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Conspiracy [2001]

Colin Firth , Stanley Tucci , Frank Pierson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Kenneth Branagh, Ben Daniels, Simon Markey
  • Directors: Frank Pierson
  • Format: Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Benelux Film Distributors
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W9JEYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,274 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PLOT SUMMARY: Based on the only surviving record of the infamous 1942 Wannsee Conference, the BBC/HBO produced Conspiracy reconstructs the two-hour meeting during which leading members of the SS and the Nazi government made definitive plans for the genocide of Europe's Jews. Sixteen men sit around a table and politely discuss the mechanics and ramifications of murdering millions. As SS General Reinhard Heydrich, overall architect of the Final Solution, Kenneth Branagh is brilliant, charming, manipulative and threatening, a cultured man seemingly without a soul. As his aid, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann, Stanley Tucci is the incarnation of the banality of evil, an efficient and self-effacing bureaucrat in a fine performance marred only by a hint of the actor's American accent. Colin Firth is a powerful foil for Branagh as Dr Wilhelm Stuckart, author of Nazi Germany's race laws and a stickler for the rule of law, no matter how insane the law may have become; while David Threlfall makes a striking impression as the one man who comes closest to taking a moral stand, Dr Wilhelm Kritzinger. ABOUT THE DVD: This is Video / Film Express release for the NETHERLANDS market (Region 2 PAL format - same as in the UK, so will play on all standard DVD players in this country). The text on the rear of the packaging is in Dutch. The audio is the original English (with a French option too). The only subtitles available on the disc are Dutch (which have an on / off option - but there are no English subtitles). The presentation is full screen (4:3 ratio), all menus are in English, scene selection is available and extras on the DVD are photo gallery, trailer and synopsis.


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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Solution to a "storage problem" 8 Jan 2006
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
CONSPIRACY serves as a reminder of the banality of human evil, even at its most horrific.
On January 20, 1942, with Nazi armies stalled in the snow at the gates of Moscow, a lakeside mansion in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee is the venue for a conference. Fifteen government bureaucrats and high ranking officers of the SS gather. History is advised to remember these otherwise appallingly ordinary representatives of the human species: SS General Reinhard Heydrich (Reich Security Main Office), SS Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann (Office of Jewish Affairs), SS Lt. General Heinrich Müller (Gestapo), Gerhard Klopfer (Nazi Party Chancellery), Wilhelm Kritzinger (Reichs-Chancellery), SS Lt. General Otto Hofmann (Race and Settlement Main Office), Dr. Georg Liebbrandt and Dr. Alfred Meyer (Reichs-Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories), Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart (Reichs-Ministry of the Interior), Undersecretary Martin Luther (Foreign Ministery), SS Major Rudolf Lange (SS Taskforces in Latvia), Director Erich Neumann (Office of the Four Year Plan), Dr. Joseph Bühler and SS Colonel Karl Schöngarth (Government-General of Occupied Poland), and Dr. Roland Freisler (Reichs-Ministry of Justice).
Even after coerced emigration, 132,000 Jews remain in Germany. As the Wehrmacht gobbles up territory, millions more - potentially 11 million - will come under Nazi control. As it's put in this film, there's a burgeoning "storage problem", and the chairman of the meeting, Heydrich (Kenneth Branagh), is calling for unanimous agreement on a "final solution".
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory viewing. 14 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"Conspiracy" is a film about the Holocaust like no other..... there is no death, torture or explicit degradation. Instead, what has been exchanged for these already familiar fundamental truths of the "final solution" is what has until now been neglected... the teleology and methodology behind it, the HOW and WHY of humanities darkest hour (thus far).
This film crosses over to the very uncomfortable but entirely necessary realms that the people who devised this despicable crime were not in fact monsters from another world but did actually belong to our own species (a problem people still seem to have, looking at the stupid criticisms of the recent Hitler biopic "Max", from people saying he shouldn't be "humanised").

