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Odessa File [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]

Maximilian Schell , Jon Voight , Ronald Neame    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Maximilian Schell, Jon Voight
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074B2N58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Originally released in 1974, The Odessa File is set in Hamburg a decade earlier. Its starting-point is the Nazi support network Odessa, and its involvement with Egyptian plans to destroy Israel. Peter Miller is a freelance journalist whose interest appears initially to be a professional one, before a personal dimension finally becomes apparent in his confrontation with SS Captain Roschmann.

Kenneth Ross adapts a well-honed screenplay from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, and director Ronald Neame captures a typically Cold War sense of individuals and organisations playing out a scenario of political right and wrong. John Voight, long before he became a cameo star, makes a sympathetic lead, able to judge between the moral and material aspects of his profession. Mary Tamm is photogenic, if uninvolving, as his girlfriend, while Maximillian Schell is a convincing Nazi stereotype. Andrew Lloyd-Weber contributes a serviceable score, centred on the catchy "Christmas Dream" sung by Perry Como. Not a classic suspense thriller, but an enjoyable and thoughtful one.

On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the cinema release with decent if not exceptional clarity, with optional 16:9 TV enhancement. There are French, German, Italian and Spanish overdubs, and subtitles in 21 languages. Detailed filmographies for Neame, Voight and Schell are included and the theatrical trailer is to the point in a way they so rarely are these days. --Richard Whitehouse

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent blu ray of a cold war thriller. 12 Aug 2012
bad reviews on here are because of the shoddy dvd that this was on. This blu ray looks outstanding! Image has released some bad blu rays but this isn't one of them. The storyline is a good one about post war nazis and it takes place in 1963. The movie was made in 1974 though and you wouldn't know it! by then germany was very much rebuilt, unlike 1963 or older. A very young mary tamm is in this one, she went on to make many films and tv appearances right up to 2009 , when she got cancer and she just recently died. rip. She aged very well too. But here we catch joh voight at his hieght of stardom still. He is excellent and really carries this movie well. There was a real odessa of course and the group did smuggle nazis to freedom. This makes this all the more of a good story here. Max shell is in here too and he is never anything but great so this should appeal to drama and conspiracy fans too. The blu ray is worth every penny too. with movies this old you just never know how it's going to look. this one will make you happy.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 28 May 2007
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What a wonderful star studded cast. I saw this film when first released - yes that was a long time ago - and the memory of it has lingered. It is superbly atmospheric, the music is outstanding, and the story enthralling. It is great to see so many famous names as they were thirty-plus years ago years ago and how well they have done in between. To the younger generation it is probably nothing more than history, but to my generation it was relevant. They do not make them like this nowadays.

If you have not seen it, then watch it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right again fred...... 24 May 2010
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Another great Frederick Forsyth adaption good story and as always with Forsyth impeccably researched does anyone remember the tv segment he did about identity fraud and how easy it was to become someone else? Anyway back to Odessa a very low key movie slowly gathering momentum yet never dragging on.Then there's the contrast between the cheery christmas tune Perry Como I think
and the sinister insidious goings on in the background and how innocently Jon Voight becomes embroiled with the deadly Odessa.
This is a fine 70's movie which unfairly basks in the shadow of the also brilliant Day of the Jackal,which got a dreadful remake some years back anyone remake Odessa? second thought maybe not!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WS...Yes... 19 Jan 2010
The Odessa File [DVD] [1974]

The widescreen version is not available stateside, so this is a great chance to see a film that really suffers from the pan and scan treatment. A non-regional player is a must, of course.

The music plays with your head, too. You'll never hear Perry Como and the 'Christmas Dream' song the same way again after listening to it in its first context as this movie's theme. And who would have thought Webber and Rice would have composed and written the score and song lyrics for such a dark thriller. Und die deutschen/Nazi kinder...ausgezeichnet!

