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Rescue Dawn [DVD]

Christian Bale , Steve Zahn , Werner Herzog    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Zach Grenier, Jeremy Davies, Marshall Bell
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTRO8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog directs this action drama telling the true story of downed Vietnam pilot Dieter Dengler. Based on the director's 1997 documentary 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly', the film follows Dengler (Christian Bale) as he fulfils his lifelong dream by making his way to the United States and joining the Air Force. Shot down over Vietnam and captured by the Vietcong, Dengler has to quickly adapt to the harsh brutality of his situation, biding his time until he can risk an escape attempt with his fellow POW's.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never seen a Herzog before? 30 Sep 2008
Neither have I. I felt an attraction to this film for the simple reason Christian bale was in it. I have never been let down by his performance in any film and i expected no less in this one. I was vaguely aware of Werner Herzog's previous films but, i'll be honest, documentaries and such don't fare well with me. This was to my mind a pre-Vietnam war film that would tell an acute story of survival and hope/fear.
I wasn't disappointed. Bale is excellent and carries the entire film, right from the initial sequences of boyish innocence and anticipation straight through the scenes of torture (some of which are quite harrowing in their simplicity) to the heart-rending climax.
Its one of those films that you watch and simply, without question, appreciate. The cinematography is astounding, the music haunting and beautiful, the characterisations all spot on, the emotional core a resolute solidarity.
Its not a comedy, but there are some wonderful human moments where you can't help but smile. Yes, i stand by my review. Its an excellent film and well worth a look.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph of the human spirit! 9 May 2008
This incredible Werner herzog film follows the true story of US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler, a native of Germany who went to the US as a 17 year old with no english. He became impassioned to become a pilot when he made eye contact with an American Fighter Pilot who was flying low over his Black Forest village as a child during WW2. Dieter became embroiled in the nascent Vietnam conflict and was shot down over his first mission, a secret bombing run into Laos. He is captured and tortured by the Vietcong. He is offered reprieve from torture if he signs a pro communist disclaimer-he refuses.
Christian Bale as usual gives an outstanding performance of a most resourceful ebullient character who even finds time to smile at a child when being dragged into the village. He flirts with a female guard to keep a chunk of mirror that he uses in a periscope. Whilst in prison, he meets Steve Zahn's character, another pilot shot down as well as Jeremy Davies whose sanity is all but gone. Dieter motivated the prisoners and successfully breaks out of the camp, but the real prison is the formidable jungle terrain between them and safety.
I defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat and a tear in their eye about this amazing man who had no room for hatred or pettiness. This film is a bolt of spirituality. Also look out for the excellent real life documentary on Dieter Dengler in the bonus features.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent War Film but rather relaxing 27 Nov 2007
Best film I have seen in ages, really enjoyed the characters and thought Christian Bale looked like he really enjoyed acting in this film and showed a much nicer side than that of American american psycho. The characters in the film were really good and very individual. As they were pretty much alone and out in the sticks and isolated thought this film was a bit like Castway with Tom Hanks. You get to see Loas which is what attracted me to the film initially. Excellent will watch again soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic For Friday Night! 1 Dec 2008
This is a heart touching, inspiring true story based on Dieter Dengler a german born US citizen during the Vietnam war. After having on a top - secret bombing run over Laos he is shot down and sent to a Vietcong camp, Dieter soon plots revenge against the guards and makes a cunning and inspiring escape plan!

Enough about the movie! More about the transfer! O.K then

Picture: The jungles of the far east are well portrayed in fantastic 1080p the colors are sharp and beautiful and very clear but can be a bit dull and DVD looking at times. 9/10

Audio: The sound is good but at times is unclear and can be difficult to make out the speech (or maybes its Bale's American accent) 8/10

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Film 28 April 2008
Based on a true story `Rescue Dawn' follows downed fighter pilot Dieter as he is captured and held prisoner by the Vietcong in the time just before the Americans official entered the war. During his time in the prisoner camp he meets others who have been there for over 2 years. Rather than suffer through starvation and madness Dieter decides to plan an escape. With the aid of his new friends Dieter helps bring new hope to a desperate situation. Highlighting the suffering of both the Vietnamese and prisoners of war `Rescue Dawn' proves a powerful watch.

Christian Bale as Dieter is the one of the most remarkable things about this film. He is one of the few actors around at the moment that can reinvent himself in every role. As Dieter he is an eccentric who will try anything and is very charismatic. With a relatively small budget the film works because the cast is so good. Steve Zahn as Duane and Jeremy Davies as Gene also shine making the film feel very intermit, almost like a play at times. This is not to say that Director Werner Herzog does not make the most of his location. The film is beautiful with shots of rich jungle making sure you know that the actors are there for real. The only negative is that it is quite a hard watch because of the dark subject matter and the pace may be too slow for some. However, with such a progressive director and leading actor `Rescue Dawn' is a great film that explores the Vietnam War in an intelligent and entertaining way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Based on a true story from the Vietnam war era, Christian Bale stars as Lieutenant Dieter Dengler on his first solo mission who was shot down over Laos, survived the crash, and who... Read more
Published 17 days ago by RSProds
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Killing Fields meets Shawshank!
Definitely one of my favorite war/survival movies. Incredibly gripping from start to finish. Werner Herzog should be very proud of himself for making the film so believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H.E.Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars How Disappointing
Item was damaged, disc was rattling around in its case, when playing DVD it would stick in places.
So very disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by gary r bartram
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive movie in most areas
Very nearly a five star film ,but some parts were just too uninvolving and unconvincing for a perfect score. Read more
Published 3 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
4.0 out of 5 stars the horrors of war
Good story, well acted but hard to hear the sound track. Excellent cinematography and a tribute to Dengler's immense courage.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs E. Scarlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Herzog does mainstream Hollywood Vietnam War
Based on a true story, I found it to be a depressing, two dimensional piece of film making. A surprise given the director is Werner Herzog. Read more
Published 8 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Christian Bale lives up to expectations in this gripping war tale. Incredibly moving at times, witty and humorous at others. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Saw this a few years ago and thought it was great. Have bought it as a gift for my husband so yet to find out if he likes it - will let you know. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sheel
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Anything with Christian Bale is worth a look as he is top class and this movie is no different showing that human spirit cannot be broken ,recommended
Published 9 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
I like this film, very realistic story want to watch again when I have time. guess this really happened many times without the rescue if only we knew
Published 9 months ago by Netty
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