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Fitzcarraldo [DVD] [1982] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001ODHV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,419 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 July 2006
Format: DVD
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2004
Format: DVD
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Palmer on 18 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2001
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 By A Customer on 20 July 2000
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam Watson on 12 May 2011
Format: DVD
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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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
So says Claudia Cardinale’s Molly in support of her partner, Klaus Kinski’s obsessive Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald ('Fitzcarraldo’) and his plan to bring Caruso’s opera to the remotest outpost of the Peruvian jungle. Herzog’s astonishing 1982 epic remains one of cinema’s most ambitious (arguably, the most ambitious) undertakings ever to reach the big screen – a truly remarkable feat of logistics, man (cast) management (including hordes of local Aguaruna people) and cinematography (courtesy of Thomas Mauch). But, as well as providing a plethora of spectacular steamboat/river sequences as Herzog’s hero attempts to realise his ambition, Fitzcarraldo also works on a more intimate level, it being another example of the director’s studies of the darker recesses of the human psyche and spirituality – the film bearing comparison, in particular, with the earlier Aguirre, Wrath Of God.

Indeed, Fitzcarraldo’s opening sequence could almost be a continuation of the 1972 film as Kinski’s titular hero paddles his boat (hurriedly) towards camera accompanied by Popol Vuh’s haunting score – in this case, in order to see his own hero, Enrico Caruso, perform in the (‘out of place’) ornate opera house. And, once he has identified the remote, uncharted jungle location 'suitable’ for his plan (to be financed by the local rubber crop) and overcome the naysayers, off sets our determined dreamer on his arduous trek, accompanied by Paul Hittscher’s lone 'trusted adviser’ and captain, Orinoco Paul, plus newly recruited crew.
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