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Rhineland 1945 DVD

Derek Simmons , Travis Estes , Chris Grega    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Derek Simmons, Travis Estes, Paul Wendell, Brock Roberts, Robert Nolan Clark
  • Directors: Chris Grega
  • Producers: Robin Garrels
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Rockstone Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WT0TCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in March, 1945 during the battle known as The last great killing ground in the west RHINELAND tells the story of a young replacement thrown into an under-strength mine platoon. A burned-out lieutenant and a bitter sergeant are his only guides as he struggles to come to terms with the brutality of war during the final bloody months of World War II.


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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When will i ever learn ? 29 Aug 2012
Format:DVD
Another low budget load of junk.How many times could i say that,this year? There is an actor called Muck and one called Heffernan in this film,but it is no Band of Brothers.The second film in a row that is so bleached it is virtually black and white,although the colour fades in and out quite a lot for no discernable reason.Despite the Germanic title,this is an American film,with not very good actors,who you've never heard of,going through the motions.The effects are poor,the budget appears to have been miniscule and the unconvincing action scenes are filmed in the same couple of locations,just shot from different angles,in a laughable attempt to fool the viewer.(It has basically been shot in a couple of fields and barely a copse of trees).There are also quite a few worm's eye view shots,from the protagonists viewpoints in a very unsubtle effort to hide this fact.Most of the action scenes are shot with a handycam in a VAIN effort to recreate the realism of film/t.v of say Black Hawk Down,Pacific etc,but this fails miserably due to the poor effects.It looks more like a bunch of overage,semi-retired media executives on a weekend's jolly,paint-balling.In quite a few shots, the actors barely flinch while incoming mortar/artillery rounds land just feet away from them.(This is because they are obviously smokepots and they look like smokepots,with all the explosive power and shrapnel of a couple of bangers,casually tossed in their general direction.)The grenade throwing scenes are positively LAME,half-hearted efforts.(I think most of the actors had given up by this stage in the film.At this point, I was expecting some of the Yank soldiers to start bowling grenades underarm,but thankfully they don't).None of the blood/wounds look remotely real. Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a new release of a film from 2007 and available from the US in Region 1 called `Rhineland'. This is the first time it has been available in Region 2. It is about a group of anti tank gunners, who are detoured to become a mining detail. The main man is Calvin Mayer (Derek Simmons) and we focus on him throughout the film. His other four companions are thrown into a unit where the Lieutenant is on the edge of a break down and the Sargeant is more cynical than a disgruntled teen ager who lacks any empathy or basic humanity and seems to be more keen to undermine the men than get them to act as a fighting unit.

They are put to work doing what ever is asked of them during what was often referred to as `the last great killing ground in the west', that is the Rhineland in 1945. They get increasingly used to do jobs they were never trained for and as the stress mounts so too does the body count.

Director and writer Chris Grega has decided to go for the minimal music approach and it does work as a way to ramp up the tension during the battle scenes. There we just have the battle noise and fug to convey the panic and confusion that is concomitant with most war scenarios. And I must say it does work.

The arms, uniforms and vehicles are all pretty authentic and this did have a lot of money spent on it and on the whole has extremely good production values. The acting is all good but no Oscar nominations methinks and I did get the feeling that some of the actors took their time to get into their respective roles as it certainly improves as the film proceeds. And the Germans all speak German which I always appreciate so well done for that.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something of a rip-off 9 Oct 2012
Format:DVD
Well, I've just read the 3 reviews written here, and I don't agree with any of them - not in total. One thinks it's a decent effort all round, and the 1 star guy thinks it's the biggest load of junk ever. I'm going to sit in the middle and give it 2 stars, because I have seen MANY war films that are worse than this. I have also seen many (some low budget) that are infinitely better. It has been likened to Band of Brothers with similar plot scenarios, but personally I think the director was a huge fan of When Trumpets Fade, (now THERE was a war film) Buck private survives against all the odds and is awarded a sergeantcy against his wishes. An officer cracks under the strain, significant scene with dog-tags, new sgt takes over five brand new replacements. All this was to be seen in WTF, and done far better. My other null points stance has to do with the infuriating hand held camera work in the action scenes. I know, I know, it's done to simulate the chaos and madness of battle,but GOD, it does my head in!! I want to see what's happening, the small unit tactics,(if any) how the guys are deployed etc. NOT wobble wobble, flash bang, run, jump, get down, get up and nobody knows what the HELL is happening. On a more positive note,although the 1 star guy denigrates the explosions and grenade action, with some justification - the grenade bursts were, in fact,a lot more realistic than in many films, where they explode like miniature atom bombs with great gouts of flame.Not so! fragmentation grenades explode with a brief flash and puff of smoke. Believe me, I know of what I speak. Perhaps I should mention the uniforms. They looked pretty authentic for the period, but they all seemed so NEW, as though just issued by the QM that day,not worn for weeks by guys living in fields and foxholes. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not what I expected and quite a poor low budget film!
Published 6 days ago by nicky preston
1.0 out of 5 stars rineland
Shockingly a very bad film poor acting poor fight scenes everythink dont i repeat dont waste your money you will regret it
Published 11 months ago by abazabar
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected.
The production of this film has a lot to be desired. The script was a little naff, I wouldn't recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Dennis C. Ilott
1.0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH FILM, NOTHING BUT A LOAD OF RUBBISH
Nice packing, great picture on the case but the film is rubbish, slow, very little action I have thrown it in the bin it is not worth watching twice, don't buy it you will be... Read more
Published 17 months ago by BARRY CLEWLOW
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Sorry been so long since I've watched it,I have forgotten what it's like,which for me,as I like a wary film,means I didn't think much of it.
Published 17 months ago by mervyn middleton
1.0 out of 5 stars I suffered so you don't have to
Wooden acting, paintball style shootouts, 1 tank and DVD cover that should fall foul of advertising standards. Read more
Published 22 months ago by mbrfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
I think ANC is being more than a little harsh on this solid indie action drama. In a way I see his point, there are a mass of crap unwatchable war films on the market and if like... Read more
Published 24 months ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars "Rhineland (2007) ... Chris Grega (Director) ... VCI Ent. (2011)"
88mm Productions presents "RHINELAND" (2007) (93 min/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Director Chris Grega was able to put it all together with an ambitious... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by J. Lovins
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