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The Red Baron [Blu-ray] [2008]

Nikolai Müllerschoen    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Nikolai Müllerschoen
  • Writers: Nikolai Müllerschoen
  • Producers: Nikolai Müllerschoen, Dan Maag, Roland Pellegrino, Thomas Reisser
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMLG38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Red Baron tells the story of the celebrated German Air Force Ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen as he struggles to deal with his conflicting feelings of disgust for the war, responsibility to his peers, and love for a woman.

Synopsis

September 1916 – a young aristocrat, Baron Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias Schweighöfer - Valkyrie), is transferred to a German fighter division.

Numerous kills, his trademark bright red plane and the heroic conquests of his ‘Flying Circus’ squadron soon make him a German hero. Yet manipulated by the High Command propaganda machine and distracted by fame, he remains blind to the true cost of conflict. Only when injured and shown the horrors of a field hospital by a German nurse (Lena Headley – Terminator, Sarah Connor Chronicles), does he begin to understand there is more to war than his beloved aerial duels.

Reticent and disillusioned, but unflinchingly loyal to his men, the feared Baron knows he cannot stop flying. But even for this living legend, each new mission could be his last.

Packed with incredible aerial combat scenes, this is the story of the greatest fighter pilot of all time.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curates' Egg 18 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
Firstly, this film is well produced and well acted, but unfortunately the screenplay leaves a lot to be desired. Matthias Schweighofer plays his character with depth and feeling, but bears little resemblence to the real Richtofen. The latter was a trained Prussian officer with a high sense of duty and a ruthless attitude to both his enemies and subordinates. Schweiger's portayal shows a playful youth with an easy going nature who becomes openly critical of the German high command, which behaviour Richtofen would have regarded as undisciplined.

The air scenes are exciting and care has been taken to show aircraft of the time, although the dogfight scenes look like something from a computer game. The night fighting scene is pure make-believe but visually dramatic.

No real effort is made to follow Richtofen's life (after all, the title is The Red Baron!). A spurious relationship with his nurse is turned into a central part of the film, and she is shown wandering around the fighter airfield, which would have been off limits to civilians. Joseph Feinnes plays an enigmatic allied officer who meets up with Richtofen in no-mans-land, which just adds confusion to the story- he seems rather wasted in this role.

As a bit of light relief for the computer game generation, this film is fun but shouldn't be mistaken for history. It's full of mistakes but worth watching- at least it isn't the usual gung-ho Hollywood cobblers. Note; this is a review of the original German version, so the English release may differ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable, but could have been better. 24 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Good actors. Great subject. Clearly sufficient funds. Nice music. Reasonable movie, but mediocre. It never ceases to amaze me why movies like this aren't better than they are. This could have been the ultimate von Richthofen movie, but it isn't. The story is thin and drenched in anti-war nonsense. These men were warriors. Soldiers, brought up in the tradition of sacrifice and honor. They didn't spent their time being philosophical and sad about the losses of men at the front. They did their duty and were proud of it.

