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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Michael Lonsdale
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Icelandic, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EF5SZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steven Spielberg directs this tense and controversial thriller, following the actions of a team of Mossad agents dispatched by the Israeli government to seek revenge against the Palestinian terrorist organisation that funded and carried out the assassinations of eleven Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. In the days after the assassinations, young and enthusiastic Mossad operative Avner (Eric Bana) is asked by President Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) to lead Israel's response. With the help of his handler Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush), Avner assembles a team, including bomb expert Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), experienced sweeper Carl (Ciaran Hinds), unpredictable Steve (Daniel Craig), and dependable Hans (Hanns Zischler). Plugging itself into Europe's terrorist network, the team operates undercover and relies on information provided by the mysterious 'Le Group', headed by the avuncular Papa (Michael Lonsdale). As the team assassinates its targets, using methods that range from sophisticated explosives to up-close shootings, Avner and the others begin to question the morality of their actions, and whether vengeance can ever be a just motive. As Avner starts to miss his wife Daphna (Ayelet Zorer), the mission takes a deadly turn when the Mossad squad is itself targeted, and Avner finds himself becoming increasingly paranoid and suspicious.

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Munich is a film with no easy answers, and plenty of uncomfortable moments. It also finds Steven Spielberg on masterly form behind the camera, telling a relentlessly serious and unsettling story with the gravitas it absolutely requires.

Set immediately after the murder of nine Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics (an event that’s brutally re-enacted), the film is supposedly a fictionalised account based on true events of what happened next. Namely, the Israelis ordering together a secret team--led by Eric Bana’s Avner--to take out those they considered responsible.

Only it’s not that easy. It doesn’t take long for the film to start blurring the moral debate. Is what Avner and his team are doing that different from the original assassins? Can he reconcile the brutality of his actions? And what happens when the programme of retaliation doesn’t go quite to plan?

By turns, Munich is a brutal, gripping and important film. It’s not always easy to penetrate, and it really demands some good old-fashioned concentration to fully appreciate it. Yet it’s superb filmmaking, and an engrossing piece of cinema. Oscar may have snubbed it, but you’d be wise not to make the same mistake.--Jon Foster

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 July 2006
Format: DVD
Months after the hype and debate, Munich stands up well to re-examination. The London sequences still look like they were shot in Hungary and the film's avoidance of the Lillehammer incident, and indeed the fact that its protagonists never truly cross the line in any of their actions tends to make it far more partisan than its makers believe. But the strengths far outweigh the flaws. Easily the best of this year's Best Picture nominees, it goes to great lengths to humanize its targets, and does so without the kind of speechifying that constantly stopped Black Sunday in its tracks. Despite the effort, it still ends up less about the moral quagmire of the Arab-Israeli conflict and more a film about the dehumanising effect on the film's righteous killers as skirted issues of moral doubt give way to the very paranoia they earlier joked about. Not that the politics aren't raised - Black September retaliation for the killings leads one of the squad to comment "We're in dialogue" while the much-criticized staircase scene does at least remain true to the characters by having THEIR dialogue limited to their own equally narrow perceptions - but the film's real ambiguity is more psychological than political or even moral. Even when the hunters become the hunted and the possibility that they're informers are also informing on them, the film avoids black and white answers: while two Israelis are definitely killed by a team hunting the assassination squad, a third is much more doubtful.

It's a fine piece of filmmaking, too, despite the odd mis-step, never feeling its 164-minute length and throwing in some excellent moments of tension as the inexperienced killers botch their way through their hit list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2013
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Based upon the true story of the terrorist murders of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches following a botched rescue attempt in the 1972 Munich Olympics. It tells the story of how the Mossad took revenge by tracking down and assassinating anyone involved in the plotting of the attack in an operation named Wrath of God. A small band of specialists assist a Mossad agent in his quest for revenge as he hunts down the members of the terrorist group Black September.

The film starts out with the events that happened in 1972 and from there you follow the Mossad agent as he locates and kills the targets using a variety of weapons and explosives.

A gripping film from beginning to end with some very convincing performances. You get to see how the revenge killings get out of hand and you begin to wonder if the Israeli government have ulterior motives behind the assassinations or if it is genuine revenge. You also see the Mossad start to question the ethics behind the killings

A superb film which will have you in a moral dilemma

The extras contains a frank interview with a family member of one of the Israeli athletes killed in 72. In the interview she says that she was contacted every time one of the targets was killed. This played on her mind to the point where she asked for contact to stop. Well worth watching the extras
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 2 Sept. 2008
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Be it Israeli secret service agents hunting down Arab terrorists - the story of the movie - or one country invading another country to dispose a dictator or hunt a terrorist, the morale of the story is the same: revenge eats you up until you are indistinguishable from the thing you are fighting.

And to add irony to injury it does nothing but breed more revenge in return.

This is a very good movie about an important historic event and a good lesson we need to learn again and again. It is not a comfortable thing to watch.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2006
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It's thought provoking, it's balanced and director Stephen Spielberg doesn't waste anytime getting to the heart of the issues or the action. Munich works on a number of levels as an audacious political statement, a tense thriller, and an inspiringly brutal look at two peoples forever caught up in a cycle of violence, constantly drowning in a sea of their own blood.

It's a bleak vision and Spielberg carries it off beautifully, providing us with a clipped and tight back-story, where the Palestinian terrorists invade the Olympic village in Munich, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking another nine as hostages.

The Israeli response is swift and fast with Prime Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) authorizing a top-secret assassination campaign which will carried out by the security agency Mossad, aimed at wiping out those who had planned the attack. It is left to the hunky Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) to emotionally and strategically shoulder most of the burden.

The team is a seemingly innocuous and innocent mix. Daniel Craig's Steve is the group's impulsive hard-liner, a strapping Israeli itching for reprisal, often clashing with Ciaran Hinds' Carl, the cleanup man. There's a sweet-faced bomb expert named Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), and a thoughtful muscleman (Hanns Zischler).

As Avner cooks dinner, they all get to know one another, hashing out the fine details and the boarder implications for themselves and for the Jewish state. And so the methodological killing begins, yet as Munich progresses, what remains of certainty vanishes, replaced by a thousand conflicting agendas.
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