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Wings Of Desire [DVD]

Curt Bois , Solvieg Dommartin , Monika Jacobs    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Curt Bois, Solvieg Dommartin, Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz
  • Directors: Monika Jacobs
  • Producers: Jürgen Knieper, Wim Wenders
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Axiom
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FWJSA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"There are angels over the streets of Berlin," quotes the movie poster, but these are like no angels you've ever seen. Bundled in dark overcoats, they watch over the city with ears open to the heartbeat of the human soul, listening to the internal musings and yearnings of earthbound humans like existential detectives. In these delicate, astounding scenes we float through the thoughts of dozens of Berlin citizens, from the weary and worn to the hopeful and young, as the angels record the magic moments for some heavenly record. When Damiel (the empathic and sensitive Bruno Ganz) falls in love with an angel of another sort, the lonely trapeze artist Marion (willowy, sad-eyed Solveig Dommartin), he gives up the contemplation and observation of life to experience it himself.

Wim Wenders' most purely romantic film is like poetry on celluloid, a celebration of the transient and fragile moments of being human: the warmth of a cup of coffee on a cold day, the embrace of a friend, the touch of a lover, the rapture of love. Opening with an angel's-eye view of Berlin in silvery black and white (delicately captured by the great cinematographer Henri Alekan, who photographed Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast 40 years earlier), it transforms into a gauzy colour world when Damiel "crosses over" by sheer will. Peter Falk plays himself as a fallen angel with a special sensitivity for celestial visitors ("I can't see you, but I know you're there," he proclaims), and Otto Sander, whose smiling eyes brighten a face etched by eons of waiting and watching, is Damiel's partner. Wenders made a sequel in 1993, Faraway, So Close, and Hollywood remade the film as City of Angels with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

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In WINGS OF DESIRE, director Wim Wenders' (Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human. Every day, Dammiel (Bruno Ganz, The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love. Like Michael Powell's A Matter of Life and Death, the afterlife in WINGS OF DESIRE is a world in monochrome. Only the living can see in full colour and it is their lives, with their moments of sorrow and joy, that Wim Wenders captures so eloquently in this singularly original film that was co-written with Peter Handke (The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick, Wrong Move). Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, WINGS OF DESIRE is both a paean to Germany's capital and a rumination on human existence, and remains one of the most vital films ever made. DVD bonus features include a feature-length commentary with Wim Wenders and star Peter Falk, outtakes and deleted scenes with commentary, "Conversations on Wings of Desire" featurette and the original German trailer.