What this movie shows has little to do with reality. What a pity. Apart from that, Schweighofer is very convincing. We will see much more of this gifted actor. I would have wanted to see more of the aerial fighting too. The scenes of the ground battles are pretty bad, but the air battles are another story. All in all, not bad, but it could have been a lot better when all pacifist nonsense and polical correctness had been left out. Of course war is not a thing to celebrate. Of course we all have our dark side. But a man like von Richthofen deserved a more historically correct movie.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was a sterling effort - satisfactory acting though I thought the script started to get a little ponderous when the RB was explaining to his nurse why he wouldn't stop flying. I was fascinated by the visual interpretation of the theatres of war, both in the air and on the front, but the computer graphics - as someone else has said - did leap up and shout "Hey, look, this was done with computer graphics!" But I ignored that and hung on to the illusion as tightly as I could. That illusion was challenged again as I felt the RB's squadron tended to fly in very tight formation, too tight for my liking. It looked great, a screen packed with spinning props and overlapping profiles of Albatrosses, but I couldn't help feeling it had been overdone. There were the graphics shouting at me again. The dogfights were clearly speeded up for a modern,impatient audience, with the planes on both sides throwing themselves around the sky like jet-engined fighters. Still, I wasn't looking for a history lesson but a dash of escapism and adventure with my cocoa. So yeah, good enough.
Where the film unredeemingly let me down was the character and event development. The story, particularly in the first half of the film, seemed to be racing through a tick list, rattling off the landmark events with no passage in between. This was only emphasised by the well-intentioned but actually very necessary date strap that kept appearing in the bottom of screen. Otherwise we had the periodic deaths as pilots were knocked off their perches, with only a shallow attempt at giving them any personality, with the sad result that I felt no more sympathy for them than I would for a fallen skittle.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I do agree with a previous review: This is a guilty pleasure. In Germany the movie got mostly bad reviews. It was said that the Red Baron's portrait was much too positive. British viewers are much kinder. I saw the German original but now watching this trailer here I realise that the two versions are totally different. The whole hunter, sport, fun aspect is much more emphasized in the English version. Odd but interesting. Anyway, from a cinematographic point of view it's a great movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Politically Correct Baron 17 Mar 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Shot in English with a largely German cast, Nikolai Mullerschon's 2008 German would-be epic The Red Baron is perhaps somewhat better and slightly more ambitious than the recent Flyboys, but it still pales beside earlier films about the first war in the air like Aces High and, in particular, The Blue Max, which it at times strives to emulate. But where John Guillermin's film had a genuinely ruthless anti-hero and stunning aerial sequences shot in real planes, this quickly chips away at its hero's early arrogance to find the New Man underneath and too often limits the dogfights to brief green screen and CGI sequences that are good enough but not particularly convincing (though at least are slightly better photographed than the soft and undetailed scenes on terra firma). But while it spends far too much time on the ground and never offers a single prolonged or outstanding aerial setpiece to energise the film, it's not without redeeming features, offering Von Richthofen as the first superstar air ace, star of a thousand battlefront postcards who even has French prisoners stopping him to ask for autographs he gladly signs. There is even some attempt to look at the psychology behind his tactics and the propaganda machinations behind his rise to fame, Germany's need for a hero combining with his initial arrogance, thrill of the hunt and ideal of fighting a war with grace to create the perfect media-friendly heroic image in an increasingly ugly war, while it acknowledges the incestuous nature of the war in Europe, with relatives fighting on either side in family ties that mirror the old collapsed system of European alliances. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame they felt the need to base this on a real life story...
I wanted to love this film as I have a strong interest in WW1 aviation and, in respect of creating an entertaining work of fiction based loosely on that subject, the film is quite... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR CHRISTOPHER GASKELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WW1 Aerial combat
I have all the WW1 films portraying the aerial war. This film is by far my favourite, there's more aerial combat in this one than all of the others. Read more
Published 4 months ago by stephen john lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity.
Mixed feelings.Brilliantly filmed and excellent aerial scenes,but I can't help feeling,as I so often do,that the true story is quite exciting enough without having to re-write... Read more
Published 5 months ago by terraplane49
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
This is a quality film. It is very well directed and produced and contains some excellent individual performances. Great film.
Published 6 months ago by Ian Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
A boring film, hopelessly, overblown CGI dogfights, dull script, thin characters, poor costumes, inane pretty-boys pad out the cast. WW1 done to look like a boyband promo.
Published 10 months ago by Grushenko
1.0 out of 5 stars Red Baron flying tripe
If you have any interest in WW1 aircraft, flying, or history, don't watch this film. Other reviewers have commented on the ridiculously fanciful characterisation of Richthofen so I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Algy Main
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to catch up
I have still to watch it but look forward to filling a gap in my viewing. The story is good and I will judge it on historical accuracy.
Published 13 months ago by MR A
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Average film, a liitle boring in parts, Some good scenes like the dog fights, but not enough to keep my interest.
Published 14 months ago by Conor Hannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Well done but a little weak
Good direction and photography, some bitterness in the story of these young, maverick aviators and their different motifs, but it could have been a much stronger and dramatic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband's favourite
Bought it for my husband because he likes the film and of course he is delighted with it. Fast delivery, cheap price, so happy.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Carole F. Weinstein
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