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Voyage of the Damned [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Orson Welles , Malcolm McDowell    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Malcolm McDowell, Max Von Sydow, Oskar Werner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,056 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story worth telling but very poorly told 11 May 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Voyage of the Damned is one of those great premises that unfortunately make for increasingly solid and uninvolving viewing, feeling like a disaster movie without the disaster. Certainly the shameful true story it fictionalises inspires plenty of dread, charting the stalled progress of a liner full of Jews that Hitler allowed out of pre-war Germany secure in the knowledge that no country in the free world was willing to take them. It certainly starts off promisingly enough as it's setting up the plot and explaining the insidious Nazi propaganda motives behind it. As the voyage progresses and it becomes clear that the passengers will not be allowed to disembark in South America it covers most of the political machinations on both sides, but rarely in a particularly compelling way. Thanks to Steve Shagan and David Butler's flat Oscar-nominated script, none of the vignettes or characters are particularly interesting, while Stuart Rosenberg's direction is more solid than inspired. The intentions are certainly noble enough, but you get the feeling that no-one knew quite how to dramatise them and just fell back on clichés and stereotypes, at times feeling like they saw Ship of Fools a few too many times. Voyage of the Damned has a better story to tell only to get increasingly becalmed after a good start. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage of the Damned 25 May 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Slightly dated film with an all star cast - but no less powerful, showing the shocking indifference to human suffering and anti-semitism of the 1930s. Unfortunately it wasn't just Germany.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama in the Shadow of Holocaust 9 July 2013
By Erland
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story of the ill-fated voyage of "St. Louis" in 1939 ist full of good acting and compelling action. Yet the movie comes across as somewhat dated and slightly shallow. The viewer must engage in too many stories within the overall plot.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Import 3 Nov 2009
By T
Format:DVD
Enjoyed the film. dissappointed that this dvd is supposed to be ntsc compatible, but is not. Other dvds purchased from abroad suppliers that say they are ntsc compatible work on all of our dvd players, but not this one.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  39 reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUDEN IST VERBOTEN..!! 4 Jun 2000
By "masonx" - Published on Amazon.com
The ill fated voyage of the SS.St Louis has long passed into folk lore as one of the nazi propaganda machines more devious creations. All courtesy of Dr Joseph Goebbels. Briefly the idea was to allow a specially selected group of some 900 jewish refugees to leave Germany ostensibly to Cuba and then wait for the fallout when their visas were refused entry first by Cuba then the US, Canada and other so-called 'democratic' countries. The reasons given for refusal were couched in political jargon but the underlying translation was, 'sorry but we dont want to be overrun by thousands of jewish migrants, take your problems elsewhere'. Juden ist verboten !. The nazis would chomp with glee at these actions which would of course support their aryan theories that the jews were a race apart, and that the policies of other nations were indeed no different from Hitlers germany. Sad to say the plan worked all too successfully.
The star studded cast here give mixed portrayals of a cross section of the ships passengers. They are led by Oskar Werner and Faye Dunaway as Egon & Denise Kreisler. Max von Sydow gives an understated performance as the beleaguered ships captain, determined to stay neutral and non-political despite being caught in the middle of some diplomatic pointscoring. After the war his courage and bravery is honoured by world jewish congress. Lee Grant tends to overact her role but unforgettable is James Mason as Remos, the incorruptible foreign minister determined to save two young girls following a personal appeal by their father to a certain influential high class prostitute. Played superbly by Katherine Ross her parents are also on the ship and their is a brief but tearful reunion scene as the mother realises her daughters true profession. But this is just one story of many. No doubt the story is full of historical inaccuracies and the purists will howl at this but for all that it is still a watchable film re-enacting one of the more shameful episodes of WWII not entirely of the nazis own making.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHY NOT IN WIDE SCREEN 3 Mar 2009
By Charles W. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
THIS IS A VERY GOOD MOVIE BASED ON A GREAT BOOK OF THE SAME TITLE,BUT
WHY IS THIS DISC NOT IN 1:85:1 WIDESCREEN INSTEAD OF PAN AND SCAN??
ALSO THERE IS A 182 MINUTE VERSION OF THIS FILM WHICH WAS RELEASED
ON VHS TAPE - WHERE IS ALL THIS EXTRA FOOTAGE?? THIS DISC EARNS ONLY
2 STARS - THE MOVIE REALLY DESERVES 4 STARS FOR QUALITY
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware 4 Mar 2009
By a movie fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There seem to be multiple versions of this film, perhaps due to its length. I've always wanted to view an intact version, but this obviously isn't it. For some reason, Lion's Gate, which used to be a fairly reliable DVD producer, has taken it into their collective stupidity to release their films in full screen. What are planning next...video tape?
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An abominable mess of a transfer! Cut, and Pan and Scan 30 April 2009
By irwinallenfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
DO NOT BUY AT ANY COST!

The movie is excellent, but this DVD is one of the worst I've ever seen.

All I can say is Lionsgate truly deserves to go out of business... There are no fewer than FOUR fatal things wrong with this release:

1. A cut 158 minute print
2. A Dual sided DVD with a 2 1/2 hour feature only 4.8 GB out of 8.5 GB available, which results in an abominable average bitrate of 4.21 Mbits/sec... The whole transfer is a soft, muddled mess, riddled with compression artifacts.
3. NO EXTRAS
4. Pan and Scan which isn't even an open-matte transfer! Adding even more insult, the END CREDITS are PROPERLY LETTERBOXED in the OAR of 1.85:1!!

DIE, Lionsgate, just DIE now, please.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently acted true story of Jews during WW2. 21 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
All-star cast (Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker, Maria Schell, Julie Harris, Max von Sydow, Wendy Hiller, etc.) recreate the true and gripping story of a shipload of Jews seeking to emigrate from Germany during the Second World War. They have been granted passage on a German ship but then cannot find a country that will take them in.
Beautifully executed from start to finish, this movie is based on the book of the same title. It has great acting, interesting characters and a poignant story. The action of the movie has an upbeat ending, but the final frames of the movie inform us of the ultimate fate of each passenger.
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