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
By Ntshk
Format:DVD
I love this film and I love it because of so many things. I saw it for the first time when I was a teenager in mid 90s and I was so impressed... I was roaming the streets of Almaty (my home town in Kazakhstan) with my best friend and I asked her: "Do you think angels are walking together with us and collecting the spiritual signs of our existence?' Of course, it was a joke, by what a romantic joke... A longing for something magical that can happen to a mortal...
When you first watch the film, you wonder why Wim Wenders has picked two aging men in long black coats to be angels. That's not how you imagined an angel, after all. However, the further you watch the film, the more you realise that their angelic nature is in the way they look at everything, in their increadible eyes.
When I think about this film I think about all the good that can happen to an ordinary human being. This film highlights the best in all of us and makes us immortal for a short while... And I believe this feeling is worth it.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest films of the 1980's. 3 Oct 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
This is probably Wenders' masterpiece, though it followed the equally wondeful Paris, Texas. Wings of Desire was another collaboration with Austrian writer Peter Handke (The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty). Following the key works of the New German Cinema (Kings of the Road, Alice in the Cities), Wenders went to work in America at Coppola's Zoetrope studios- making the problematic Hammett and the reaction The State of Things. Here he returned to Berlin, still divided by the wall which would fall two years later.
The film sits somewhere between It's a Wonderful Life, Rilke's Duino Elegies, The Cure's Just Like Heaven and The Seventh Seal: a metaphysical romance. The lead character is literally Berlin (the German title is 'The Sky Over Berlin); Wenders uses Damiel and Cassiel as two omniscient angels tracking life in 1980's Berlin: observing like a camera. Here we see them listening to people's thoughts in an unforgettable fashion (and this was an influence on REM's video for Everybody Hurts). Damiel sees Marion, a circus acrobat with a penchant for Nick Cave and decides to make the trip from eternity to her (Wenders reversal of Nick Cave's song From Her to Eternity- played here along with The Carny). Along the way he meets Peter Falk as "Peter Falk"- who just happens to be an ex-angel and the film moves back to pre-history and the spectre of the War and Nazism (Falk is making a WWII movie, with those conotations for West Germany- tying it in with such German films as The Marriage of Maria Braun and Mephisto which explore Germany's dark past).
This is pure poetry, as great as the best of Jean Cocteau in terms of transcendental imagery- every scene has resonance: a truly perfect film now restored on DVD.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This film is just so lovely - it has haunted me all day (despite a stressful and distracting day at work) and is a film never to be forgotten. I had to order it to keep because I know it is a film I will want to watch at regular intervas for the rest of my like.
The library scenes are particularly haunting and really do convey a strong impression of serenity.
The notes in the bonus material are well worth watching too I watched them because I just wanted more I didn't want to leave this film. It is an average length film but I wish it was an hour longer - like one of those rare books that you really never want to finish
Rent it!!! Buy it!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A morning after the night before film that leaves such a deep impression that you wake with your head teeming with images and moments from it. I notice there are one or two reviewers who just "don't get it". I think the deal here is that if you don't have a feel for poetry, that is modern poetry , Baudelaire and after, then this will leave you lost and twitching. This fim is like one of Rilke's Duino Elegies bought to life for the screen. The premise, if you haven't already picked up on it, is that Angels are moving among men and women in Cold War, East Berlin. Invisible except to the occasional child, infinitely benign, but detached observers, they search endlessly for the most exquisite tokens of human expression, frailty and dignity, amid the myriad humdrum acts that constitute their otherwise monotonous lives. The more seeminly fragile and insignificant then the more treasured they are. From time to time the Angels get together to compare notes on the little acts and incidents that have left the deepest impressession on them. The Angels hear the thoughts of all those they move among, and for an extended part of the film's opening, we move with them through streets, tower block apartments and on public transport, randomly sampling the fragmentary thoughts of those they pass, from their most pressingly humdrum anxieties, through to the profoundest of reveries. The resulting stream of consciousness inevitably takes on the character of poetry of the most universal kind. Very gradually a plot emerges which eventually includes twists and revelations, gently comic and breathtakingly profound, that leave one with a stupified grin and a warm trickle inside, just knowing such innocence and purity of vision are still to be found in this life. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings of desire
love this film, though it's of it's time and a bit heavy at times, it's still worth it, for the black and white film & music by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, actually saw this film... Read more
Published 27 days ago by J. Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars great Axiom blu ray
Great picture and sound quality on the Axiom blu ray release:
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Note that the aspect ratio is: 1.67:1 - so you will see two black stripes on the edges of the screen.
Published 2 months ago by Sebastian Kosnik
4.0 out of 5 stars Wim Venders Classic
The classic movie now looks a little dated, but the theme is still relevant and quite inspiring all the same. It's one that everyone should see once in their life.
Published 3 months ago by John Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wings Of Desire" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the haunting and visually beautiful Wim Wender’s “Wings Of Desire”. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
A deep and honest look at the lives of people. Angels hover over Berlin discussing our world and the people in it, finding themselves drawn to the desire of worldly experiences and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Renée Paule
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
The sound track was not very good and although I did try to keep going with it, I found it too heavy to want to carry on - so didn't
Published 9 months ago by caviar
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful monochrome Berlin
The first time I watched this was for film studies, and I won't lie. I HATED it. In fact I'm pretty sure I fell asleep. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing
I bought this on the recommendation of a friend
The DVD was great quality and I thoroughly enjoyed the film
Deliver was very quick
Published 11 months ago by K Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Wings
Beautifully scripted and filmed. A story about an angel who wants to fall into the human condition to experience what he cannot as an angel. A metaphor about ourselves. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bruno Just
3.0 out of 5 stars angels
nice film but I can see why they remade it, you have to love black and white movies to enjoy this,
Published 14 months ago by Paul Heaton
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