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

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Malcolm McDowell, Oskar Werner, Max Von Sydow
  • 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: 212,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
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 By richcairns on 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 By Erland on 9 July 2013
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 By T on 3 Nov. 2009
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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
JUDEN IST VERBOTEN..!! 4 Jun. 2000
By "masonx" - Published on
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.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
beware 4 Mar. 2009
By a movie fan - Published on
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 tape?
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Charles W. Marshall - Published on
Format: DVD
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
An abominable mess of a transfer! Cut, and Pan and Scan 30 April 2009
By irwinallenfan - Published on
Format: DVD

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.
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
perfectly-pitched human drama 16 Mar. 2005
By Byron Kolln - Published on
VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, Sir Lew Grade's star-studded dramatisation of the infamous SS St. Louis affair, is absorbing and harrowing viewing. The cast is truly amazing and most of the characters come directly from real-life people caught up in the drama. During World War II, 937 Jewish citizens were curiously allowed to leave Germany and emigrate to Cuba. While many believed the offer to be a trap, most took their chances and decided to flee from the impending Holocaust. Sure enough, once the ship docks in Havana, the passengers are refused entry and their visas' are cancelled. With country after county refusing to take them, the Captain has no other option than to return to Germany...

The escalating horror and dread onboard the ship is perfectly-pitched amongst the strong cast, with standouts including Faye Dunaway and Oskar Werner as Dr. and Denise Kreisler; Max von Sydow as the Captain; Lee Grant as Lillian Rosen (with Lynne Frederick as her daughter); Dame Wendy Hiller as Recha Weiler; Julie Harris as Alice Feinchild and Helmut Griem as the menacing Otto.

The cast also features Malcolm McDowall as the sympathetic young Captain's steward; Katharine Ross as the frantic daughter in Havana trying to save her onboard parents; Paul Koslo as Aaron Pozner and Ben Gazzara as Morris Troper, who becomes one of the refugees' most ardent champions and saviours.

The rest of the cast includes Janet Suzman, Victor Spinetti, James Mason, Luther Adler, Nehemiah Persoff, Denholm Elliott and Georgina Hale. Originally shown on TV in two parts (179 mins); and the cinema version runs for 155 mins with several altered scenes and cuts.
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