Lots of fun and surprises. Merry Christmas, indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The idea may still upset 4 July 2011
Reviewing `Quiller' prompted me to remember `The Odessa File; a 1970s classic, highlighting the same competing forces at that time in Germany; the Old and the New. John Voight is the young journalist, given the diary of a Riga, German Jew, concentration camp victim. Maximillian Schell (another fine Austrian born actor - see my Quiller... and Life and Death... reviews) is his antithesis; the ex-SS Riga camp commander he is hunting, through the Ode'SS'a (to emphasise the point)! The unspeakable cruelty of the Riga camp is illustrated (which brings to mind the book, The Kindly Ones, also reviewed by me). Two hundred thousand German Jews entered the camp; 400 survived, according to the script."People don't want to know" is his girlfriend's plea as their life is increasingly disrupted. The young journalist hits a wall of silence, as the Odessa closes ranks to protect one of their own. The young journalist is captured but not by whom you might think. He emerges to continue his hunt. The danger mounts. The climax is fitting and personal to the young man. The film is about tenacity in the face of adversity; in simple terms, the good of the few against the evil of many. For some, the intrinsic idea may still upset. It should yet genocide continues. Love features little in this story.

Ian Hunter.
Author of `e-Love'.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 7 July 2006
I was told that after seeing "Day of the Jackel" that I had to see this movie, and it did not dissapoint any way or form!!! (I actually prefer it to "Day of the Jackel" now)

A really gripping story that really easy to follow, with a great twist at the end which I never saw comming.

Starts off pretty slow and we are not sure what we are actually suppose to be watching, but then once it develops everything falls into place and the movie turns into a really gripping film.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voigt Ably Carries It, and It Holds Its Own 19 Jun 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Odessa File" (1974) is a British-made thriller, based on a book of the same name by Sir Frederick Forsyth (The Odessa File), that gives us a good picture of life in that macho, muscular port city of Hamburg, Germany, a decade earlier. It opens on November 22, 1963, as the assassination and death of American President John F. Kennedy come in over the radio, interrupting the playing of a catchy Christmas song: "Christmas Dream," sung by Perry Como, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who did the film's score. The film stars Jon Voigt, (Midnight Cowboy [DVD] [1969]) playing journalist Peter Miller, who, after finding the diary of a Holocaust survivor who had recently committed suicide, begins following the trail of an SS officer who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller soon finds himself involved with an organization of former SS members called Odessa, as well as with the Israeli secret service, as the Odessa is apparently helping Egypt to build weapons that they hope will destroy Israel. Further probing reveals a link between the officer, Odessa and Miller's own family.

The movie was directed by Ronald Neame, who was to be made a Commander of the British Empire on the 1996 Queen's List. Neame had photographed "Blithe Spirit" (1945), "This Happy Breed," (1944), and "In Which We Serve." He directed "The Poseidon Adventure," "Scrooge," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brody," "Tunes of Glory," and "The Horse's Mouth." He had three Oscar nominations, and another three wins in his career. In this film, he is good at capturing the cold war feeling of the divided Germany, the sense of wheels within wheels.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong item
I have returned the DVD as it was in German not English. This was not made clear prior to ordering. I have yet to be reimbursed.
Published 8 days ago by david mcdermott
4.0 out of 5 stars Odessa File Review
Arrangements satisfactory. Thought was purchasing an English version of the film (as seen previously on TV). Item was multi-language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Odessa File.
Excellent film ,considering its age. Great actors in it. Well worth buying. It won't age. whenever you see it. Great.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
1.0 out of 5 stars poor after sales care
Not realizing this item was German - yes the title is in German if you look through a magnifying glass to read it - I was told I could return it but would have to pay the postage... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josie
1.0 out of 5 stars ODESSA FILE
I should have checked to see if this import would work on my player which it did not. This is a great film however!
Published 2 months ago by ken
3.0 out of 5 stars A Perry Como/Tim Rice Christmas Song Gets an Airing in Hamburg...
It is not an unwatchable film, though making a mainstream thriller/entertainment with bits of badly scripted sermonizing about how bad the Nazis were (we were only obeying orders... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mario
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and implausible NAZI hunter flick
As a teenager I remember seeing this at the cinema at some point in the mid-to late 70s and really enjoying it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Odessa
This has been a long time favourite, so was not disappointed. One of my 'come back again, never tire of' films.
Published 4 months ago by bbop
5.0 out of 5 stars QUESTION
Published 4 months ago by gordon gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Odessa File
Famous movie but not enjoyed by all. Wonderful acting and very tense in places. Good story and would recommend to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. B. Bromley
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