The script is very subtle in respect to how it shows many of these people (despite being very "central players") have simply been so acclimatised to treating the Jews as subhuman that they (almost) lose any moral conscience. It shows the latent intellectual hypocrisy and weakness of Nazi intellectuals and the blatant contradictions of Nazi philosophy itself. And yes, it does show the tiny cracks of consciece and misgivings that one or two of the people present had (but of course lacked the confidence and dominance of Heidrich to chage anything).
All of the central actors interpret their subjects brilliantly (particularly Colin Firth), but owing both to his performance and the nature of his character Kenneth Branagh makes this ultimately his film. Reynard Heidrich is pretty much universially credited with being the architect of the "final solution", as well as being particularly sadistic and perverse in his personal treatment of Jews.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Masterpiece 8 Sep 2003
Format:DVD
having actually been to the house in which the Wannsee Conference occurred (now a museum), I took a keen interest in this production when it was first aired. I hoped that the subject matter would be dealt with sensitively yet honestly - I was not disapoited. Having been based upon the actual transcripts of the conference itself, this production graphically displays the casual manner in which the high figures of Nazi Germany dealt with finding a 'solution' to the 'Jewish Question' - which resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent Jews.
The Acting was superb, with arguably the best performance being that of Kenneth Brannagh. The direcion is subtle, yet inspiring, with attention played to small details of the characters and the movements which display their beleifs and in a few cases unease at thieir task. The sets are an exact replica of the room itself - again allowing the viewer to feel as if they are themselves present at this most despicable of moments in history. All in all a thoruoughly rewarding production, which although focussing upon a deeply disturbing topic, still allows the viewer to see plainly, the higly organised, yet demonic system of Nazi leadership
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 1 Mar 2006
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Conspiracy is a work of genius. How brutal and cruel that little meeting in Wannsee was, where a roomful of men congregated to discuss the Final Solution. Hiedrich (Kenneth Branagh) and Eichmann (Stanley Tucci) in particular, put forward their plans of genocide with all the detachment one would expect from such architects of death; the general depersonalisation of Jews also ran rampant. For instance, Heidrich continually spoke of the storage of Jewish people rather than the accommodation of them. There were also occasional brief flashes of crass, inappropriate humour - not to the viewer, but to the other Nazis present - which to me served only to accentuate the blackness of their conscience. The end of the drama provided the viewer with the respective fates that awaited each of these monsters after the war. Shockingly, when considering that the minutes of the meeting did survive, only a handful of the men present recieved the punishment they deserved.
Nonetheless, a fantastic drama and something that should well be shown on the National Curriculum, along with Schindler's List. We should never forget
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD conspiracy
very good film I think shows how good people (in most part)can decide to do evil things thinking they doing good . good quality DVD right price me recomend
Published 13 days ago by rod hawkley
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling yet amazing experience
This was an HBO/BBC co-production around 2001 and concerns the conference at Wannsee, Berlin, that took place to decide the future (or rather lack of it) of the Jewish people in... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Soundcheck Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to see it!
So disappointed by ordering this as it was incompatible with my DVD.
I've contacted the seller in the hope of a refund so I can buy a compatible copy. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Lorraine Balfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair price and speedy delivery
Thought provoking film. A journey into the dark side of Nazi methods. Absolutely first class cast although (and I may well be wrong) I feel that some edits has shortened it from... Read more
Published 29 days ago by FrankieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
Although this movie is set in one room almost all the way through its great viewing, lots of great actors in this. Love it.
Published 1 month ago by cittykat
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is finally told!
This is the accurate story of what was said on Wannsee! It was an inhuman thing they were discussing-the killing of an entire race! Thank God they never achieved this sick idea! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It was alarming to know what PEOPLE do to each other.
Much has been written and told by way of film about WW2. It was atrocious to know what can and does happen in our world.
This film made it even more REAL. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C.M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy to Murder.
Some very good actors playing out a very scary scenario - a consensus of individuals and Nazi agencies involved in designing and implementing the chillingly named, Final Solution. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sid sidebotom
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite unnerving
The cast were superb in their performances and must have studied the characters they portrayed in depth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alice Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Additional info
Just a minor thing, to correct a comment in the review by S Lindgren, all the internal scenes of the Wannsee conference were in fact all filmed on purpose-built sets NOT in the... Read more
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