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A Time To Love And A Time To Die (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)

Douglas SIRK    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
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Product details

  • Directors: Douglas SIRK
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DUB7R7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Synopsis Douglas Sirk - the master of the Hollywood melodrama - turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature: A Time to Love and a Time to Die. A CinemaScope production staged on a grand scale, Sirk's picture nevertheless pulsates with an intimacy that has known longing for too long, and seethes with the repression of emotions poised to explode like bombs.

John Gavin plays Ernst Gräber, a soldier on the Russian-German Front in 1944 venturing home to Hamburg on a rare furlough. Upon arrival, he discovers a city that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind - and so, through the rubble of the air-raids, he searches desperately for fragments of his family's shattered lives. But amid the shards, he falls in love with Elisabeth (Liselotte Pulver), the charming daughter of his parents' doctor, and thus activates a magnetism that compels both individuals toward one another in love, even as it hurtles them headlong into epochal death.

Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, who also makes a cameo appearance in Sirk's picture), A Time to Love and a Time to Die takes its literary source and sculpts it anew out of matter made from color, decor, and performance - and arguably bests the novel on all aesthetic levels. Yet perhaps nothing can better summarise the power of Sirk's film - or of his entire body of work - than these words from the movie's trailer: " Their pounding hearts drowned out the sound of chaos thundering around them." - The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Douglas Sirk's 1958 masterpiece for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world.

SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION:
  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film in its original 2:35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio
  • English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • Optional isolated music & effects track
  • OF TEARS AND SPEED: ACCORDING TO JEAN-LUC GODARD - a 12-minute, visually annotated recitation of Jean-Luc Godard's seminal essay on Sirk's film.
  • 19-minute video interview with Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Scorsese's Cape Fear and author of the novel Out There in the Dark , a roman- à-clef based upon Sirk's life in Hollywood and his relationship with the estranged son who took a starring role in Hitler Youth propaganda.
  • IMITATION OF LIFE [MIRAGE OF LIFE]: A PORTRAIT OF DOUGLAS SIRK - a 49-minute film portrait from 1984, directed by Daniel Schmid and photographed by Renato Berta, of Douglas Sirk and his wife Hilda in conversation, and reflecting, from their apartment in Germany, back upon their lives in Hollywood.
  • The original trailer for the film, from the time it retained the provisional title of simply " A TIME TO LOVE "
  • 36-page booklet containing the complete text of Jean-Luc Godard's essay on the film, writings from critic Tag Gallagher on the film and Sirk's career in general, and an assemblage of notes that includes excerpts from Sirk's reflections upon the film, remarks upon visual motifs inside the movie, the CinemaScope process used to photograph the picture, and more.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Douglas Sirk - the master of the Hollywood melodrama - turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature: A Time to Love and a Time to Die. A CinemaScope production staged on a grand scale, Sirk's picture nevertheless pulsates with an intimacy that has known longing for too long, and seethes with the repression of emotions poised to explode like bombs. John Gavin plays Ernst Gršber, a soldier on the Russian-German Front in 1944 venturing home to Hamburg on a rare furlough. Upon arrival, he discovers a city that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind - and so, through the rubble of the air-raids, he searches desperately for fragments of his family's shattered lives. But amid the shards, he falls in love with Elisabeth (Liselotte Pulver), the charming daughter of his parents' doctor, and thus activates a magnetism that compels both individuals toward one another in love, even as it hurtles them headlong into epochal death. Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, who also makes a cameo appearance in Sirk's picture), A Time to Love and a Time to Die takes its literary source and sculpts it anew out of matter made from color, decor, and performance - and arguably bests the novel on all aesthetic levels. Yet perhaps nothing can better summarise the power of Sirk's film - or of his entire body of work - than these words from the movie's trailer: "Their pounding hearts drowned out ...A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) ( Will o' the Wisp (There's a Time to Love) ) (Blu-Ray)


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a restored masterpiece... 19 July 2009
Format:DVD
After "All Quiet on the Western Front", fans of Erich Maria Remarque, watched a movie called "A Time To Love and A Time To Die".

Based on the book with the same name, it is a love story set in last war years of World War II in Germany.

When others were drumming the Victor's side of things, this movie dared to look into German commoner's lives and their tragic fates.

This movie has nothing to do with pro and cons of German involvement and guilt about having unleashed the Storm.

It just deals with the lives of two selected young individuals, who witness at first hand what War is really all about.
Add a slight love story and tension caused by your own surroundings (Gestapo, SS, Propaganda machine, etc.), and you will see that this is far more than your common Drama.

Everyone can recognize him/herself in the two main characters.

It is a lesson of life versus death.

It tells you how destructive war can be, for those who are living it and have nothing to say about it.

The storms, or winds of war, are terrible companions, when they touch you personally.

