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Luther [DVD]

Joseph Fiennes , Bruno Ganz , Eric Till    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth
  • Directors: Eric Till
  • Writers: Bart Gavigan, Camille Thomasson
  • Producers: Alexander Thies, Bart Gavigan, Brigitte Rochow, Christian P. Stehr, Dennis A. Clauss
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Subtitles: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2004
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001B7CTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reformation saint 6 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
Luther is a remarkable film in many ways. One disclaimer should be made -- this is not a documentary, in which the standard phrase about scenes being created or adapted for dramatic purposes would be made. No such disclaimer is given here, but the serious observer watching for history as well as entertainment should be warned not to accept everything at face value.
The performances are solid, occasionally stunning. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in 'Shakespeare in Love') does an exceptional job portraying Germany's turbulent priest, whose search for knowledge and personal salvation leads him to question all around him. The action moves quickly in the film, collapsing complex historical and theological items into almost single-issue ciphers for clarity in the film -- one might be forgiven for coming away from the film believing that Luther tacked up a declaration of 1 Thesis rather than 95 Theses, and that the Roman church was corrupt entirely. The tension within the church is alluded to in a few spots (the cardinal who hopes for a pope who will save the church, etc.), but by and large, the Roman church is portrayed with a broad brush as evil.
The scenes in which the peasants revolt and the people take Luther's messages to extremes are dramatically produced and emotionally moving without being gruesome or needlessly gory. The complexities of the people's wavering support for Luther, and Luther's occasional collaborations against the people, are similarly glossed over.
Fiennes is shown in a few points preaching to the people, as a priest and as a street leader -- Luther was known to be an effective preacher and teacher, and this comes across here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mover and Shaker 4 July 2012
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the German edition of the DVD. It is the same film (in English) but with different extras. Whether one is religious or not, Catholic or Protestant, one cannot deny that Luther was one of the world's great movers and shakers, in that the repercussions of his actions still strongly resonate in today's world.

When the opening credits revealed that it had been co-produced by a Lutheran financial institution, I was quite wary of the movie possessing possibly a too-heavy religious feel. After all, the story is of a religious figure. I have no formal religious drum to beat, thus I view the film qua film, but such a subject as Luther in itself cannot fail to present an agenda. (In an interview that appears as an extra on my DVD, director Eric Till points out that his film is not for theologians; if it was then it would never have been made as they would still be disagreeing over various aspects.)

So, thankfully, my initial fears were misplaced, since the film takes a predominantly secular and historical perspective as it tells Luther's story. Here we have a preacher battling with himself as well as with the religious hierarchy. This was also a time when religious doctrine had stark political influences. The film cannot help but show the worlds of religion and politics clashing. But it's not helped by the holy soundtrack composed by Richard Harvey.

The film's historical outline is broadly true. It commences in Erfurt in 1507 with the young Luther's holding his first mass. It is an embarrassing moment for all concerned. This is followed by his life-changing trip to Rome.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film 29 Jan 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
Luther is a remarkable film in many ways. One disclaimer should be made -- this is not a documentary, in which the standard phrase about scenes being created or adapted for dramatic purposes would be made. No such disclaimer is given here, but the serious observer watching for history as well as entertainment should be warned not to accept everything at face value.
The performances are solid, occasionally stunning. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in 'Shakespeare in Love') does an exceptional job portraying Germany's turbulent priest, whose search for knowledge and personal salvation leads him to question all around him. The action moves quickly in the film, collapsing complex historical and theological items into almost single-issue ciphers for clarity in the film -- one might be forgiven for coming away from the film believing that Luther tacked up a declaration of 1 Thesis rather than 95 Theses, and that the Roman church was corrupt entirely. The tension within the church is alluded to in a few spots (the cardinal who hopes for a pope who will save the church, etc.), but by and large, the Roman church is portrayed with a broad brush as evil.
The scenes in which the peasants revolt and the people take Luther's messages to extremes are dramatically produced and emotionally moving without being gruesome or needlessly gory. The complexities of the people's wavering support for Luther, and Luther's occasional collaborations against the people, are similarly glossed over.
Fiennes is shown in a few points preaching to the people, as a priest and as a street leader -- Luther was known to be an effective preacher and teacher, and this comes across here.
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Published 1 month ago by Miss J. R. Sitton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent film...
Published 1 month ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther DVD well worth purchasing
Excellent film - Joseph Fiennes superb and a really illustrious cast - why did I miss this in the cinema?
Highly recommended! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Firth
4.0 out of 5 stars historical
I enjoyed this film because it appears to be historically accurate. I am interested in the founder of the Lutheran religion.
Published 3 months ago by B. R. Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice video.
a really nice video, but upon checking rather a disapointing character in his hostility toward the people of God the jews.
Published 3 months ago by Mr B W ALFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent presentation
I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this film about Luther's life and his bold witness and action. There is superb acting in it, and it is a good interpretation of the difficulties that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is the second copy of Luther that we have purchased. We meant to bring it with us to England but apparently forgot to put in any of our DVDs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lynne mecham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Luther
Brilliant acting from Joseph Fiennes brings this famous historical character to life and reveals the mystery and subterfuge that surrounded the lives of the common people. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars luher
history always better than fiction. great to see a single man stand up to the evil of the roman catholic chuch. Read more
Published 11 months ago by kenneth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Gives a good overview of Luther's life and work and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. Would have liked further in-depth examination of Luther's coming to true faith, but to do... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Thomas
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