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Straight Into Darkness [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Ryan Francis, Scott MacDonald, Linda Thorson, James Le Gros, Daniel Roebuck
  • Directors: Jeff Burr
  • Writers: Jeff Burr, Mark Hannah
  • Producers: Chris Gore, Chuck Williams, Dan Vornicu, Jeanne L. Burr, Mark Hannah
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWBKLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Straight Into Darkness

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2010
Format: DVD
**** Warning spoilers ****

Straight into Darkness is the slightly cumbersome title for this remarkably eerie and moving film set in the last months of WW2.

The main characters are two GI deserters - one thuggish and psychotic, the other innocent but profoundly disturbed, being transported to face court martial. Inadvertently driving into a mine field, provides us with some scenes of explicit gore and palpable tension. Given the opportunity to escape, the GIs flee through the war-torn landscape, encountering scenes of medieval horror. Setting up camp in a huge, labyrinthine building, they discover they are sharing it with a rag-tag group of special needs children and their two adult mentors. The latter are excellently acted by Linda Thorson (The Avengers) and David Warner (Cross of Iron, Star Trek, The Omen etc. etc.). The children, many of whom have physical and mental disabilities, are played by genuine Romanian orphans, which makes their amazing performances all the more moving. Trained by Warner and Thorson to fight the Nazis, the children treat it like a game, with little thought for their own safety. There's camaraderie and poignancy in abundance, inspired use of flash-backs and a stunning electronic score reminiscent of early 70's ambient like Tangerine Dream. A very moving finale, as the thug seizes the moment to redeem himself and allow a pitiful handful of survivors to escape and I defy anyone not to have a tear in their eye when the silent girl removes her mask in a stunning moment of high drama.

OK, so it's not perfect - the German tactics are somewhere between suicidal and idiotic and the budget obviously didn't stretch to providing a convincing Tiger tank, but I'm nitpicking. Straight into Darkness is undeniably powerful and, for my money, quite simply one of the best war films of recent years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Tucker on 19 Dec 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this film,worth watching,it is a very unusual film. plenty of action towards the later part of the film. At the end of the film after naming actors etc.,the film carries on for a few minutes so dont turn off.(Recommended)
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By Sam on 6 Sep 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An unusual film! The first, tense 20 minutes or so suggests the makings of a gritty war movie. However, things then slow down somewhat with a period of almost surreal imagery and excessive, unecessary flashbacks which add little to the impact of the film, or indeed the storyline. The final half hour delivers plenty of gunshots, tame explosions and some poor acting and comical lines on behalf of the German contingent.

The crux of the movie is well covered in other reviews so there is little point offering a synopsis of the plot. However, it is fair to say that this is not your everyday WW2 film, nor is it anything of a chiller - what is delivered is a watchable, low budget production that is certainly unique in its take on the GI,Nazi,Partisan genre (although daft if taken without a pinch of salt). I couldn't help thinking of 'Castle Keep'.

Is it worth watching? Yes if you have an hour and a half to spare and can pick this up for no more than a fiver- just don't expect top drawer effects or a clever storyline.

(My dvd did not have any further running after the credits, contrary to the comments of another reviewer.....?)
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Jürs on 23 April 2010
Format: DVD
If you like mowies like "Inglorious Bastards" - you'll probably like this one too.
If you is a grown and mature person - you will probably dislike this cartonish go at a warmowie - as the plot is like taken out of a cheap comicbook.

More or less retarded ophans in a spooky home is trained to fight the evil "Nazeees" - and the germans are so stupid that one wonder how they made to their own border back in '39.

The mowie starts out rather good - but after the 2 GIs have fled the MP who have arrested them, the whole plot goes south so fast that you wonder if the director had a stroke and they got a 9 year old boy to direct the rest of the mowie.