This is the message this transliteration tries to convey, and may I say, rather successfully, despite the Hollywood cast included in it.

John Gavin plays the leading role, and for once, he is given a fair chance to prove that he was not just another "beau", but truly a full-bred actor who could incarnate a true-to-life character.

Liselotte Pulver, as his fiancee, bride-to-be, appears as a very young and very inexperienced girl, overwhelmed by this immense tide of war.

There is nothing romantic in all this, no pink dresses, no sweet lulls.
Just the harsh realities in war-torn Germany.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned entertainment. 14 Jun 2009
By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This was a really enjoyable romantic film - set mainly in Berlin at the end of the war. WW2 action buffs beware: only around 20 minutes of this film relates to war on the Eastern Front. However, do not let this put you off - as the film is a heart rending account of the love between a German soldier and the daughter of a Jewish teacher. A really moving film, lovingly made by a famous director.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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For those who like this movie in particular or Douglas Sirk in general, this blu-ray edition is the best it can ever look. Sharp images, great detail, intense depth, all courtesy of the absence of DNR. Not the slightest sign of compression whatsoever; sound is great, too, for a film this old. Thanks, Masters of Cinema, for enhancing classic movies while utterly respecting their original look. The movie itself is quite interesting in its blend of war and melodrama; practically devoid of blood (those were other times, and Sirk's sensibility is something else, too), it is nonetheless one of the most powerful examples of how deeply war and opression affect human beings and destroy lives, not only physically. Klaus Kinsky's glance in his very brief scene is something not to be missed... We expect for more of Sirk's masterpieces in blu-ray with this outstanding quality!! (yes, same goes for "The tarnished angels").
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic film. 1 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
I was delighted by this film on so many levels. I certainly don't posses the ability to describe just how good it is at this present time.

The camera panning past the group of Soldaten, sitting and lying dejectedly against a ruined outbuilding somewhere in the depths of the Ostfront, brilliant.
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I'd read this book a few times in German but could not find a good English
translation as I wanted my father to read this book. He enjoyed it greatly
as it brilliantly depicts the l;ives and sufferings of ordinary Germans toweards
the endf of the Second World War.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a brilliant adaptation of a great novel written in 1954 by German writer Erich Maria Remarque (mostly known for his master piece "All quiet on the Western Front").

Except a mistake on my part "A time to love and a time to die" was the first big Hollywood production showing the World War II from German point of view, and even if Remarque was a declared anti-Nazi (he was a wanted man in the Third Reich and spend all the period of 1933-45 as a refugee in Switzerland), making this film in 1958 was a pretty courageous thing.

An important thing to know before watching this most excellent film is that IT IS NOT a war movie. The story happens of course integrally during World War II, in 1944, and yes, there are some scenes from Eastern Front at the beginning and at the end of the film, but other than one big artillery barrage falling on German soldiers no actual fighting is showed. German soldiers march a lot in the mud and talk a lot about war and life in general, but the only shots they fire are directed against defenseless Russian civilians they execute "just in case" if they are partisans...

This film describes mostly the story of one soldier, private Ernst Graeber (John Gavin), who in the spring of 1944 receives his first leave in two years. Most of the film describes the eventful three weeks he spends in the town where he was born. However, although not a big city, this place is now regularly raided by allied bombers, targeting local industries, but slowly flattening the whole town in the process. When looking for his parents, Graeber meets a girl, Elisabeth Kruse (extraordinary German actress Liselotte Pulver), whom he knew once when they were together in the same class in high school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery and in good condition
Prompt delivery and in good condition, which after all are the main requirements of a customer. Happy with the purchase. Great the see the old films being so well restored.
Published 4 months ago by John Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
One of the most politically and morally complex war movies ever made and by a director who can effortlessly combine the gestures of so many different cinematic genres. Read more
Published 4 months ago by gaisavoir
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the book, see the film.
A war story that seems to appeal to both sexes, The good companion to 'All Quiet on the Western Front'
Published 5 months ago by H. J. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
One of my all time favourites, used to be a cinema operator, many moons ago, so I have seen it on 6 occasions, part of the job.
Published 5 months ago by Larry Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with one irredeemible flaw
While this is one of Douglas Sirk's best films - if not really on a par with masterpieces like The Tarnished Angels (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray), All That Heaven Allows [DVD] or... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Beheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Closest to his heart
This film meant a lot to director Douglas Sirk - his own son ( from whom he was estranged and who he had had to leave behind when he fled Germany to escape the Nazis) fought in the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by pecheur
5.0 out of 5 stars WASTED LIVES IN WAR
A TRUE WAR FILM PORTRAYING THE HORRORS OF WAR IN HITLERS GERMANY AND SET DURING THE GERMAN RETREAT FROM THE FROZEN WASTELAND OF RUSSIA THAT WAS THE EASTERN FRONT AND CENTRED AROUND... Read more
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