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Dobermann [DVD] [1999]

Vincent Cassel , Tchéky Karyo , Jan Kounen    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Monica Bellucci, Antoine Basler, Dominique Bettenfeld
  • Directors: Jan Kounen
  • Writers: Joël Houssin
  • Producers: Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela, Marc Baschet, Éric Névé
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French language with English subtitles.

From the Back Cover

Take a walk on the wild side

Ruthless, cunning and sexy, The Dobermann (Vincent Cassel - Elizabeth, La Haine) is a class-A criminal for the 21st century. Along with his stunning partner Nat the Gypsy (Monica Bellucci - L'Appartement) The Dobermann leads a crazy gang of bank robbers into one of the most daring heists of all time. Fearless, insane and packing some of the most awesomely high-tech weaponry ever seen, Dobermann and his gang are thirsty for action.

Hot on their trail is the sadistic renegade cop Christini (Tcheky Karyo - Goldeneye) who will breka every rule, legal and moral, to personally dispense with The Dobermann. Christini sets a merciless trap for his arch enemy and his gang which culminates in a relentlessly explosive confrontation, finally bringing the tow evils face to face...

A visually stunning cocktail of gunplay, adrenaline-fuelled action, dazzling special effects and a pumping soundtrack featuring The Prodigy, Dobermann is a frenetic assault on your senses. You have been warned.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Libretio VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
DOBERMANN

(France - 1997)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtracks: Dolby Digital / DTS

A psychotic police detective (Tcheky Karyo) pursues a gang of armed robbers led by the ultra-charismatic 'Dobermann' (Vincent Cassel).

A colossal one-fingered salute to the bland, homogenized pap dominating international cinema at the time of its release, DOBERMANN not only set debut director Jan Kounen on the road to cinematic glory, it also helped kickstart an aggressive upsurge in ultra-commercial European cinema (the 'Taxi' series, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, CRIMSON RIVERS, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, etc.), begun two years earlier by Mathieu Kassovitz's equally subversive LA HAINE (1995). Fans of political correctness need not apply: DOBERMANN is loud, excessive, obnoxious and morally ambiguous in equal measure, and while some viewers may be unable to reconcile themselves to the action and violence of Kounen's raucous worldview, others should cling onto their seats and prepare for the ride of a lifetime...

As the above plot synopsis attests, Kounen and scriptwriter Joel Houssin (upon whose pulp novels the film is based) have stripped the plot down to its barest essentials and constructed a series of instantly recognizable character-types (saint, sinner, braggart, dimwit, etc.), thereby liberating Kounen to indulge his true objectives: To push the boundaries of cinema to their absolute limits. DOBERMANN is a swirling tornado of audiovisual delights which unfolds via shock cuts, hurtling camerawork, loud explosions and in-yer-face action set-pieces, a heady mixture of Hollywood gloss and Hong Kong stuntwork ramped to the max. You want subtle? Try Merchant Ivory. THIS movie wants to gouge your eyes out!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bang! Bang! Bang! 8 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
Hardcore japanese action spectacular, cross-bred with typical french class and style. This film is a brash and unashamed cops 'n robbers caper, with the dials all turned up to 11. Guns and cars, grenades and transvestites, you can't go wrong with Dobermann.
Cassell is, predictably, a star act and very watchable, once again encapsulating a role and yet remaining Vincent Cassell. As the anti-hero leader of a gang of seriously crazy bank robbers he lights up the screen with his blase cool. Belucci had never been sexier, and Karyo is one bad mother as the cop on Dobermann's case.
At once a film that will keep your head spinning with the non-stop action and occasional twist, as well as making your spine tingle with the awesome violence dished out by, and at, all and sundry.
Just don't take it seriously. top fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to knock your socks off! 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Dobermann and his beautiful super-gun wielding deaf girlfriend, Nat the Gypsy, are just two of the members of a gang whose success rate with bank heists is driving the policy crazy. Determined to catch them, one evil renegade cop takes this too far. When Christini and Dobermann meet...well to say that it is explosive is an understatement!
Dobermann is a very stylish and beautifully shot film. Guns, weaponry and the after-dark life of transvestites abound and mix in a dizzying tale of life on the other side of the law. The guns are fantastical, the pace is fast and a top soundtrack make this a film well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dobermann 7 Mar 2011
By RickGH
Format:DVD
Vincent meets Mad Max. Futuristic and sometimes challenging to follow but an experience still. Don't miss out the opportunity to buy this historic piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced French madness 23 Oct 2010
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film shows what French Cinema can do when it is on top form. From the opening scenes, through adrenaline rush heists, to an explosive ending, it never lets up. The excellent Vincent Cassel is born to play the part of the psychopathic robber with no conscience. His real-life partner Monica Bellucci adds glamour and fiestiness to a cast of oddballs and bumbling cops, headed by the under appreciated Tcheky Karyo. Despite some patently ridiculous effects, the haywire plot comes together and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Hard to find nowadays, it deserves a better release on Region 2 dvd at a reasonable price, so more people can enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 29 Sep 2007
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

