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Death on the Eastern Front (6 DVD Gift Set)
Death on the Eastern Front (6 DVD Gift Set)
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You get 3 modern produced (CGI Effects, reenacted scenes) in one package., 10 May 2014
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Series 1: Liberators, The soldiers of the red Army (4 disc's)
Full of resources for miniature builders of Airplanes, tanks, ships, artillery, uniforms and so on.
A good insight, of how the Soviet army, air force and navy operated on a tactical scale and strategical scale.
Series 2: Leningrad (3 Disc's)
The struggle of surviving 3 years of Siege.
With many eyewitness interviews, reenactments, and information tables.
I have to caution, some of the footage (original and CGI) are not for the faint of heart.
Series 3: Russian battles (3 Disc's)
It's only here, that some viewers could have voiced concerns about "Russian Propaganda".
Nevertheless, the production value is high, with well performed reenactments and CGI effects.
It's a Russian production, but not loaded with overbearing "propaganda" as claimed by another viewer.
We have to look at the facts, leave prejudice behind us, and take a fresh look on battles we have only known from "western" point of views. That is good, it makes us research the topic with renewed interest.


War [DVD]
War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aleksei Chadov
Price: 5.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Great War Movie from Russia's new Movie makers, 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: War [DVD] (DVD)
British journalist hires Russian Mercenaries in an interesting journey through Russia's 90's, to free his wife being taken hostage by Moslem extremist's in Chechnia. Do I have to give away more ?


Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas [DVD]
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not rise to the classic novel, nor to an action history flick like Braveheart, 30 Mar 2014
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The Directors overdoes the minimalistic approach, so that it does look like a low budged feature.
The action scenes come across as too tame, specially since we have been spoiled by productions like 'The Tudors', 'The Borgias',
'Spartacus', 'Pillars of the earth' and so on. This a 2013 production looks more like a 1970'sh film.
Also the film has the feel of being too sanitized, and too much aligned with today's political correctness.
If you like to see good movies about the the Great Peasant uprising of 1525, watch (available on Amazon.ca)
1.) Thomas Muentzer
2.) Koenig der letzten Tage (Christoph Waltz) directed by Tom Toelle 1991
and
3.) Death of the White Stallion


The Russian Revolution In Colour/Fascism In Colour [DVD]
The Russian Revolution In Colour/Fascism In Colour [DVD]
Price: 19.81

1.0 out of 5 stars 2 older releases put on one disk, 19 Dec 2013
There is no analysis comparing 2 different types of dictatorships, if that's what you as the buyer may expect.
The Russian Revolution in Color is pretty good, it's about the Kronstadt Sailors and takes place between 1917 to 1921.
Fascism in color is a very superficial Documentary without any depth, and boring. Not as good as "third Reich in color".


World War II: On The Russian Front [3 DVD BOX SET]
World War II: On The Russian Front [3 DVD BOX SET]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 17.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way to expansive for recycled material., 16 Dec 2013
This documentary only uses old and recycled material, that has been seen in many other documentaries. It does not justify the high price you as a customer has to dish out. The narration for the mildly interested History fans, has the effect of a sleeping pill, nothing new and exciting to be learned here. I only give it 1 star, for the fans that need an introduction to this theater of war, that where not exposed to other productions, dealing with the eastern front,or as the Russians call it: The Great Patriotic War". And of course for viewers that feel only comfortable with American or British narrations. But I believe they get cheated here too.
If you want to venture out, there are the better Documentaries "The Unknown War", "Blood upon the Snow", "Death on the eastern front", "World War 2 - The Eastern Front (Region 2 from UK)" but much better and more elaborate : "RED ARMY" (Liberators of the Red Army) released by the UK Discovery Channel. If you feel very curious I highly recommend "Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East", A high production Documentary, most modern appliction of CGI special effect, mixed with reenacted scenes, and original footage. The only problem , this Documentary is only available in Russian language on DVD.


