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Fitzcarraldo [1982] [DVD]

Klaus Kinski , Claudia Cardinale , Werner Herzog    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes, Paul Hittscher
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Writers: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Werner Herzog, Lucki Stipetic, Renzo Rossellini, Walter Saxer, Willi Segler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CY8R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Werner Herzog's lengthy 1982 fever dream is typical of the director's passion for boundless experience: the story concerns the title character's determination to open a shipping route over the Amazon as well as build an opera house (worthy of Caruso) at a river trading post. Klaus Kinski (star of Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God) plays the visionary/madman with a spooky dignity, and Herzog--as always--thrills to the mystic possibilities of filming where no one else would even think of placing a camera. --Tom Keogh,

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DVD Special Features:

Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Audio commentary with Director Werner Herzog, Producer Lucki Stepic and journalist Norman Itill
Theatrical trailers
Stills gallery
Talent bios
Languages: Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby 2.0 English, German with optional English subtitles

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Nearly a quarter of a century on, Fitzcarraldo has lost none of its impact. One thing which makes it still stand out so much today is its reality - not the plot, which takes a small incident from forgotten history and exaggerates it into a grandiose epic on the reality of dreams, but the fact that, with the exception of what appears to be one superior model shot in the rapids sequence, everything you see is done for real. A real ship dragged over a real mountain by real extras in a real location. In the CGi era, it's almost like watching a documentary, with Herzog literally BECOMING Fitzcarraldo as he acts out his dreams for real.

For all the fireworks between Kinski and Herzog, they bring the best out of each other: Kinski is every inch the obsessed dreamer and you really believe he HAS to bring opera to the jungle in a way that you simply can't imagine Jason Robards pulling off (Robards left the film after falling ill: from the brief extracts of his scenes with Mick Jagger to appear in the documentary Burden of Dreams - not included on the single-disc version but available separately from Criterion or in the two-disc edition from Starz - it was a blessing in disguise for the film). What's more, by the end of the movie, you really feel that Fitzcarraldo has earned his small triumph, and the wondrous smiles on the faces of Kinski and Claudia Cardinale prove that cinema's greatest weapon is the human face.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty subtitles and bonus disc 18 Jun 2009
The subtitles on this DVD are faulty. Often whole sentences are omitted, making it impossible to follow conversations. The beginning of a sentence is nearly always present, but after it ends, with an ellipsis, the subsequent subtitle doesn't appear, even though a character continues talking. This happens regularly throughout the film and quickly renders it incoherent.

The problem with the bonus disc, which contains the Burden of Dreams documentary, is more superficial. The icon which is supposed to show you which option you are choosing is absent from the main menu, and it appears in the wrong places on the scene selection menu, e.g. half on the picture of a scene and half off of it.

I had to return this DVD because of its subtitle problem. I contacted the DVD's maker, Anchor Bay, about its faults but didn't receive a response.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, however... 18 July 2004
By A Customer
This is a fantastic film, but one small word of warning - the subtitling on the DVD edition is terrible. Jumpy and with large parts of conversation missing, the subtitles mar what is an otherwise flawless film, and as such I was forced to deduct a star in the rating.
I would still highly recommend this film, a dazzling picture about one man's overwelming desire to bring his vision to life - an opera house in the South American jungle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Subtitles 12 May 2011
Im a great fan of this film - but have never gotten round to buying the DVD, until now. At the low price, I thought it was a must - however, the films subtitles are apauling - with subtitles missing from single lines to entire scenes, it simply makes the film impossible to watch, let alone enjoy.

Will be replacing with a copy from another stockist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I will admit that this film was forced on me as I watched it as part of a German film module at University, and though many of my fellow students did not warm to this film, I certainly did.
This is an epic. Special effects are redundant in this film as much of what actually is done is not a work of simulation but it was actually performed. The cover of the video shows a sail barge being hoisted over land - that was actually done! So much of this film will just stop you in your tracks and think "wow" at just the scale and grandeur of the filming project.
You have to appreciate Operah to appreciate this film, though one way or another if you ever love anything so much that you would want to reshape the land then you will understand and love the sentiment that this film contains.
I loved this film, and though essentially it is a tragedy, unlike most tragic films the ending burns with triumph and finishes leaving you thinking that even things that at first seem impossible are at least worth attempting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an european epic 20 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
fitzcarraldo is probably the most epic film ever to come out of europe.klaus kinski replaces mick jagger & jason robards in the lead role which he was born to play. borrowing loosely from herzog's previous 'aguirre' and conrads 'heart of darkness' this is by all accounts a truly stunning piece of film making. herzog's severely focused direction brings out all the intensity in his leading man and with the strugggle of controlling an indigenous population and the practicality of raising the ship makes fitzcarraldo a truly uplifting experience
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars px24 5 Oct 2011
By px24
If you like the combination of Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog films you will know what to expect. Not quite run of the mill, the feel of friction, good scenes well shot, and 'an I've never seen other films quite like this' feel to it. the plot is a chap sailing a steam ship up a river, then having it dragged over an hill. If you want an unusual evenings entertainment with some classical music added into it, go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitzcarraldo
A film without a lot of point and the real star is the river steamer. Nonetheless, an epic in its own right and worth the money.

Published 2 months ago by C. J. Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Caruso meets the Jivaro
How to follow your dream - to the point of insanity. This story is based on the feat of Carlos Fitzcarrald, who transported a steamer over an isthmus in the Amazon in the 1890s,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. R. Squires
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitzcarroldo
This really was a lovely old movie to watch. Fasinating sceens and the story was so interesting. I will rewatch this one.
Published 11 months ago by Zillah Nicolle
1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG DISC
Sad to say I was sent NTSC instead of PAL. There was no indication on the website that this DVD was NTSC
Published 23 months ago by Professor Walter Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitzcarraldo video (1982)
I had tried for a very long time and in lots of places to get this video and 'hey presto' Amazon came up with the goods. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Aneta Godwn
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow a Dream before it is too late...
This film truly takes one into the heart of the Amazonas - I know, because I was recently an Earthwatch Institute volonteer in exactly that region, staying in Iquitos & then for... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by Granny K
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-off
I saw this film on TV late one night years ago and it haunted me ever since. It's an odd mix of Africa Queen/opera/Raiders of the Lost Ark. Very atmospheric and gripping.
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Mike S
1.0 out of 5 stars An overblown, overhyped, overlong torture
All the gushing reviews about this painfully dull trek through the jungle are full of guff about obsessive quests and man's battle with nature and Werner Herzog's cinematography... Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by George Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Failure
Time can do strange things shifting perspectives on a great movie. Twenty-seven years on from its first release, we now watch "Fitzcarraldo" almost inevitably with the destruction... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2009 by Peter Scott-presland
5.0 out of 5 stars a god amongst movies
i adore this movie and the incredible documentary about the making of, it really is what cinema should be about. 5 Stars are not enough. Read more
Published on 8 April 2008 by Me
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