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Stalingrad [DVD] [2014]

Thomas Kretschmann , Mariya Smolnikova    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Thomas Kretschmann, Mariya Smolnikova
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Russian, German
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Polish, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: 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 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2014
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IMD0U2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

“Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

The disc contains the English dub as well as the Russian original version with English subtitles.

DVD Bonus Features Include:
  • English Dub
  • “The Making of Stalingrad” Featurette

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
They could have at least tried to make it more historically accurate.

It starts off with the disaster in Fukishima, Japan. I'm thinking I've got the wrong film. But the disaster there is used to go back to the fight in Stalingrad - though they're completely different types of 'disaster'. Then there's a voice over telling you about the Russians desperately trying to get a toehold on the Stalingrad side of the Volga river. And that did it for me! The Russians already had a 'toe-hold' - they never lost all of Stalingrad. The whole premise of the film is ahistorical.

But, it's visually stunning. An elite group sneak across the river to uninstall German explosives in preparedness for the great Russian attack. They fail and the leading Russian elements are caught in a whirlwind of fire and explosives.

But they come running out of the flames, fully on fire, and continue the attack on the Germans - all, as I say, visually stunning. But for me rather silly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing after all the hype 3 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was expecting so much more than this film delivered. I was hoping for something that focussed on the enormity and historical significance of the battle not how 5 Russians feel in love with one woman and then got killed! The whole film was set over a period of a couple of days and could have been about any part of the war. It was in fact a bit cheesy.

The main lead character was dubbed with an American accent which was awful so I watched it in Russian with the sub titles on and that made it more bearable.

Probably not one I will revisit from my movie collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a pity! 3 July 2014
Format:DVD
What a lost opportunity! A lot of money spent on a fantastic set and good props spoiled by overdubbing that gave the lead character am American accent and a script that shows the worst side of Russian sentimentality. The Nazi characters were cardboard cut outs only suitable for a comic book. The characterisation of the roles was almost non existent and the use of slow motion in the action scenes was enough to spoil them. If you want to see a good film about Stalingrad, watch Enemy at the Gate. They wasted their money making this, don't waist yours watching it.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad 2013 Russian Blu Ray 26 Jun 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the Russian made 2013 Blu Ray. Picture and sound quality on Blu Ray is good as to be expected. The film starts in modern day Japan which made me think i had purchased Godzilla by accident! The film is quite poorly dubbed into English, a personal dislike of mine, however you can watch it in Russian/German with subtitles. The special effects are ok, especially the scene depicting the Heinkel HE 111 being shot down. There is a lot of use of slow motion during the combat scenes which i also dislike. Unfortunately I found the story itself is very poor. This was so biased and cliched it could almost have been made back in the days of Stalin's rule. The Wehrmacht come across as beasts, monsters, fanatical Nazis and murderers whilst the Russians as brave, patriotic human beings. The reality was that both sides were human beings driven to the extreme, with both good and bad people in their ranks whilst they fought for their lives under the rule of surely two of the most brutal regimes the world has ever known. I consider the German made Stalingrad film from 1993 to be better than this. Enemy At The Gates was also, in my opinion a better movie. Don't expect anything like Come and See or The Star or any of the other old Russian movies here, nor is this Band Of Brothers/Saving Private Ryan either. I for one don't think i will ever watch this again. I was expecting much better. Even the appearance of Thomas Kretschmann as the leading German officer who movie fans will recognise from Downfall, The Pianist, Valkyrie, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Stalingrad (1993) and Dracula the series can't save this film. If i were to sum it up in word?

Scheiße!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is Russia's entry to the 2014 Academy Awards for best Foreign language film. Problem is the version I saw was dubbed into American. I know there have been issues with the huge sub titles that did not necessarily match the dialogue, but I would always prefer to watch in the original language - which I have now found out was an option - my bad, but I could not sit through this again. The Germans all speak German so that bit was alright.

Anyway the movie tells the story of a band of Russian soldiers and navy who have to defend a strategically important house in the centre of Stalingrad to protect the Volga crossing. [If only the Germans had brought some planes they could have flown over!] Still never mind, and in this house is Katya who they are all smitten with. They are up against a German of ambiguous disposition, Kahn, who could be a good German or a crazed rapist and xenophobe, the debate is a bit wide open.

We have a number of battles and fighting scenes, which are mostly done in slow motion and with some bizarre camera angles, which are there I suspect, as this was also shot in 3 D so has to have the pizzazz factor for the pop corn addicts. It has very little to do with the actual battle of Stalingrad and the story line could be placed in a fair number of other locations. The action was done very well and the CGI money was generally well spent. The acting is hard to gauge because of the awful dubbing.

There is a lot of pointless dialogue too that seems to act as padding. The soldiers being afire and attacking the Germans at the beginning was a bit of a stretch and set my mind against the film from that point. There was a lot of cash spent on this and yet the overall accomplishment is somewhat flat.
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