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Copenhagen [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RGZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,442 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Henry Ireton VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2006
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This is a fantastic film and a model of how films should be made. The acting is superb and given that the film is based on three characters turning and talking to each other in a room it is amazing that it keeps your attention. The explanation of the physics is wonderful and has an interesting epistemelogical bent as well given that the direction and nature of time is both discussed as a physical problem and a historical one. The wonder of this film is that it manages to capture exactly what it is to be an intellectual- to imagine a new enlightenment spreading out once more from Germany and the great universities of Europe- to transfer easily between art, science and history in one conversation, to play with ideas across the whole field of human experience. I wish I could give more than five stars. Quite simply you have to see this film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. E. S. Downing on 1 Jan. 2004
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This is a complex play in which it helps to understand the two principles - the physics and the history. Both run through the story which is beautifully played, the more you know of the physics and the history - the more you can sit back and enjoy the acting. The setting is fantastic and the way the story is told back and forth with the various possibilities very thoughful. Everyone with an interest in great acting and/or the Second World War should watch this
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By Hamish Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2015
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Adapted from the Tony award-winning play by Michael Frayn, Copenhagen is where German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish mentor Neils Bohr met together on the brink of WWII. It will never be known what these two men, so politically divergent yet so much alike in their scientific goals, discussed during that fateful meeting, though it is a matter of record that both men had discovered the methodology for splitting the atom - the foundation for the atomic bomb. Michael Frayn's play offers a believable and witty speculation on what might have been discussed by the idealistic Bohr, played by Stephen Rea (Academy Award nominee, ‘The Crying Game’) and the pragmatic Heisenberg (a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig) - as recalled decades later by the principal characters after their deaths. It was directed by famed theatre director, Howard Davies (3 Tony nominations, 3 Laurence Olivier Best Director Awards, London Critics Circle Award, 2 Evening Standard Best Director Awards). Howard Davies also wrote the screenplay. The music was composed by Dominic Muldowney (1984, The Ploughman’s Lunch, Defence of The Realm).

'Copenhagen' now seems a tad dated, but it’s nevertheless still a current issue and this film makes an interesting contribution to the discussion of what Heisenberg was really up to. If watching 'Copenhagen whets your appetite for more Heisenberg drama, you might also take a look at the 1965 Kirk Douglas movie, ‘The Heroes of Telemark’, and much more recently there has been a new six part drama called ‘The Saboteurs’ which starts in Stockholm in 1933 when Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and is congratulated by his mentor Niels Bohr, a previous Nobel Prize winner.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2008
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This review is of the PBS Hollywood Presents edition. The play itself is 95 minutes long. It comes with a ten-minute prologue, in which the playwright Michael Frayn explains the background to Bohr and Heisenberg's relationship and to their meeting in 1941. The parallel is between Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the uncertainty of his intentions in travelling to German-occupied Copenhagen to see Bohr. Physicist Michio Kaku explains some of the science involved.

I saw `Copenhagen' on the stage and was blown away. I immediately saw that it has film potential. I envisioned an arty production, in both colour and black-and-white, with allusions to water as a metaphor for memory and loss, in particular with reference to the Bohr's loss of one of their sons in a boating accident. Imagine the level of my aroused curiosity, therefore, on hearing that a film-for-television had been produced by the BBC. This review is therefore made from the angle of someone who witnessed the original stage production.

The production is credited as being "from the play by Michael Frayn", adapted and directed by Howard Davies. This is important, for it became clear to me quite quickly that this is not the play I saw on stage, both in terms of content and in terms of style. The bulk of the play is still there, of course, but before referring to the excisions that have been made, it is worth commenting on the more explicit change of mood. The most obvious is that the sincere and warm relationship between Bohr and Heisenberg as portrayed on the stage has gone: instead, the atmosphere between the two - or between the three, I should say, as Bohr's wife Margrethe is of equal importance - is more wooden, more distant.
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