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Woyzeck [1978]

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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann, Willy Semmelrogge, Josef Bierbichler
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Werner Herzog
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MFFF3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: In Werner Herzog's brilliant adaptation of Georg Buchner's WOYZECK, Klaus Kinski delivers a wild and stunning performance in a role only he could play. Franz Woyzeck (Kinski) is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Mare (Eva Mattes, Best Supporting Actress at Cannes), Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finally driven over the brink into madness and murder. ABOUT THE DVD: This a a DVD release by ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in COLOUR and WIDESCREEN format (1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) and runs for 78 minutes - the AUDIO is the original GERMAN language - SUBTITLES are in ENGLISH language only and are optional (they can be switched on or off via the menu).

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 21 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Woyzeck was the third collaboration between filmmaker Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski, following their initial brushes with madness on the masterpiece Aguirre, Wrath of God and their later re-imagining of Murnau's Nosferatu. Here, the dual themes of madness and isolation, so prevalent in those abovementioned collaborations, is merged, with Herzog creating a haunting and affecting chronicle of one man being gradually pushed beyond the boundaries of reasonability and far into the realms of obsession, psychosis and eventually, murder. As with the majority of the director's work, Woyzeck has it's own cinematic atmosphere that is both challenging and hypnotic. Many of his previous films, for example, The Enigma of Kasper Hauser and Heart of Glass, had employed the use of long, static-takes, evaluating in an almost clinical fashion, these marionette-like actors. However, whereas those films had integrated this stylised, theatrical approach to cinematography alongside the more identifiable Herzog flourishes (evocative landscapes, close-ups, and seemingly improvised hand-held cameras that wander curiously from scene to scene), Woyzeck is almost constantly static.
This is without a doubt Herzog's most stylised and theatrical work - which is hardly surprising, given that it was adapted from a bleak George Büchner play - with the director utilising the limitations of the camera's frame and the production design - not to mention the use of light and shadow - to really add intensity and depth into a story that could have, quite easily, succumb to monotony. Right from the start we are drawn into the film's world, with a lingering panoramic view of a quiet, provincial town, surrounded by water, giving way to a high-speed shot of Kinski lining up for regiment training.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Giorginetto on 13 Aug. 2003
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The very beginning of the movie in fast motion with relevant music sets the overall theme : depression of working class and hard irony. If you like Herzog/Kinski dont miss it. The story is interesting yet very ironic , Kinski is immaculate and the music score is good too. For fans of this great cinema duo collaboration ? Not only. Would make an interesting social study in working 19th class europe....
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 26 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This is the film that Herzog made after the classic Stroszek (1977), an adaptation of George Buchner's unfinished play of the same name (and also the source for the recent Tom Waits album Blood Money and an influence on David Mamet's Edmond). It famously saw Herzog reunited with his troubled nemesis Klaus Kinski- the documentary My Best Fiend and the book Kinski Uncut offer perspectives on both this film and their relationship.
It is shot low-budget, the opening speeded up film of Kinski marching is fantastic stuff and along with the remake of Nosferatu (that would follow in the next year), evidence that Herzog could play it straight when he felt like it. I'm not sure how great this film is if you haven't read Buchner's play- which is very short and a great dramatic work in itself.
Nice to see this being issued on DVD, though I think that the collaborations with Bruno S (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek) are far more interesting and to be fair this is the least of the Kinski/Herzog collaborations. Worth seeing for those manic eyes though!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Hussain on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
I FULLY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE WITH MR ROMNEY.TORTURED BRILLIANCE.THEY CERTAINLY DON,T MAKE THEM LIKE THIS ANY MORE THE SCENE IN KITCHEN WAS ALL DONE IN ONE TAKE,FAB, GOD BLESS? MR KINSKI,I DOUBT IT.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pinn on 13 Jun. 2006
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I fail to understand why this awful film is so highly rated. The acting is wooden, the ambience unrealistic (even allowing for the element of madness), the interpersonal dynamics unconvincing, the pace slow, the editing inept at times, the whole thing soporific and clumsy. And that's all I've got to state about this rubbish.
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