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  • Actors: Henry Arnold, Eva Maria Bayerwaltes, Edith Behleit, Johanna Bittenbinder, Martin Maria Blau
  • Directors: Edgar Reitz, Robert Busch
  • Producers: Joachim von Mengershausen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2007
  • Run Time: 1530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR8SYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Epic German television miniseries sequel about the changing social and political conditions in West Germany during the 1960s and 1970s. Hermann (Henry Arnold) is a bitter young musician who is forced to leave his small home town in order to further his musical studies in Munich. Initially isolated and reserved, he gradually begins to make friends with the bohemian artists, film-makers and musicians in the city, at a time when political revolt against the conservative government is at an all-time high. As the story progresses over several years, the narrative focuses in turn on separate characters, shifting the perspective back and forth until a complete picture has been painted of this momentous period in modern German history.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
I loved the original 'Heimat', but 'The Second Heimat' seems to me superior - perhaps it's due to the fact it centres on not a village, but a myriad of burgeoning artists (filmmakers, musicians)in and around Munich in the 1960s. Edgar Reitz has said this film was closer to his own experience, as part of the New German Cinema movement established in the 1960s and continued with Reitz's own work, as well as that of key filmmakers Fassbinder, Herzog & Wenders.
The thirteen episodes here take us from 1960 to 1970: 'Part One: 1960 - Hermann (The First Songs)'; 'Part Two: 1960 - 1961: Juan (A Stranger's Eyes)';'Part Three: 1961 - Evelyne (Jealousy & Pride)'; 'Part Four: 1961 - 1962: Ansgar (Ansgar's Death)';'Part Five: 1962 - Helga (Playing With Freedom)';'Part Six: 1963 - Alex (Kennedy's Children)';'Part Seven: 1963 - Clarissa (Christmas Wolves);'Part Eight: 1964 - Schnusschen (The Wedding)';'Part Nine: 1965 - Fraulein Cerphal (The Eternal Daughter)';'Part Ten: 1966 - Reinhard (The End of the Future)';'Part Eleven: 1967 - 1968 - Rob (A Time of Silence)';'Part Twelve: 1968 - 1969 : Stefan (The Time of Many Words); and 'Part Thirteen: 1970 : Hermann and Clarissa (Art or Life). We see Hermann from a different angle as we saw him towards the end of 'Heimat' - in the intial series Anton pounded at his door as his affair with an older girl was uncovered and meddled with by Maria. Now we see Hermann from his room, as he swears to leave behind Shabbach and the Hunsruck and never to love again...
The action takes up shortly after when Hermann arrives in Munich and pursues the life of an artist, as a musician to a backdrop of change.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "simoncangas2" on 5 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
The first Heimat looked at a fictional German village through 1919-1982. This sequel focuses on the character Herman; set in the sixties, as he vows to never return to his town, he thus rejects his Heimat(homeland). He goes to Munich studying music.
The first episode is absolutely stunning, brilliantly filmed and great music on it too. It also shows many other characters, also how Herman and other music students experiment with new sounds. As well as filmakers,a philosopher, all devolping ideas and sharing their thaughts. Edgar Reitz roughly based this on personal experiences, himself as a young filmaker singed to find new ways of experimenting with cinema.
Forget about the price or length, buy this and you won't know how you lived without it.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Bowman on 14 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
If you're wondering where to go after Heimat (1984), why not try Heimat 2 (The Second Heimat).
A sound reference point in deciding could well be your appreciation of the work of writer/director Edgar Reitz because the setting of Heimat 2 is very different. You will also have to have a liking for classical music and at least be willing to try 60's avant-garde. Music is never the centre of focus for long at a time, but it is a constant. Personally, I found it best to split the early episodes into two viewing sessions, but once I got into it, I was really hooked. The other art form which figures largely is film-making.
The main character in Heimat 2 is Hermann Simon, musician, academic, and at 19 bursting to get away from his Hunsruck home and go to Munich to study music. Following the thwarting of his first love affair, he has vowed never to love again and dedicate himself to his art. Hailing from a small town in Bavaria, Clarissa Lichtblau, cellist, has done the same sort of thing and the stop-go entanglement between these two is a constant theme in the story, which is told in thirteen episodes and subtitled "Chronicle of a Generation". This generation is comprised of students in the arts and humanities and a common theme is disaffection with home.
The structure used is to give each of the main characters a chapter in which they play the narrator. This brilliant innovation allows us into the thoughts of the character - difficult in film. The whole work spans a mere decade and is mostly set in cities and towns, Munich and several of the students' hometowns including Ammersee, but also Venice. It's beautifully done and the sight of all the traditional Bavarian architecture is a treat. Reitz undoubtedly has a way with stairwells.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey D. Palmer on 17 July 2009
Format: DVD
In 13 two-hour episodes - that's 26 hours of film/TV in total - Edgar Reitz sets out the story of a decade in the lives of a group of students - mostly, but not all, music students - in Munich through the 1960s. I somehow missed the first Heimat series, so I was never familiar with the story of Hermann Simon's early life in the Hunsrück. I discovered Heimat 2 part of the way through its first showing on British television back in the 1980s, and became addicted to it without even realising what it was - simply the most compelling TV series that I've ever seen.

In 1960, postwar West Germany is forging ahead economically, but still trying to come to terms with the past. Hermann (played by Henry Arnold) is trying to escape his personal past, and re-launch himself as a music student and composer. He travels to Munich and finds himself in the shining intellectual company of a close-knit group of fellow-students - some studying music at the conservatory, others studying film, and at least one studying poetry.

In the foyer of the conservatory (actually the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München - I've stood on the very spot at the foot of the staircase myself), he meets brilliant cellist and singer Clarissa Lichtblau (played by Salome Kammer). They're attracted to each other at the very outset, but the story has a very long way to run ... no spoilers here.

Most episodes are centred on one of the main characters, but at the same time the story of the group as a whole and the times in which they live is propelled forward.
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