Russian Gang Wars (Chuzhaya) [DVD] (2010)
Russian Gang Wars (Chuzhaya) [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Natalia Romanycheva
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Girls journey from elf imposed victim to femme fatale, 7 Oct 2013
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Being sought in the Czech Republic, by a motley crew of Ukrainian gangsters, who pride themselves in utter ruthlessness and mean spirits, our protagonist gangsters Boss's sister of Kiev (Ukrainian Capital, needs to be hijacked from Gypsy Pimps in Prague. The Ukrainian rival gangster group need her, to regain "respect".
The whole movie is laced with "Political incorrectness" and crude black humor, like we are used to from other recent Russian gangster movie productions, like Bimmer (BMW, Dead Man's bluff, Brother 1, + 2. The transition from a washed out hooker on heroin to a hit-women is deliciously portrait by the actress Natalya Romanycheva.


Terra Nova [DVD]
Terra Nova [DVD]
Dvd ~ Konstantin Lavronenko
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: 2.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Grim futuristic portrait., 16 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Terra Nova [DVD] (DVD)
Hardened Criminals are being deported and dumped off an arctic island.
Left with basic survival gear, food, and building mayerials, they have only one chance of survival: Getting civilized.
A race of a few, against many hopelessly unsocial individuals with barbaric tendencies.
The race against time and hopelessness is portrait in a suspenseful fashion, with believable good Russian actors, that are virtually unknown in the West.
Many new Russian Movies have me pleasantly surprised, so I've seen many over the last few years, even without subtitles. There is nothing in the West to compare them with, except the ones from the "post apocalyptic" production line, like THE ROAD, WALKING DEAD series, and so on.


Hipsters [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hipsters [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Anton Shagin
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 12.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, there was Jazz behind the Iron Curtain, 6 Aug 2013
If you truly enjoyed GREASE, SWING KIDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE, than this movie is for you.
For the people interested in how life was behind the Iron Curtain, this one will let you have a glimpse of it.
You may not be familiar with the Actresses & Actors, only Russians voted them Super Star status's. Because the western media seems closed to their productions.
But I can assure you, they are of the highest quality. Having grown up in the 50's,I felt transported back in time. People in the west do not know, that life behind the Iron Curtain could be other than grey. I remember visiting east German relatives (I was born in west Germany), who looked forward to dance through the night, to swing and jazz tunes. Sometimes they went to the Mecklenburg lake beaches, meeting young russian and polish (Girls & Boys from the local military bases) hipsters. I remember the Girls being dressed in those beautiful petticoat dresses, and woww, how they could dance. The music was simply played back by crankable record players, or young Russians with the "Squeeze Box".
The conflict with the Comsomol and the Young Pioneer (Russian Communist youth organisation)with the hipsters was there, but in the movie this has been exagerrated a little bit.
Perhaps with future western audiences in mind. I remember the battle lines a little bit more fluid. More like a generational conflict.


POPIOLY (The Ashes) - (Andrzej Wajda) Daniel Olbrychski, Pola Raksa - DVD Region ALL (No English Subtitles)
POPIOLY (The Ashes) - (Andrzej Wajda) Daniel Olbrychski, Pola Raksa - DVD Region ALL (No English Subtitles)
Dvd ~ Fabrice Luchini
Offered by DVDMAX-UK
Price: 7.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Napoleonic Period production, 6 Jun 2013
The movie is a true epic. I was fortunate enough to get a VHS with Engish subtitles 10 years back, in Canada.
It contain 2 parts, the first is the comming of age, of a young polish noble man, depicting the life and struggle of the polish people.
The polish nobles lived very much like their cousins in France, Germany and England, with an emphasis on culture and splendor, but little compassion for peasants.

