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  • Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HOJF5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection comprising nine films from the prolific and controversial German writer and director. Fassbinder started his career in the theatre where he first displayed his unflinching and unsentimental take on humanity. In his work he set out to expose the hypocrisy and corruption he saw in post war Germany. Dying from an overdose aged just 37, he remained a unique, politically committed auteur, right to the end. This set comprises the films: 'Love is Colder Than Death', 'Katzelmacher', 'Gods of the Plague', 'The American Soldier', 'Niklashauser Journey', 'Rio des Mortes', 'Beware of a Holy Whore', 'The Merchant of Four Seasons', and 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant'.

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By HJ on 30 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
The release of the vast Fassbinder catalogue on dvd seems a dream come true - co-ordinated box sets featuring (nearly) all the director's films in chronological order, with all the relevant documentaries & shorts. Fassbinder was so prolific that, if you are a big fan, box sets are the only affordable, practical & sensible way to go, especially given the large discounts you regularly find on boxes.
So what are the options?
Arrow box set RWF #1 "69-72" features the first 9 mostly experimental slow minimalist/pastiche films.
Arrow box set RWF #2 "73-82" features 8 films from Fassbinder's more polished, focused and successful mid 1970s period.
Artificial Eye box set #1 has 3 films plus a full-length documentary (note: NOT the actual film I Only Want You to Love Me).
Artificial Eye box set #2 has 4 films (looks a rather daunting selection!). As far as I can tell these Artificial Eye box sets are not really themed, but kind of round up films from RWF's late period (& have lots of extras).
The Second Sight box set presents Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz on 6 discs.
There are no duplications across any of these releases (but there are still a few films missing).
I went for Arrow box set #1 "69-72" in the Amazon half-price pre-order sale because I like the early stuff best. This box is basic - there is no booklet & apart from trailers not many extras other than those on the Merchant & Petra Von Kant discs, but generally the packaging & presentation is fine & all the films have been restored by the RWF Foundation (though the original prints are often quite low-budget & rough).
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Peacock VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Contains:

LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH
16:9, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles

KATZELMACHER
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles
Trailer

GODS OF THE PLAGUE
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles
Trailer

THE AMERICAN SOLDIER
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles

THE NIKLASHAUSEN JOURNEY
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles

RIO DAS MORTES
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles

BEWARE OF THE HOLY WHORE
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles
Trailer

THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles
Women of Fassbinder - The Women of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (58:40mins)
Life, Love & Celluloid - A Journey and a Film Retrospective (1:29:35)

THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT
4:3, 2.0 audio with optional English subtitles
End of the Commune (47:17mins)
Harry Baer Interview (40:53mins)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helpline on 12 Feb. 2013
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Having never come across any of the movies on this boxset before, this was a bit of risk purchase. It actually took me a couple of months to work up to starting these. Having done so I am transfixed. Individually some of these movies come across as better than others, but really in my view they are best viewed as part of a gradual unfolding and refining of Fassbinder's vision, especially as the same ensemble of actors run through many of the films on here. On the face of it, the film sets are very basic (and I mean very basic....often just a table and chair in a bare room) and the films themselves often seem to be made up of a series of cut up 'staged' set pieces shot in a pseudo documentary style. Doesn't sound too promising on the face of it, but I found these pieces absolutely fascinating, so much so that I ended up setting myself up to watch them 1 per day until I got through them. Themes of poverty and aspiration as well as sexual and racial politics run through the films but these are not merely po-faced intellectual exercises. Instead I found them thoroughly modern, compelling, especially visually, and a great introduction to a truly great film-maker... now, for box set 2!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vigor on 8 July 2014
Format: DVD
I bought both Arrow's Fassbinder DVD box sets from the hut, and was really gutted that the vol.1 I have received is a stripped down re-release, that got only the discs stuck in one DVD box with no information on the disc content, or the many special features included on the discs. (Vol. 2 dispatched was the first release and it is fine).

The main problem is that the item description on any site doesn't say that this is a re-release, which most collectors won't buy. We buy box sets not only to watch the movies, but to keep them. That's why the industry is going down - I'd rather download them now, then to buy them in this shape. If you do them in this packaging, the least you could do is to add a small booklet with the disc content and film description.

Awesome collection unnecessary ruined!
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By Radio Free Alice on 24 Jan. 2015
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All fassbinder's films are great. And this box set is such good value.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Konrath on 11 Dec. 2013
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Finally I discovered that they were available, last time I looked I could only find one or two individual films at exorbitant prices - the kind of art house movie prices! I have seen most of the films back in the 60's and 70's, in the "Lupe" cinemas in Cologne. Looking forward to watch them after Xmas, having got them for my wife as present!
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