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The Somme

Tilda Swinton , Ed Stoppard , Carl Hindmarch    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tilda Swinton, Ed Stoppard, Oliver Jones, Patrick Kennedy, Ewan Stewart
  • Directors: Carl Hindmarch
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Moriah Films
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053ERLSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,710 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Reconstruction of the First World War battle, recording the campaign of The Somme and showing the elaborate preparations for the attack and the chief incidents of the campaign.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Somme by Tilda Swinton 22 Jan 2013
By Hamster
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Saw this film on TV which impressed me and wanted a copy for my DVD collection. Gives a good general oversight to battle and the enormous casualties suffered on the first day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Somme 10 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It took me some time to track this film down but it was well worth the wait. Unlike most war films The Somme gives you the perspective from the three armies (British, French and German) involved. This is a great film and anyone interested WW1 should buy it. Take no notice of the Dutch language on the cover the dialogue is in English except when showing the French and German sides.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Perspective 11 Nov 2013
As one would expect of a production based on the diaries and letters of a handful of participants,this offers an impressionistic account of the experience of the first day of the Battle on a small sector of the Front Line. Given that limitation,and the obvious one of budget,it is fairly effective and often poignant . However there is no strategic perspective which would offer an explanation as to why the Allied leadership opted to launch this campaign ,far less any analysis of what the alternatives may or may not have been .

The tone is simply that " War is Hell" ,which of course , it is and always will be .In it's perspective the film encapsulates the rather dated , "Lions Led by Donkeys " hypothesis ,and ignores the recent work of historians of the Revisionist school which has rendered that viewpoint somewhat passé.

Worth viewing on television once , but I wouldn't purchase the DVD .
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