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Napola ( aka Before the Fall ) [ 2006 ] [ SUBTITLED ] [ IMPORT ]


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  • Actors: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Jonas Jägermeyr, Leon A. Kersten, Thomas Drechsel
  • Directors: Dennis Gansel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V108VY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

During World War II schools known as 'Napola' were set up for the strongest and smartest German men to be trained as potential leaders of the Third Reich. 'Napola' tells the story of a young German boxer who is recruited into such a school. This DVD is an officially released overseas import which is compatible with all UK & European DVD players. It has the original German soundtrack & good quality English subtitles both of which can be selected from the DVD setup menu.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pinn on 27 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Rising star Max Riemelt goes from strength to strength with his appearance in this film about a relatively unknown aspect of the Nazi regime, namely its reconstructing and discipling of the minds of teenagers destined to be future super troopers - or not as is the case for two of the cadets. The film explores the relationships between the cadets, and with their military teachers, and the perception of all of their roles in the Nazi juggernaut that unbeknown to them will ultimately falter, dragging down all and sundry into the ignominious but necessary end. The performances are strong, the scenic backdrop enhancing, and the technicalities underpin the film perfectly. It can be ranked as a worthy companion of the excellent film, Downfall.
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234 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Mulwharchar TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Reading the other reviews you will have twigged that this is the German film 'Napola', which I agree is excellent and which I already own. However I must deplore the DVD cover's complete misrepresentation of the film: this is not about 'a young man sent to serve on the frontline in one of the most ferocious battles of WWII' it's about two pupils in a Nazi boarding school (Napola = national political academy), there are no fleets of planes and it's about Germans, for chrissakes - there are no British or Americans to be seen. There's been a marked tendency recently for cynical distributors to re-title and package intelligent war films as mindless 'blood & guts' action films, and Amazon just cravenly reproduces their blurb. It does a real disservice to the films and completely misleads customers: as a consumer I deeply resent it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joe Mendonca on 17 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
I had no expectations when it came to Napola and usually I don't write reviews, however after spending an afternoon watching this beautiful piece of cinema I can't help but suggest this film, it is one of the best films depicting the time of the German Reign and ideology.

A remarkable drama that at moments are certain to distress viewers which only adds to the brilliant story.

Without saying much more, if you like foreign films this is certainly to make an impact.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By jimmcn1 on 22 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I won't waste time reviewing the film itself other than to state that this is a re-titled re-release of the outstanding movie "NAPOLA".

The movie itself is a fantastic piece of film making with excellent performances and terrific period detail. This re-released DVD however is nothing more than an insult not only to consumers but more importantly to the film makers responsible for the original release.

For some unknown reason Metrodome Distribution have re-titled this product and re-designed the packaging of the Dvd, however the biggest insult comes in two further alterations.

"NAPOLA" (the original release of this movie) was filmed and released in a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format. Despite being listed on the current "Before The Fall" packaging as a 1.85:1 anamorphic presentation, this re-release is actually a poorly altered PAN & SCAN version when compared to the original widescreen Dvd. This is evident when viewing the movie, even to those who have not seen the original, as parts of the full image are very clearly cut at the sides of the frame.

In addition to the altered picture format, this re-release also suffers from re-edited subtitles when compared with the "NAPOLA" release. Whilst the general meaning is similar the accompanying subtitles are not a direct translation of the actors dialogue. Why these alterations have been made is beyond comprehension as the original of this movie was, and still is an example of outstanding movie making, the kind that can't be found in the standard run of the mill hollywood releases.

In short, if you have a genuine interest in WW2 subject matter you will undoubtedly find this film a worthy addition to your collection. This said, I would strongly recommend paying slightly more money and finding yourself a copy of the original "NAPOLA" release in order to view the movie as the director intended us to see it.

Avoid this re-release at all costs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bulldog on 8 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Guess what ? I've been after 'Napola' for a long time and now I've accidentally bought it! I had no idea that this DVD was the film that I've wanted for years!

Why, oh why do they do this? The cover art has nothing at all to do with the film's plot; you might as well put the artwork from the film poster of Texas Chainsaw Massacre on a DVD case containing Mary Poppins! The blurb on the back of the case was outrageously erroneous and appears as if it was written by someone who has not even seen the film. This isn't the only instance of Metrodome engaging in such behaviour [Amongst Heroes and The Fallen are another two].

Apart from that one gripe, everything else about this excellent German film is OK. Good plot and, as regards uniform detail,spot on.

Finally, another instance of irrelevant art work. I've just looked at 'Beyond the Front Line', a film concerning the experiences of a Finnish regiment during the Winter War and through the so called 'Continuation War'. Oh no! The box has images of American soldiers on the front cover. WHY?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Mun Gavin on 15 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
But for the somewhat misleading cover-art (it also appears on the menu background), this is an excellent production.
The movie deals with the trials and tribulations of a young German boy/man who is invited to attend the local Napola (National (Nazi) Political Institute of Education)
The movie held my attention all the way and was very "authentic" in feel!
It clearly demonstrated the mental and physical toughness that was expected of young German men of the Nazi era - where the strong survive and the weak must perish.
Anyone interested in WWII, and the Nazis in particular, would enjoy this movie!
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