Several scenes are rather well made - and the plot could have worked - but it doesn't - simply because its too childish and comicbook-like.
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Amazon.com: 26 reviews
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A War Film not to be missed. 23 Jun 2006
By 4tunes500 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have collected War movies since I was a teen. Now in my 40's I have now seen or own more war movies than most can imagine even exist. I thought Id seen every variation on a war movie you could do. Walking through Walmart a few weeks ago I stumbled across this and even though I had never heard of it decided to give it a try. I was impressed, to the point where I can't get it out of my head. What a jem! Maybe it does borrow a little from the Gary Sinise character in a "Midnight Clear" & certainly offers a little nod to "Castle Keep" but beyond that it is a truly original and surreal story that may not fully fall into place for you until the very end. It is an independent film with a bigger movie feel. (After "Saint & Soldiers" & this I think I could be hooked on Indie war movies).

Set in the winter of '45 the film adresses the horror of war from perspectives that you won't expect and leaves you questioning the motivations of those that choose to fight. An interesting twist is that it's Director is more known for Horror films. This may well be what drives its originality. I won't go into plot development because I believe the less you know about the story the more impact it will have on you. It is not an expensive film to buy, which just seems to add value to a quality film. It's not your run of the mill war movie; that may be more than some people can take. but it's so worth it in the end. Rent it or buy it, but don't pass this one by.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A surprising independent find, heralding great films to come 28 May 2006
By E. Parkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Director Jeff Burr may have defined a career trajectory point with his superb work on "Straight Into Darkness." Like Oliver Stone's "PLATOON" or Terrence Malick's "THIN RED LINE", Burr does not shy away from the graphic realities of war, nor does he skate over philosophical and character themes. As eloquently described in a current FILM THREAT feature story and review, Burr gets the most out of his cast, crew and concept and delivers that long sought after (but seldomly found) independent film treasure. Bravo!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent independent war film. 26 Jun 2006
By Tommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I had the pleasure of meeting producer Chuck Williams the other day and he was very proud of this little film. I understand why. The movie is set in 1945 at the tail end of the war in Europe. The Americans and their allies have basically won, but not all the troops in the field know this yet. Two American deserters come across a group of freedom fighters that consist of two adults and several children. They are living in an abandoned building in the hills and survive by raiding Germans and stealing supplies. Eventually, a group of Germans surrounds the building and the group must repel wave after wave of Nazi soldiers. I will not give out spoilers, but there is a reason the Germans want to take this building. There is a real beauty to this film. The way it is shot and the music reminds me of early Werner Herzog work. For World War 2 fans, there is plenty of action as well as the Germans and children battle it out for the last 30 minutes of the movie. There is also a beauty to these children (many have some sort of war injury or birth defect) who begin to trust the American soldiers with their lives. This is a great surprise and blows away 90% of the sewage Hollywood churned out last year. Buy it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Different 10 July 2006
By David H. Tremper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In light of all the books I've read and movies I've seen on the many heroes and common foot soldiers (also heroes in my eyes) of WWII, seeing the movie start out with a couple of American deserters, (one of them 82 Airborne!) immediately put me into a bad state of mind. The movie definitely has a European directed feel to it with a lot of heady, trippy flashback stuff going on to try and show us what was zipping through the depressed mind of the Airborne guy and his American GI "captor." There's also the interaction with civilian children and two adults banded together against the Germans. It all comes down to a weak last stand against the Germans only really seeking a loot of fine art in the basement of the building the Americans and civilians are all holed up in.

Some people may like the feel of the movie (those who know very little of what happened in the ETO) but I personally wouldn't watch the movie again.

Dark and uninspiring and bit strange.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A waste of time 7 April 2010
By PAUL PISANO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Having watched The Outpost with Ray Stephenson I figured this movie would be on the same order. I was in error. One character is so bad that he tries to commit rape. The other tries to stop it and is beaten into unconsciousness. David Warner is probably the only saving grace of this film. The airborne soldier who deserts is shown as sympathetic. He accidentally kills a woman and child during combat. the rest of the story makes no sense. IMHO the movie is made to depict American soldiers as less than honorable.
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