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Criterion Collection: Tin Drum [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001VO38S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


DIE BLECH TROMMEL, The classic film adapted from Gunter Grass's infamous novel, awarded The Goldren Palm in Cannes, 1979, and Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, 1979. In German, with English subtitle. NTSC. All regions. Brand new, in the manufacturer's sealed wrapper. Prompt dispatch from UK.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
A boy who refuses to grow up during the time of National Socialism. A good strategy in some respects as it gets you out of the army. There again the slaughter commenced with the liquidation of the mentally unfit. Set in Danzig nee Gdansk the story grows from the perception of Oskar. His perception is less to do with the Nazi's but with adults. He refuses to grow up because of the hypocracy of the world around him, his mother, his uncle, his father and all the others eventually succumb to Oskars rigorous moral code of righteousness.

It was a time of no morality or amorphous boundaries. The people loved National Socialism not because of the screaming of the deranged but the shift in beating their carpets to having a hoover. Gunter Grass captures the feelings of pleasure from having things. The Nazis are the backdrop to adult hypocracy, no better than the ones who are against, the polish nationalists. The film is resolutely amoral and this is both a strength and a weakness. It is a strength because it explores belief as normality and a weakness because I am usually expecting to see a complete denigration of National Socialist beliefs. The facts are however it was imbued into the fabric of peoples lives and they gave the movement its power, not the maniac hypnotising the masses.

Ultimately the only form of resitance which could be offered was refusing to comply with the adults world where they had all lost their senses.

If you are expecting a Hollywood romp you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you are expecting a good/evil morality tale again you will be sorely tested. If you want to delve into a deep pool and are unsure the depth of the bottom then this film is for you.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By aurtherwood on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
THE TIN DRUM (or DIE BLECHTROMMEL, by it's german title) is a film that not everyone has heard of, and if they have, not likely to have seen it. If you have heard of this film, then don't try to presume anything about it because you will never have seen anything like this before, and never likely to see anything like it again.
Oskar Matzerath (Bennent) is a three-year-old boy who carefully observes the behaviour of the adult world during the rise of the Nazis in 1920's Germany. Disgusted by what he sees, he throws himself down the cellar steps in order to stop himself growing, and he succeeds. Oskar continues his observations of adults as he ages like a normal human being, but he is still in the body of a three-year-old, which makes for something truly terrifying.
Oskar has a lot of emotional anger that he only lets out by beating his red and white toy drum that was given to him on his third birthday, and letting out a shrill, terrifying scream that can shatter glass. His (Oskar's) anger is only infused by the many grotesque, violent and perverted acts that occur around him, like the sex scenes between his mother and his uncle, or the rotting horse's head that his father, Alfred uses as bait for eels that he cooks for dinner. When his mother discovers that she is pregnant with another child, it becomes clear to Oskar that Alfred (Adorf), who he thought was his father might not be, but his Uncle Jan (Olbrychski) is. Oskar's mother is overcome with guilt, so she starts eating whole fish, uncooked. Eventually, the guilt overwhealms her and she kills herself in the bathroom. This is when Oskar sees that the world is not going to change, so he starts on his demented way towards living out the rest of his life.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By on 23 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have actually broken my first copy and was eager to secure a replacement.
Having read the book by Grass, I was concerned how it might translate to the screen. It actually works extremely well, capturing much of the claustrophobic/paranoid atmosphere of the book.
Obviously, things have had to go. Some of the ..ahem... sticky and descriptive bits have been left out - in the wrong hands it could have been verging on pornographic, which certainly isn't the tone of the book.
Also, much of Oskar's musing's have been curtailed - the film ends at a point where the book has still some time to cover. This could cause some confusion for anyone who has not read it as they would have no idea that Oskar is actually telling his story from a lunatic asylum.
Despite these shortcomings, though, one experiences a wealth of emotions during the showing. There is sorrow, laughter, (look out for the waltzing Hitler Youth) anguish (Charles Aznovour as the toyshop owner) and bewilderment to name a few.
The music at the beginning is heavy and plodding - one can imagine a heavy horse pulling a cart through muddy potato fields. The wailing of the Jew's Harp further intensifies the experience.
Oskar is faithfully represented by David Bennett -the boy who decides not to grow. The other members of the cast, though maybe not household names provide a rich mixture of characters who show a no-holds-barred-reality. Just look at the haircut of the Youth Leader! There is no prettyfication here.
It stands up as a film in its own right. It does have blemishes, but I don't feel that they detract from the the experience and certainly can assist the understanding of an often enigmatic book.
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