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Enemy at the Gates [2001] [DVD]

Jude Law , Joseph Fiennes , Jean-Jacques Annaud    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz
  • Directors: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OLA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Enemy at the Gates opens with a pivotal event of World War II--the German invasion of Stalingrad--recreated in Saving Private Ryan-like epic scale as ill-trained Russian soldiers face German attack or punitive execution if they flee from the enemy's advance. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud captures this madness with urgent authenticity, creating a massive context for a more intimate battle waged amidst the city's ruins. Embellished from its basis in fact, the story shifts to an intense cat-and-mouse game between a Russian shepherd raised to iconic fame, and a German marksman whose skill is unmatched in its lethal precision. Vassily Zaitzev (Jude Law) has been sniping Nazis one bullet at a time, while the German Major Konig (Ed Harris) has been assigned to kill Vassily and spare Hitler from further embarrassment. There's love in this war, too, as Vassily connects with a woman soldier (Rachel Weisz), but she is also loved by Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), the Soviet officer who promotes his friend Vassily as Russia's much-needed hero. This romantic rivalry lends marginal interest to the central plot, but it's not enough to make this a classic war film. Instead it's a taut, well-made suspense thriller isolated within an epic battle, and although Annaud and cowriter Alain Godard (drawing from William Craig's book and David L Robbins' novel The War of the Rats) fail to connect the parallel plots with any lasting impact, the production is never less than impressive. Highly conventional but handled with intelligence and superior craftsmanship, this is warfare as strategic entertainment, without compromising warfare as a man-made hell on Earth. --Jeff Shannon,

On the DVD: with a choice of Dolby 5.1 or DTS the sound is suitably spectacular (James Horner's Prokofiev-inspired score comes up well amid whizzing bullets and explosions), while the 2.35:1 anamorphic picture makes the best of the epic battle sequences. "Through the Crosshairs" is a standard 20-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, which is complemented by "Inside Enemy at the Gates", a 15-minute montage of interviews with the stars and director. There's also a 25-minute French-made documentary (with English subtitles) about the real battle that includes a short interview with the real Vassily Zaitsev. Eight brief deleted scenes can be played separately or neatly inserted into the movie by pressing Enter when the gun sight icon appears on screen. The commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud is as informative as might be expected from a director who always seems passionate about his film projects. Storyboards, posters, a trailer and filmographies round out an excellent disc package. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Only English language is present, there is no German or Russian language track. Runtime is 125 minutes, not 131.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for UK buyers of Blu Ray 23 Aug 2012
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**For UK buyers of the Blu Ray import with the red cover, this US disc is region free and works on UK Blu Ray players.**
I love this film and have seen it multiple times since it was released so long ago so I wanted to get it on blu ray with some urgency, and here it is, the quality is excellent, full 1080p with a razor sharp picture, a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plays on European Region B Blu Ray Players. 2 July 2014
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American imported disc but plays on region B players in Europe I can confirm. PIcture and sound both excellent.
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This typically Hollywood war movie gives us the most watchable version yet made about any part of the Russian campaign of WW2. It hones in brilliantly on the famous sniper duel between the Russians' top marksman and the Nazis', adds a bit of improbable love interest (but is apparently true) and gives us a decent allround war movie. It is a bit sanitised, especially compared to other movies about Stalingrad which go in hard about the violent and bitter nature of it and the terrible sacrifice of life, but what it loses in graphic realism it gains quite alot in watchability. A painfree way to watch a WW2 war movie that contains no Americans, and these films are rare.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On of the best modern-made war films 22 Oct 2001
By A Customer
A good film, that sums up Enemy at the Gates. War is hell, and that is what this film shows without the need for a over the top story that Private ryan used.
Jude Law is at his usual best, and like all the characters in this film, is believable. Based on a true story, two snipers (Jude Law with the Russians) and Ed Harris (German) play a game of propoganda cat and mouse, who is the best?
This film is also non-patriotic to either side which is a much needed relief from the biased U-571, Thin Red Line and Private Ryan.
Its not the most succesful War film but the best films rarely are.
watch it and enjoy.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling war drama which is a must buy 8 Dec 2001
By A Customer
I first saw this film at the cinema and was blown away by the quality of the performances, the storyline and the amazing reality of the sets.
The film is set during the battle for Stalingrad in the winter of 1942, and as with all good war films has a very personal story line set in the midst of this massive confrontation. There are several fine performances from key British actors, especially from Jude Law in the main role of Soviet Sniper - Vassili Zeitsev.
I especially enjoyed the lack of American or British armed forces involvement, as films such as Pearl Harbour and Saving Private Ryan have taken much away from the massive contribution the Russians gave to the World War II effort.
I was keen to purchase the DVD as soon as it was made available, and I would recommend this as a worthy addition to any film collection.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still dazzling 2 Sep 2005
Aside from a very dodgy ariel shot in the film's opening battle sequence, the special effects here are so superbly implemented as to be seamless - it simply looks like the producers bombed a 1940s Russian City and took some cameras into the devastation. Only the later scenes in Polanski's 'The Pianist' match it for gritty, ambient realism. I cannot even put 'Saving Private Ryan' in the same class, since these dystopian, bombed-out landscapes are *vast* and hypnotising rather than episodic, and Stalingrad itself -as depicted by the producers- is a major character in the film.
On paper this film has the utterly compelling simplicity of a spaghetti western, with Jude Law's brave but talented farm-boy sniper and soviet hero pitched against Ed Harris's taciturn and masterly sniper, stringing out a long and complicated cat-and-mouse game among the astounding sights of Stalingrad in ruins. And, in fact, whatever criticism I have of the film, the premise and visual execution are simply so compelling as to outweigh them all.
That said, I wonder if the apparently French-speaking director was really able to elicit convincing performances from a first-rate cast...? I suspect a director with better English might have trashed and retaken a lot of the dialogue scenes that ended up in the final cut here. The delivery of the not-terrible dialogue is often hokey and stilted, and only the masterly Ed Harris seems to have a consistent handle on his character.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First review at the gates. 22 Oct 2011
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Why has nobody reviewed this film yet?

Enemy at the Gates, is indeed a marvellous film. Based on the WWII exploits of one Vassili Zaitsev (based on Vasily Zaytsev) as he grows from humble, timid Red Army soldier into a symbol of hope for all the motherland in the form of a extremely talented sniper. In an attempt to crush soviet morale, the powers that be within the German army bring in German Major, Erwin König(an equally brilliant sniper) to eliminate Zaitsev and improved the chances of winning the battle of Stalingrad for the Germans.

This film, while apparently not historically accurate, really captures the gritty essence of WWII and war in general. Played out brilliantly by actors Jude Law(Zaitsev) and Ed Harris(König) as they hunt each other through ruined buildings in equally perilous attempts to assassinate the other. With other flawless performances coming from Rachel Weiss, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman, this film really is worth viewing.

My only quarrel is the lack of Russian and German accents in the film, it's hard to imagine battle hardened Nikita Khrushchev(Hoskins) talking with an English accent, with nothing but a tiny smattering of Russian. But this is easily looked past as all the actors play their roles superbly, the set pieces are utterly flawless and the story is thrilling and thoroughly compelling.

For such a cheap price here on Amazon, you'd be silly to miss out on a truly fantastic film.
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