWII' it's about two pupils in a Nazi boarding school (Napola = national political academy), there are no fleets of planes and it's about Germans, for chrissakes - there are no British or Americans to be seen. There's been a marked tendency recently for cynical distributors to re-title and package intelligent war films as mindless 'blood & guts' action films, and Amazon just cravenly reproduces their blurb. It does a real disservice to the films and completely misleads customers: as a consumer I deeply resent it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Side Trip of the 2nd WW 27 Oct 2006
Rising star Max Riemelt goes from strength to strength with his appearance in this film about a relatively unknown aspect of the Nazi regime, namely its reconstructing and discipling of the minds of teenagers destined to be future super troopers - or not as is the case for two of the cadets. The film explores the relationships between the cadets, and with their military teachers, and the perception of all of their roles in the Nazi juggernaut that unbeknown to them will ultimately falter, dragging down all and sundry into the ignominious but necessary end. The performances are strong, the scenic backdrop enhancing, and the technicalities underpin the film perfectly. It can be ranked as a worthy companion of the excellent film, Downfall.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I had no expectations when it came to Napola and usually I don't write reviews, however after spending an afternoon watching this beautiful piece of cinema I can't help but suggest this film, it is one of the best films depicting the time of the German Reign and ideology.

A remarkable drama that at moments are certain to distress viewers which only adds to the brilliant story.

Without saying much more, if you like foreign films this is certainly to make an impact.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 24 Feb 2007
Rivetting, thought-provoking, this film explores the nascent awareness of two friends in a Nazi elite school, being groomed for the SS. Through the events they live through and the sadism of the institution they begin to realise that the system they're a part od is inherently evil. Brilliant performances by Max Riemholt and Schilling as Friedrich and Albrecht. Very moving, emotionally intense, this film aka as "Napola" avoids the flaws of many German films. It is technically sophisticated and the story line doesn;t dwell on the obvious and things are understated and therefore all the more powerful. Do see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see........... 9 Jun 2007
By Jbadler
As said in the previous reviews, this is a truly well made film and is well worth a viewing. The cast act their socks off and give a great performance and the story is quite gripping and remains so untill the end. Give it a go, you wont be dissapointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Stuff! 15 April 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
But for the somewhat misleading cover-art (it also appears on the menu background), this is an excellent production.
The movie deals with the trials and tribulations of a young German boy/man who is invited to attend the local Napola (National (Nazi) Political Institute of Education)
The movie held my attention all the way and was very "authentic" in feel!
It clearly demonstrated the mental and physical toughness that was expected of young German men of the Nazi era - where the strong survive and the weak must perish.
Anyone interested in WWII, and the Nazis in particular, would enjoy this movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a must see film.
Published 5 days ago by wayne palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Wrong Marketing
Like everyone else here says, the marketing of this DVD has no relationship to the movie on the DVD! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lamu Hermit
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfied with the plot - spoiler
I was unable to watch the film beyond the moment where it all went 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J A R P
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great german film
Another great german film, I really enjoyed this great story I have bought a few german films lately and all have been great
Published 1 month ago by Ann Marie Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a...
This film illustrates, through the microcosm of an elite school for future supermen, in which we see two cadets forge an unlikely bond of friendship, the brutalizing effect of Nazi... Read more
Published 1 month ago by still searching
5.0 out of 5 stars Napola = Before the Fall
The German language version has been repackaged and released as "Before the Fall" with English subtitles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Coy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best German movies I've seen
This high quality German movie - who's original title is "Napola - Elite für den Führer" - is an absolute gem (made in 2004). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Veturlidi Thor Stefansson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film
If you want a film which reaches all the emotions - this is the one! From beginning to end it was gripping. Read more
Published 5 months ago by susan bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film,Stupid Cover Art
Guess what ? I've been after 'Napola' for a long time and now I've accidentally bought it! I had no idea that this DVD was the film that I've wanted for years! Read more
Published 6 months ago by bulldog
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark but Effective
The movie tells the story of a teenager who is selected to attend an elite school in Nazi Germany, where future leaders are trained. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sloopjohnb
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