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  • Actors: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac, Ernst Stotzner
  • Directors: Emir Kusturica
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Serbo-Croatian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TIAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The tale of two likeable crooks, manipulative Marko (Miki Manojlovic) and loveable Blacky (Lazar Ristovski), and the woman they both love, Natalija (Mirjana Jokovic). When WWII arrives, the trio seek refuge in an undergound shelter with the rest of the townsfolk. Years later, when the war finally ends, they manage to trick the others into believing that the war is still going on.

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This sprawling, exhausting, deeply moving Palme d'Or winner represents the pinnacle of Serbian director Emir Kusturica's considerable abilities, and what is easily one of the best cinematic achievements of the 1990s. It encapsulates 50 turbulent years of Yugoslavian history, from the outbreak of World War II in the 1940s to the destruction of this once-great nation in the 1990s. When we first meet Marko (Miki Manojlovic) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski), it's hard to take these jokers seriously. All they want to do is party their lives away. But the Nazi shelling of Belgrade changes everything and the resourceful duo comes up with an ingenious plan--one will stay aboveground while the other goes underground. The arrangement represents an ideal opportunity for all concerned: Blacky, his wife, and the rest of their friends and neighbours will be protected from the chaos going on above, while Marko and the lovely Natalija (Mira Sorvino look-alike Mirjana Jokovic) will sell the weapons they're making down below. Everyone will share in the profits.

But Marko commits the ultimate act of betrayal--against Blacky and the rest of his subterranean comrades. This sort of deception can only lead to tragedy, and Kusturica doesn't spare us the details. In fact, it's his eye for detail that makes Underground such a memorable experience--the perfect note his cast strikes between the extremes of physical comedy, passionate romance, and mortal pain, the insidiously infectious brass-heavy score and the strikingly colourful images.

Underground is basically a parable, and doesn't always adhere to the laws of physics. It isn't for the literal-minded, the impatient, or the partisan. It's loud, it's long, and it isn't for the easily offended. It may just also be one of the saddest movies ever made and stands as a fitting tribute to a country that exists only in the hearts and minds of its former residents. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed A. Al Ajmi on 1 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
What a film! This is certainly one of the greatest films ever made. I cannot think of anything that I did not like about it. It's almost a perfect film. It's packed with memorable moments and lines. One of my favourite lines in what Marko said to his brother, Ivan, when he (Ivan) hit him with his walking stick, "A war is not a war until a brother kills his own brother." It's a tragic-comic film. It's about people and the human conscience. The story is deep and thought-provoking.

I still feel like I cannot stop thinking about the film and I really consider myself lucky that I stumbled across this film here on the cyber-world and decided to buy it. Watching this film made me feel that there is true cinema out there.

A great film that grips at your heart and breezes through your soul. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Worth watching more than once.

My thanks to everyone who worked to make this film a cinematographic gem.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is an amazing piece of movie! Some might not like the length but it covers 50 years and it covers them very well.
The story starts the very morning when World War the 2nd starts in Belgrade and it continues until the war in Bosnia. There is something of a plot behind but the story itself is not about arms-selling, it is about different types of characters, love (for humans as well as money), hatred, mistakes that people make once and regret them for life and the mentality of the Balkans. This could have been a very "heavy" movie if it wasn't for a very good dark humor present throughout the movie.
The real value of this movie is the fact that it portraits so much of the way life was lived in the Balkans during and between the two wars (WW2 and today's troubles). It is sort of a parody but at the same time far from it - sometimes it's too literally true to be parody. And this kind of balance between humor and seriousness is what makes this movie special. If you are in the good mood when watching the movie, you might be able to take it lightly and have simple fun and laughter. On the other hand, if you are ready for some heavier stuff and don't send your brain away while watching the movie you'll see so much more than just black humor in it. It does not make sense for me to tell you what are you going to see, that's why do movie was made and the movie tells it so much better than my words ever could. I'll just say that I could hardly contain tears when leaving the cinema.
Important note: as someone from the region, I am certainly seeing this movie in a bit different way than somebody whose knowledge about Yugoslavia comes from recent news bulletins. If you are one of the later, it might be hard to pickup everything this movie has to offer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Everything in this film is simply perfect, the actors, the music, the story, everything is balanced and in the right place.
It deals with the tragedy of Jugolavia and the characters have something which is peculiar to the south slavs (the passionate and yet tough Black, the greedy and liar politician and yet a good poet Marko) but while the story unfolds we understand that it has something to do with the history of every country and its men. Underground is like a Greek Tragedy where morality, history and the responsability of men are debated between the main characters and a choir. This film is absoloutley fantastic: don't miss it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Hutchings on 29 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
One of the greatest film I've seem; worth seeing for the imagery alone.
Cinematography is top notch and the music infectous. Fine acting and the story is, well I'll say nothing and not potentially spoil it for anyone.
If you haven't seen any of the director's work before, try watching some of Kusturica's lighter films, like "black cat white cat" first, before seeing this far darker masterpiece.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Underground was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Besides giving a "from history to present" sequence of events in former Yugoslavia, typical,perfect harmony of Kusturica&Bregovic is clearly seen.Events(and music at the same time) is dramatic but suddenly full of joy. Whatever happens, people keep singing and dancing even after death...Soundtrack is unbelievable as well
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Nearly didn't watch this as the subject is so dark - but it's wonderful. A dark comedy which is touching, intelligent and funny. it doesn't belittle the tragedy of war but it does tackle the bigger picture - just who suffers in war and who is pulling the strings. Would recommend to anyone enjoys intelligent beautiful films and especially to those who have an interest in the Balkans. I love this director!
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Format: DVD
you have to invest a lot of time, but it delivers.
the tunnel scenes can be a little tedious, but a minor distraction.
Kusterica excels in pulling together complex, emotionally charged, politically astute high energy films.
Whatever your interpretation of the film's political messages or otherwise, the entertainment value is huge.
Watch for the experience if nothing else.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this film at a festival when it was released and have been tracking it down ever since. Finally I have found it and now have a copy of my own! This could be THE best film I have ever seen. Dark raunchy humour and an amazing plot. Unmissable!
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