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The Rocket Post [DVD] [2006]

Ulrich Thomsen , Shauna Macdonald , Stephen Whittaker    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald, Gary Lewis, Kevin McKidd, Patrick Malahide
  • Directors: Stephen Whittaker
  • Writers: James MacInnes, William Morrissey
  • Producers: Alison Barnett, Charlie Savill, David Kennaway, Mark Shorrock, Tony Caplin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2DLMK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama based on the true story of a remote Scottish community on the Hebridean island of Scarp that became enchanted by a dashing German rocket scientist, Gerhard Zucher (Ulrich Thomsen), and his plans to link them to the outside world during the late 1930s. Their mission is to build a mail rocket to help revolutionise the postal service between the island and its neighbouring communities. The building of the rocket, even after an initial failed attempt, soon becomes a community effort and eventually creates a unique bond between Zucher and the island's inhabitants.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on the true story of a remote Scottish community on the Hebridean island of Scarp that became enchanted by a dashing German rocket scientist, Gerhard Zucher, and his plans to link them to the outside world during the late 1930s. Their mission is to build a mail rocket to help revolutionize the postal service between the island and its neighbouring communities. The building of the rocket, even after an initial failed attempt, soon becomes a community effort and eventually creates a unique bond between Zucher and the island''s inhabitants. ...The Rocket Post

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming independent British production. 15 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
Sadly, this charming and very worthy independent British film was almost completely neglected by the UK film chains system.

Beautifully shot on location in the Outer Hebrides, it features the whimsical humour and characters reminiscent of the old Ealing comedies but this is not just a comedy. Based on a true story of a German scientist who was aiming to establish a rocket-propelled postal service in the Scottish isles, it also features high drama with its 1938 setting as Hitler was by then recalling all German rocket scientists back to the Fatherland.

The scientist is engagingly played by Ulrich Thomsen as the character gradually wins the respect and support of the local community. He also falls in love with island girl Catherine (a very nice performance from Shauna Mcdonald), winning over her embittered uncle (Clive Russell).

This film deserved a full general release in UK cinemas, I heartily recommend it now, thankfully, it has been released on DVD.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hebrides at its best 12 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
I was not sure what to expect from this film but what I got was spectacular scenery, lots of laughs and an easy watch with a nice story along with it. The plot is a simple love story and should appeal to most people in some way either for the love interest or the local peoples reaction to a stranger. This film was little known and went through a small cinema release but it really deserves more acclaim, it is a definite must for watching even if it just to see the Outer Hebrides portrayed as a great place to live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story 24 Jan 2013
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I think this is one purely for Scottish people to enjoy - I am one such! It wasn't a bad little story and we enjoyed it, but couldn't possibly give it more than three stars as it seemed of limited appeal. If you're Scottish, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, bittersweet, romantic story 9 Nov 2008
By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Based on the true story of a German rocket scientist(Gerhard Zucher), who in the years prior to WW2, found himself on the Hebridean Island of Scapa, much to chagrin of the local population, who would have preferred a telephone service.
He eventually overcomes their hostility and falls in love with a local lass.
This is a slow moving, humourous, romantic tale. Beautifully acted and filmed. Almost an idyllic love tale until the Fatherland intervenes.
One of the most moving films I have watched in a number of years and deserves much wider recognition.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and nostalgic 13 Mar 2008
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An undemanding movie which is nonetheless intelligently put together, this ranks just below `Local Hero' and some way better than `The Englishman who walked up a mountain..', while having similarities to each.
When a German scientist (Gerhard Zucher) and his colleague in 1938 are sent to the Isle of Scapa in the Hebrides to test out their burgeoning rocket technology, sending post from the island to the mainland, they at first encounter distrust from the locals. However, a romance blossoms between the scientist and a local beauty and the islanders start to mellow... just as Germany and others start to take an interest which will culminate in difficult choices.
The stunning Hebridean scenery is breathtaking, and acting (and accents) good enough to let yourself be carried away with what would seem to be a pleasant piece of whimsy, were it not actually (loosely) based on fact. The humour occasionally misfires when leaning towards slapstick, but otherwise sticks to safe territory which works well. As the film veers to melodrama, the change in tone actually brings out the best in the actors and prevents the movie from having too sweet an aftertaste.
On the acting front there are no complaints, and a few decent cameos accentuate the fine central characters. In particular, Kevin McKidd makes a memorable Glaswegian poacher, who becomes an unlikely ally for the scientists as they find their way in the community.
All in all, a harmless movie which has unjustly sat on the shelves since 2003, and for those wanting an evening of undemanding entertainment in the romantic / melodrama department with fine scenery, this should fit the bill.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 10 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed The Rocket Post. It tells an age old tale but does so cleverly and with great actors. What I liked was the message that there are still people who are prepared to pay any price to maintain their own integrity - even their own life. The island scenery is magnificent, the story is great - it might not be a well know film but I'd recommend giving it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice film, worth a punt. 13 May 2014
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Nice wee film, was intrigued to read about the story afterwards on the web. I actually knew a woman from Scarp who was a schoolgirl when this was going on and remembers 'the rocket men'. Not a blockbuster, but filled a night in very pleasantly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle film 2 Mar 2014
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Gentle is the word. A grower really but there is the slight feeling that it misses out (just) on achieving its full potential. The scenery - and the shooting of it - is stunning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful..........
I am not Scottish, yet this film rates easily in my top 5 favourite films. Beautifully located with stunning camera work. A story, that by the end has left you truly moved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BFG
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Interesting and a myth of Scotland
This tells the story ( with a huge amount of embellishment) of the short lived attempt at Rocket Post from a remote Scottish Island to the mainland. Read more
Published 18 months ago by peter upton
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
this film works on a variety of levels and is enjoyable to both the Scottish and English audiences even the Germans
Published 18 months ago by i.am, painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Scottish tale with romance.
Being a lover of Scottish and Irish stories and films, I was delighted to find another with promise to while away a free evening. This film is a gem. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Douglas Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars charming feel good film
A slightly paint-by-numbers, albeit well done, film about a stranger entering a community and disrupting the natural order. It's all been done before, e.g. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by gerryg
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint, but another silver screen rocket that deviates from the facts?
Apparently based on 'some' truth ... "The Rocket Post" is an hour and three-quarters of quaint viewing set amidst idyllic Scottish island scenery (filmed on Taransay, but set on... Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by LXIX
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ROCKET POST
I HAD NO PRECONCEIVED IDEAS ABOUT THIS FILM,HOWEVER ,EXPECTATIONS WERE NOT THAT HIGH.HOW WRONG COULD I BE. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Mrs. M. J. Woods
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and well-acted, but...
I watched it last night. It's well-acted and the scenery is stunning. However, though it would have made a very decent one-hour TV drama, the plot is insufficient to sustain a... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by F. Cranmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Whimsy - with a twist
A gentle, amusing, quirky romance with an unusual angle [the male part of the partnership is a rocket scientist] and a black twist at the end. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by Paul Kirkwood
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