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Heimat [DVD] [1984]

Marita Breuer , Marliese Assmann , Edgar Reitz    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Marita Breuer, Marliese Assmann, Eva Maria Bayerwaltes, Helga Bender, Gabriele Blum
  • Directors: Edgar Reitz
  • Producers: Edgar Reitz, Hans Kwiet
  • 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: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 921 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000284A56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Originally broadcast on UK TV in 1984, director Edgar Reitz's epic 'Heimat - A Chronicle of Germany' remains a landmark in film-making history today.

Presented in deluxe collectors edition (with a specially designed replica hardback book binding that holds 6 discs) this winner of the International Critics' prize in Venice in 1984, runs almost 16 hours, was shot over 2 years, features 28 leading performers, has 140 speaking roles and includes 5,000 non-professional actors.

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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 22 July 2004
By A Customer
'Heimat' must be one of the best series ever made. The story is so believable and realistic, you really can imagine how life may have been in the fictitious village of Schabbach, in the 'Hunsrueck' area of Germany.
The story deals with a number of very difficult issues (World War Two in particular) with great sensitivity, but makes no attempt to 'whitewash' the past. From a historical perspective, the series provides a fascinating insight into the way life must have changed for ordinary people in rural Germany during the twentieth century.
An interesting feature of the series is the use of both colour film and monochrome which takes a while to get used to. The result, however, is very effective, although there are some black and white scenes where colour would be welcome, as the landscape is beautiful and the monochrome fails to do it justice.
It is good news that the DVD is to be released in its original German with English subtitles, as the language used by the inhabitants of the village is mostly the local dialect which, for those who understand it, adds further authenticity to the story.
I am looking forward to seeing this series on DVD. It has been a long wait (it was first shown on British television during the mid 1980's, and may have been repeated once, but not recently). It makes compelling viewing for anyone who enjoys a series which is both thought-provoking and well acted, unlike the ubiquitous soap operas shown on TV these days.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heimat 1, for the Heart and the Head 30 July 2005
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If I could take one movie to my desert island, this would be it - from the first scene I was entranced.
I played my DVDs through immediately they arrived, even though the showing on BBC 4 had only just finished. I shall replay them once every year as a special event.
Heimat 1 is the story of three generations of three families connected through tradition, at least to start with, and intermarriage. It is set against the background of two World Wars and several crucial technological and socio-economic changes. To a fictional rural village, Schabbach, in the Hunstruck, which has probably been much the same for two or three hundred years, comes photography, radio, telephone, a highway, consumer credit and factory farming. At the beginning the Simons' slate and timber farmhouse is full of people, extended family and neighbours. At the end Maria, the mother, dies alone. In contrast Katharina, the grandmother and blacksmith's wife, lives her traditional life and dies surrounded by her extended family - a perfect fit.
But it wasn't all roses back then. Katharina's younger brother, Glasisch, returns from World War 1 with a skin disease caused by exposure to gas. "Get your scabby fingers away from me" is all his lot, and, although he's central in almost everything that goes on in the village, he's also an outsider and therefore makes the ideal narrator for the film, a detached observer.
There are other literary-type devices, such as the untimely death of Otto, Maria's lover in middle age. He was just too good for the world.
A lovely piece of irony occurs when Edward, the sickly son of the family, has been sent to Berlin to get his lung seen to. His mother, Katharina, is afraid he'll be seduced by a mysterious French woman who's just passed through the village.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased the Tartan edition of this rather than the German one because of the bad reputation the German edition has for the poor quality of its digital transfer. I wasn't disappointed. The quality of the digital remastering is excellent. That doesn't mean that the edition doesn't have some minor flaws. The packaging is needlessly bulky, clearly designed more for the splash on store shelves than for customers with storage space considerations. More annoyingly, the English subtitles can't be turned off, a thoughtless mastering oversight. To make matters worse, the translations are occasionally quite stupid. E.g. the title of Episode 3, "Eine Weihnacht Wie Noch Nie" is translated as "The Best Christmas Ever". It would be more accurately rendered as "A Christmas Like Never Before". This isn't a matter of simple correctness. The Christmas referred to is that of 1933 and the ambiguity of the German and the correct translation is crucial to the sense of the episode. When all is said and done, however, these are comparatively minor matters, and it is very nice to have such an excellent transfer of this remarkable work on DVD
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about time for a beautiful classic 31 Oct 2004
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Heimat is one of those programmes I've watched that kind of changed my view of life, and made me think a lot about stories, humanity, history, love, family, personal journeys and much more. It is just so beautiful. I love the way each 'episode' is a small film in it's own right and I love the continuity with old characters getting older and being superceded by their offspring and historical context. You really feel like you are living it with them. I shall never forget the episode that introduced Hermann, who would go on to be the main character in Heimat 2. It was so real, so passionate and so erotic too, completely unexpected. I remember walking down the street the next day thinking about it and dreading the series ending. But from that I learned that you must never regret good things happening for fear of them ending, I know that sounds corny but this is how much the series affected me. It is so intelligent but also full of heart and life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, Waiting To Be Discovered
A series of films which follows one family living in a quaint German village through the early to mid twentieth century, and journeys with them through all their ups and downs; so... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by SIMPLE NOTES.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not better known?
The other reviews in this section will tell you all you need to know about the quality and content of this amazing series of films. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Edition vs Slimline
Just a note to draw attention to the fact that some Marketplace Sellers are offering the Slimline versions of Heimat instead of the Collector's Edition that is pictured by Amazon,... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2008 by Abdias
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly Good
It is rare that Television provides a production of this length, substance and quality. I did not see it when it was broadcast and bought it because I have an interest in Germany... Read more
Published on 16 April 2006 by GeeJayBee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value
I got this item when I saw it was nearly half price. DVD quality is superb, and the package as a whole is fantastic. Amazing value. Amazing series. Superb package. Not widescreen. Read more
Published on 1 April 2006 by Nozza
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent dvd treatment of a classic
Unlike the Facets Video (Region 0) DVD version of Heimat, this version -- the Tartan DVD -- gets everything right. Picture and sound are both beautifully clear. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2005 by John Dunlevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking television series from 1982....
When reading a book on German Cinema a few years ago, I came across frequent references to Edgar Reitz's 'Heimat' - which was frequenly cited as a key-work and one that like... Read more
Published on 9 July 2005 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Heimat - eine Deutsche masterpiece ...
There's no denying this, but I had heard of Edgar Reitz's 1984 magnum opus but paid little heed to this 923-minute arthouse epic. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2005 by MarmiteMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Intimate
Along with Dekalog, this is the film (or films?)that I would save from the proverbial fire. Reitz gets the pitch of his story spot on, managing to avoid oversentimentality while... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - yet dissapointing
Although utterly fantastic and a monumental piece of cinema, I was devastated to find out that this was missing the second series, although it said it contained 1 & 2! Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2005
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