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  • Actors: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, James Fox, Laurence Fox
  • Directors: Stuart Orme
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OC7CS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,786 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Television drama miniseries, set in the notorious German POW camp during World War Two. Three men decide to break out of the camp, but only one is successful - Nick McGrade (Damien Lewis) manages to make his way back to Britain, where he is recruited by the intelligence service MI9. When he breaks the news to Lizzie (Sophia Myles) that her fiancé Jack Rose (Tom Hardy) was recaptured by the Germans during the prison break, he finds himself falling in love with her, a situation that puts his loyalty to friends and country to the ultimate test after he learns that Rose has managed to escape after all, and is making his way back home. Jason Priestly, Timothy West and James Fox also star.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
i watched this as a two part drama on easter sunday and monday. and i have to say it was breathtaking. i couldnt move away fom my television it was so good i went on amazon the next day to purchase the dvd. damian lewis was brilliant his acting as mc grade was superb although the villian of the piece the touch of softness that was required was perfect. the chemistry between him and sophia myles was perfect. i recommend this for anyone who loves a good romance or has a keen interest in world war two.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
I thought when I saw the write up for this show that it wouldn't be my sort of thing, but as I enjoyed Tom Hardy's creepy performance in Star Trek Nemesis so much, I thought I'd give it a try and I am glad that I did.
The characters were well portrayed and the actors compelling to watch.
I felt for the young lovers at the beginning, having so much to say but being unable to say it, but fully understood why our heroine was so easily swayed by the character that Damien Lewis played so convincingly. (He does have a very infectious smile!!).
I am glad, in a way, that although it is entitled Colditz the scenes inside the castle were kept toned down, the focus being more on the prisoners and their attempts to escape rather then the punishments that were no doubt given out to attempted escapees. This was more a tale of love and betrayal set in a time where every day counted.
I enjoyed this thoroughly and am looking forward to seeing it again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat in a Hat on 1 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for this drama because of the subject matter and the promising cast, but was left a bit cold(itz) by this I'm afraid. The script just seemed lazy with unlikely scenarios and a lack of realism which even suspending my disbelief to its limits just had me wincing at times. For example, man running through woods being shot at by dozens of machine gun toting Nazis, bullets flying everywhere, hitting trees etc. but completely missing their target. I'm no ballistics expert but....sorry just too unrealistic. I could name quite a lot of other examples of this sloppy scripting, but there were just so many i wouldn't know which ones to choose!

Another problem I had was with the love story element. Sophia Myles is a pretty enough girl, but her character in this seemed to me, well a bit of a drip to be honest. I certainly can't see why these men would have been so mesmerised by such a wet blanket. Also i love Damian Lewis as an actor and will happily watch anything he's in, but his character in this did nothing for me. It's like the writers didn't know whether to make him a lovable rogue or an out and out sociopath (and there is a BIG difference between the two). I just think there was a bit of mis-casting generally in some of the main roles, although Laurence Fox did a good job and there was a nice turn from Timothy West as the grumpy, eccentric gadgets man.

Overall, I would say this should have been a lot better. If the script had gone for a grittier, edgy drama rather than the Hollywood, 'shoot-em up' corn-fest that it ended up being I'm sure I would have rated this much higher. It did have a basic entertainment value so i've given it a couple of stars for that, but i'm disappointed by the wasted opportunity to make this into the great seat-of-your-pants drama it should have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ogun Eratalay on 19 July 2010
Format: DVD
Colditz is a two part television film that revolves around the uncertainities of the II. World War. The whole society is affected by the terrible events that are taking place beyond anybody's control be it civilian or soldier. The story is about a young flirting couple seperated by the war and the agony of their times in general.

The anti-hero in the film is Nick McGrade. A Scotsman who desperately knows his way, is away from the frontline. He succeeds each time evading the hardships of the war eventually escaping from the Colditz. As the story unfolds his escape will not in any way ease the lives of others that happen to cross him.

I will not get into the details so as not to be a spoilsport but there is an ideology underneath his actions. Portrayed superbly by the ever-lasting Bands of Brothers hero Damian Lewis, McGrade has a story to tell. He is a war-lover, why? As an uneducated and socially unwanted Scottish youngster, the war has opened up his prospects and he knows it. He is not interested in the outcome of the war as the only thing he wants is the continuation of the turbulent social times during the war. In those troubled times the society is not the same as it was. One can be a hero in a second, he could do things he could not even dream of during normal times. He goes for it even if it takes him to the road of treachery. Can he be blamed or is it the society to blame?

Tom Hardy and Sophia Myles join Lewis in extraordinary acting performances. Also it is good to see Jason Priestley of Beverly Hills-90210 back for more real acting. A film worth watching just to feel the atmosphere of the horrible conditions of the POWs, and the Blitz.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "scissor_sister" on 29 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
I wasn't going to watch this drama, but I'm glad I did. It's a story of love and war, escapism and love. It has several stories of it's own inside the drama; such as Canadian Rhett Barker's addiction to morphine. The story was gripping and I can't wait to watch it again!
If you have any remote interest in World War Two, Colditz or PoW's, this drama is for you!
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