The second is our protagonist joining the polish army, and army allied to France and fiercely loyal to Napoleon.
Who promised them an independant new Poland, with modern civil rights (Code de Civil).
First the troops are being shipped to the Caribean, where they have to put down a native rebellion. A task not much to the like of the Polish troopers, but obeyed nevertheless.
Next is Spain, where the troops commit plunder and pillaging the Spanish countryside, after having fought frustrating battles against insurgents.
Many Polish soldiers questioning themselves, about the high ideals the once wanted to uphold. Next off to Russia, very few return.
Now the battle has shifted to defend their homeland against Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces. Those battles are being fought with utter tenacity and renewed energy.
The odds are overhelmingly in their disfavor, and a heartbroken force of Survivors keeps fighting a battle of retreat way west of their homeland ....until everything has turned into ashes (Popioly). This epic was produced in Polands Communist years, so it enjoyed a practically limitless budged. The battle scenes are pretty awesome, with thousends of polish soldiers(extras)
filling the scenes. Today that is done with CGI effects. The costums are beautiful, the uniforms and weaponry as authentic as they could be. A real feast for history buffs, and a treat for the Polish soul.


There Be Dragons [DVD] (2011)
There Be Dragons [DVD] (2011)
Dvd ~ Charlie Cox
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 2.74

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful to watch, 28 May 2013
The movie was awefully pretentious and full of historical lies.
The clergy openly supported fascism, even asking Hitler and Mussolini for support and still apologetic about their Conquest of Latin America.
I loved the Directors "The Killing Fields" as one of the best movies I've seen.
I didn't expect to be led into such a movie fiasco.
Also to portrait of two characters under such incredible human stress failed to convince me about their actions in the film.
The acting was shallow and the scenes loaded with klischees.
Also if you are not familiar with the spanisch civil war, like most viewers will be, how could he possibly believe that such a complex and stirring conflict
could be understood by an unsuspecting audience.
Realistically, this is two movies. One about the writer and his father. One about Opus Dei. The two stories are related by the thinnest of threads and the relation doesn't actually need to be there at all.
I think the story about father and son, Monolo and Robert, would have been worth pursuing in more depth. The reason behind their rift is only alluded to and not explored terribly well, and their spontaneous reconciliation at the end felt forced. Deus ex machina. Perhaps a bit literally.
Meanwhile, the story about Josemaria Escriva -- I can't understand why Joffe didn't show him walking on water as he did just about everything else. I found that this felt like a really nice public relations piece for Opus Dei. I guess the Church and Joffe felt they'd taken enough hits from Dan Brown and needed some positive spin.
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Of what I write now, is in response to the negative feedback I seem to catch, therefore I like to clarify a few points, to enforce my opinion:
First of all, this movie polarizes viewers, you either love it or hate it.
I hate it, because i believe it is trying to rewrite history. I'm not gonna tolerate lies.
I watched this movie with the hope, that it would reconcile the catholic church at the time of the spanish civil war.
Like other very good movies have done:
La Forja de un rebelde, LIBERTARIAS, LAND AND FREEDOM, Five Cartridges (Fünf Patronenhülsen) (1965).
And than there is another movie, that will be posted soon : Los jinetes de Alba, another movie about the spanish civil war, and the catholic church, from a spanish director.
The spanish have produced quite a view movies and tv miniseries during the last few years, trying to reconcile this tragic period.
The catholic church of spain was well behind in times that concerned women's rights. Intellectual spanish women felt marginalized and deeply discriminated under their clerical authorities.
They deeply felt a war waged against them. The spanish republic changed all that in the 1936 election, and transported spain into the age of modern civil rights.
When the spanish military, supported by the facist leader Mussolini, and the nazi leader Adolf Hitler, staged their coup de etat, the catholic church did not hesitate, to put their support
behind the spanish fascist military, with their leader Franco. There are documents that the clergy did not even hesitate do go behind their call of duty, even took on arms against their flocks.
Now, I wonder why the director of this film, gets away without mentioning any of this ?


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