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Werner Herzog Box Set 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Helmut Doring, Eva Mattes, Gerd Gickel, Wilhelm von Homburg, Paul Glauer
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Werner Herzog, Willi Segler
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 473 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1LFAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five films from acclaimed and unconventional German director Werner Herzog, famed for his blending of documentary realism with heightened stylisation, as well as his volatile temper and his obsessive abilities to complete physically demanding shoots in dangerous locations. 'Even Dwarfs Started Small' (1970) is set in a rural asylum, where a group of midgets are tormented in an off-hand way by their keepers. Rebelling against their treatment, the dwarfs take over the asylum and reverse their position. 'Fata Morgana' (1971) is set in an hallucinatory desert landscape in North Africa, using Herzog's trademark of juxtaposing human frailties and the need for endurance against majestic, unforgiving landscapes. 'Heart of Glass' (1976) is Herzog's disquisition about the value of art, and explores the life of an 18th century glass blower. It was rumoured that Herzog used hypnosis to achieve the desired effects from his cast. 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' (1975) is based on a true story, about the 19th century child prodigy who wandered into a rural German village with no knowledge of who he was or where he came from. Feared by the authorities and the local populace, who view him with suspicion, Hauser is eventually killed in a mysterious attack. Former mental patient Bruno S. plays Hauser. Finally, in 'Stroszek' (1977), Herzog uses Bruno S. in another role to convey the isolation and confusion of a street musician recently released from prison. Abruptly deciding to move to America, along with his prostitute girlfriend and an eccentric, elderly neighbour, the musician is quickly disabused of his notions about the land of the free.

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 29 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
Two of my very favourite films are collected in the set... and one of those I consider to be perhaps the greatest film ever made. The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser is Herzog's ultimate statement away from the more-iconic films he made with Kinski; a moving portrait of a mysterious young man found wandering the streets of Nuremberg with no name, no family, and no recollection of how he came to be. The film has all the usual mesmerising trademarks we've come to expect from Herzog's work; unfolding at a hypnotic pace, with a painterly attention to landscapes, lighting and physical composition, and a central character worn down by the morally bankrupt authority figures in charge of his destiny.
This also features his second collaboration with the actor Bruno S. following their success on Kasper Hauser, with the tragic Stroszek standing as one of Herzog's grand masterworks... a film to be discussed in the same breath as films like Aguirre the Wrath of God, Woyzeck and Fitzcarraldo. The other films featured on this collection go from the great (Even Dwarfs Started Small) to the strange (Heart Of Glass) to the downright obscure (Fata Morgana). As a result, the films on this collection are possibly less accessible than the one found on the original Herzog/Kinski box set from last year, but it's by no means an inferior set. The usual Herzog archetypes, concerns and preoccupations are all apparent in these films, with his early opus, Even Dwarfs Started Small introducing the idea of the outcast, or the misunderstood outsider... a characterisation found in all of these films, with the possible exception of Fata Morgana (which is more like an audio/visual ramble through the world's most mesmerising landscapes).
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
This is a great collection of films but once again i feel short changed for buying a region 2 DVD. The region 1 version has two extra films in the set (Lessons Of Darkness and Little Dieter Needs To Fly). If you are new to Herzog then i would recommend the Kinski set first (Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo are simply fantastic) and then try and get hold of the region 1 version of this set. If Anchor Bay are planning a future Herzog set then PLEASE give us in the UK the missing films next time.
Anyway, as in the Kinski set all of the films are excellent but two films stand out and in this case they are (in my opinion) Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek. All films have commentaries and, bizarrely, Crispin Glover appears on a couple.
So 5 stars for the films, print quality, commentaries and price, but one taken off per missing film from the region 1 DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daverman on 29 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
This review concerns only those who understand German and those who dislike false advertisement.
I bought this Werner Herzog Box Set 2 (green) over amazon.co.uk to save lots of money compared to the German equivalent on amazon.de. This worked out great except for one small annoying thing.
On each DVD it says "German with optional English subtitles" on the back of the cover. This is true for every one of the 5 films except for "Stroszek". Here it won't let me turn off the subtitles! Now why is that? Please correct me if I'm wrong and if so maybe you could tell me how to turn the subtitles off on "Stroszek".
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By Jonathan Grynkraut on 4 Aug 2013
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Iam very Pleased thanh yo very much because its very hard to find a box set of this kind i like the movies a lot
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By Sylvia on 28 Jan 2013
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These films are the best!! Werner's films take a wonderful look at unusual characters,strange music and soundtracks and very whacky stories.
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I bought this set mostly because of the fact that it contains two of my favourite Herzog films: Stroszek and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. However, I was glad that it contained other films by him that I did not know, because it gave me the occasion to know the less famous films by him.

While Stroszek is a film that I can watch time and time again, so tragic yet full of lessons (and the actor is such a wonderful example of Herzog's work with people that were not professional actors). Bruno S. brings his actual self to the screen, since the film is written especially for him. The story goes that Bruno was upset with Herzog for not casting him for Woyzek and using Kinski instead, so Herzog promised to write a script for Bruno, and gave it a name that sounds a lot like Woyzek.

The characters' trip to the Promised Land is also an incredible journey, because you feel the irony of their search for something better than their life in Berlin, only to discover that Wisconsin doesn't hold any Holy Grail or any answers for the meaning of life. The difficulties that appear when they try to talk in English are heart wrenching.
But moving on to the other films, Even Dwarves started small is a testament to Herzog's love of representing the marginalized, the voices of those who are less heard and also need to be portrayed. An allegory of rebellion and violence and the thin line between liberation and chaos, this film is at times both funny and disturbing, making you ask yourself a lot of questions on the absurdity of life and institutions.
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