For fans of extreme cinema, Dobermann is almost a must-a good blend of violence, style, and craziness with a thumping soundtrack and over-the-top acting and set-pieces. It lacks the edge that other 'extreme' movies have, and is devoid of any compassion, but on the other hand it does not go far enough to disturb the audience. A good cast does well, particularly Cassell and Karyo as the respective charismatic robber and psychotic cop, but at times the mashing together of genres does not work completely.

Cassell stars as Dobermann, a man with a penchant for violence ever since his birth. He is the boss of a notorious gang of misfit robbers who have been preying on Paris for years. His nemesis is Cristini, a cop whose sadistic nature means he abuses his power and position and will stop at nothing to catch Dobermann and his mates. After a large heist with suitably insane weaponry Dobermann has plenty of money, but Critini is getting closer, and eventually they meet and a long chase ensues. The plot may not be original, but it is always interesting, violent, and well worth watching.

There are plenty of outstanding scenes here amidst the wackiness- the grenade inside a motorcyclists helmet while riding, the grenade in a baby's pram, the head being scraped along the road at 90 mph etc. It tries hard to be cool and stylish, and mostly it works, just a pity there is a lack of substance which would have made it a classic of the genre. There is nothing special as far as extras are concerned on the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars These are minutes of your life you will not get again
This was utter drivel. Complete and total tosh and rubbish. Unwatcheable garbage. I suppose if you like the talentless Mr Tarantino then you will somehow think this moronic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by El Magnifico
1.0 out of 5 stars Binned - I would be ashamed to sell it on!
Utter trash from beginning to end!

I own over 300 French made films rated 3* & up - this is one of the few that went in the bin immediately after watching! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tell None
5.0 out of 5 stars Dobermann
Crazy, lunatic, bloody, powerful, Monica Bellucci's sexy charm, french flavour of action thriller. Really on the limits of film fiction. Totally pull off.
Published 5 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Really happy
I've seen this film before so this DVD was a birthday present for
a friend of mine and the quality was brilliant. Thank you
again amazon.
Published 14 months ago by glenmorangie
5.0 out of 5 stars dog's nollox
i found this film......at last an all time fav,great story,stunnig shots,grip you story........enjoy......it's the DOG'S. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by chef24
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Blah Blah Blah, save reading the overwinded reviews of someones superior knowledge and save it for the subtitles. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by Captain Howdy
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tripe
I hummed and heyed for a long time before buying this 'movie'. Seven people gave it 5 stars?? There has to be something good in it I thought ? How wrong I was! Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by E. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great French action film
This isn't one of most well known French films but it is great nonetheless. If you are a fan of Vincent Cassel this is a must see he is excellent (as always)and the film itself is... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Wolf Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars vincent cassel too cool for words
took a chance and bought this after trying to see most of vincent cassel's movies. although it is nowhere near the standard of mesrine or la haine it is enjoyable action packed and... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Mark Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely barking comic-strip gangster-fest. OK, not great.
Think Pulp Fiction meets Clockwork Orange, with a dash of Sin City, Ichi The Killer, The Dark Knight and Eurotrash thrown in, all scripted and directed by a Tourette's sufferer... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Cartimand
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