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The Red Baron [Blu-ray] [2008]
The Red Baron [Blu-ray] [2008]
Dvd ~ Tomás Koutník
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £25.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous, 28 Nov 2009
Good movie, but do the producer not know what language they speak in Germany or do they think of their costumers as milk cows to whom they can present anything? In the Danish edition (more expensive) they have both the English synchronisation and the German language, plus subtitles (though only Scandinavian subtitles). I regret that I saved money on this otherwise very good movie!

So, dear producers: You complain and whine about piracy, but how about making decent products before you start whining? In my view you are the pirates, as I got a bad product where I should have expected high quality as I did pay extra to get a blue ray version!

As for the movie: Highly recommendable. Yes, there there may be details that are not 100% correct, but it is not a documentary.
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Downfall [Blu-ray]
Downfall [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Bruno Ganz
Price: £5.90

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second grade transfer of a masterpiece, 10 Oct 2009
This review is from: Downfall [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The sound is not bad, but it is surely not at the level of the DVD. What a shame and what a disgrace for the amateurs who made this Blue Ray!

Subtitles are not true to the German original version. A few examples: The Nazi bigwigs talked to women as they were children. The Nazies pretended to be intellectuals and tried to imitate the language of the nobles, but they failed as the proletarians they really were, and at times it sounded almost laughable if it was not for the deadly serious type of regime they represented. All these delicate details are there in the original German language and most of it is lost in translation.

However, I still give it 4 of 5 stars. The movie is for sure a masterpiece that should have all 5 stars, if not the sound and subtitles were so bad. The actors are terrific. The same goes for special effects, locations, scenes and so on. Everything is perfect in the original. Yes, the dark scenes are grained, but the scenes in the bunker were shot with original light and then the grain just add realism to the film and here the Blue Ray is superior to the DVD.
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North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Philipp Stolzl
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.44

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oppinion from a non-climber, 26 Sep 2009
I hate heights! Two meters makes me shiver! Alas, I know nothing about mountaineering. However, this is a movie about humans and survival and above the rather simple plot and some historical inaccuracies, there are spectacular scenes from the Eiger and superb acting. The movie brings home the psychological part about sportive and professional ambitions versus the value of ones own life and human feeling. It really touched me!

Do yourself a favour. Bye this on Blue Ray and not DVD.

The inaccuracies you can check on the German version of Wikipedia, but note that this movie only claims to be based on real events and not to be a documentary.

Thief [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Thief [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Vladimir Mashkov

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film, 6 Jun 2005
This film really gets into the soul of Russia. A very violent society (today as well as earlier) where the same violent people also have a very caring side of their personalities. Russia is always about extremes.
The thief is about every day life in the late Stalin period. All the way down to the brands of cigarettes, type of cars, subjects of conversations, homes, architecture this film is true to all details.
Add to this a wonderful story, though a very sad one, and wonderful play by actors that look like real people. Not the usual Hollywood stuff using actors having had several tours below the knife of a plastic surgeon.
Though the story is a part of Russian reality, it also has universal apeal about love and broken illusions.
Highly recommended!

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