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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Stereo 2.0 DVD We've Been Waiting For!
Finally! This is the Stereo 2.0 DVD we Hindenburg buffs have been waiting for! This 1976 picture won an Academy Award for effects wizard Peter Berkos' incredible sound-effects. Alas, there has been no Region 2 DVD that does justice to the 70 mm Six-Track stereo audio track ... until now.

The difference between the mono VHS/DVD versions of this movie and the new...
Published on 23 Mar 2009 by Ernest Gill

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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting conspiracy thriller masquerading as a disaster movie
No film that Pauline Kael despised on principle (in this case the principle that it was directed by Robert Wise) can be all bad, and so it proves with The Hindenburg, which falls somewhere between a countdown-to-catastrophe period political thriller a la Tora! Tora! Tora!, 70s conspiracy movie and by-the-numbers disaster movie. It's as a disaster movie that it fails the...
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Trevor Willsmer


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Stereo 2.0 DVD We've Been Waiting For!, 23 Mar 2009
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Ernest Gill (Hamburg Germany) - See all my reviews
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Finally! This is the Stereo 2.0 DVD we Hindenburg buffs have been waiting for! This 1976 picture won an Academy Award for effects wizard Peter Berkos' incredible sound-effects. Alas, there has been no Region 2 DVD that does justice to the 70 mm Six-Track stereo audio track ... until now.

The difference between the mono VHS/DVD versions of this movie and the new Stereo 2.0 DVD release is incredible. THIS is how the movie was meant to be experienced!

The musical soundtrack by David Shire soars in stereo as the Hindenburg looms into view in the opening shot. Forget the actors, the airship is the REAL star of this movie. And the stereo fun really begins when the four diesel-powered propellers roar to life with a thunder when the Hindenburg lifts off from Frankfurt. The stereo sound is incredible.

And then there's the storm, with claps of thunder booming all around you as the airship fights her way out over the Atlantic.

The stereo sound recording creates a fabulous atmosphere inside the airship. Duraluminium struts creak and groan and guy-wires squeal against the backdrop of the roar of the motors -- with sounds coming from all sides. Any Hindenburg buff who has watched this movie in mono in the past has a real thrill in store. The stereo sound experience is like watching this film for the first time.

The aural high point, of course, is when the two crewmen are attempting to repair a hole in the port-side horizontal fin. The musical score combines with the sound effects to heighten tension, and when Capt. Pruss gives the order for full-power on all four motors and elevator up 5 degrees -- the stereo sound effects make you feel you are about to be blown off the fin yourself!

This is a "must" for any dirigible buff. You have watched this movie hundreds of times in "mono" and think you know it forwards and backwards. But unless you have seen it in "Stereo 2.0", you have never seen this movie the way it was meant to be experienced. Remember: this picture won only one Academy Award -- and that was for stereo sound effects!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting conspiracy thriller masquerading as a disaster movie, 11 Jan 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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No film that Pauline Kael despised on principle (in this case the principle that it was directed by Robert Wise) can be all bad, and so it proves with The Hindenburg, which falls somewhere between a countdown-to-catastrophe period political thriller a la Tora! Tora! Tora!, 70s conspiracy movie and by-the-numbers disaster movie. It's as a disaster movie that it fails the most: the destruction of the Hindenburg was simply too quick to make for much of a climax, and playing the famous black and white newsreel footage intercut with unimpressive cutaways to the less than stellar cast at the end feels like a real cheat, especially since it's often clumsily handled. On the plus side it offers a clever screen story from legendary Monday Mystery Movie TV scribes William Levinson and Richard Link that sees George C. Scott's reluctant Luftwaffe Colonel sent by Goebbels on the airship's last voyage to uncover a plot to destroy the ship and thus embarrass the Nazi regime that uses it for their own propaganda. While the real investigations in Germany and America give the film some momentum, unfortunately the search for suspects among this particular sedately paced Airship of Fools is less than urgent: indeed, it's pretty obvious who is behind the plot and how Scott will react when he uncovers him.

That the supporting cast is more solid than glittering doesn't help: Anne Bancroft's aristocratic old flame has little to do but bemoan the way the Nazis have taken over her estate, cheat at cards and smoke the kind of cigarettes you don't get over the counter, but still manages to make more of her part than the script does; Roy Thinnes does well as the Gestapo man hitting on a young Jewish passenger because "I'm anxious to try one before they run out"; Richard Dysart does the good German wondering what's happening to his country routine as one of the owners (who historically was more than happy to cosy up to the Nazis if it was good for business); Charles Durning keeps the glowering to a minimum as the pro-Nazi captain; Gig Young is clearly drunk in a couple of scenes (yes, I know he's playing a drunk, but he slurs even when he's supposed to be sober half the time); while star-that-never-was William Atherton lurks in the rigging moodily before saving the ship from the danger that his own incompetence puts it in the first place. Shame they couldn't have afforded a couple of British actors for Burgess Meredith and Rene Auberjonois' parts. However, it does boast one of Scott's more natural and likeably underplayed performances before his penchant for drunken Long John Silver impersonations took over, managing to keep it all together until things go bang. The production design is excellent, Albert Whitlock's special effects, while dated, are often impressive and there's a lovely score by David Shire that's recently been released as an extremely limited edition CD. And it's hard to write off a film entirely that has one nervous passenger suggest "Next time, let's take the Titanic."

Anchor Bay's UK PAL DVD offers no extras, but the 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is much better than Universal's Region 1 NTSC disc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting conspiracy thriller in a disastrous DVD transfer, 9 Nov 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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No film that Pauline Kael despised on principle (in this case the principle that it was directed by Robert Wise) can be all bad, and so it proves with The Hindenburg, which falls somewhere between a countdown-to-catastrophe period political thriller a la Tora! Tora! Tora!, 70s conspiracy movie and by-the-numbers disaster movie. It's as a disaster movie that it fails the most: the destruction of the Hindenburg was simply too quick to make for much of a climax, and playing the famous black and white newsreel footage intercut with unimpressive cutaways to the less than stellar cast at the end feels like a real cheat, especially since it's often clumsily handled. On the plus side it offers a clever screen story from legendary Monday Mystery Movie TV scribes William Levinson and Richard Link that sees George C. Scott's reluctant Luftwaffe Colonel sent by Goebbels on the airship's last voyage to uncover a plot to destroy the ship and thus embarrass the Nazi regime that uses it for their own propaganda. While the real investigations in Germany and America give the film some momentum, unfortunately the search for suspects among this particular sedately paced Airship of Fools is less than urgent: indeed, it's pretty obvious who is behind the plot and how Scott will react when he uncovers him.

That the supporting cast is more solid than glittering doesn't help: Anne Bancroft's aristocratic old flame has little to do but bemoan the way the Nazis have taken over her estate, cheat at cards and smoke the kind of cigarettes you don't get over the counter, but still manages to make more of her part than the script does; Roy Thinnes does well as the Gestapo man hitting on a young Jewish passenger because "I'm anxious to try one before they run out"; Richard Dysart does the good German wondering what's happening to his country routine as one of the owners (who historically was more than happy to cosy up to the Nazis if it was good for business); Charles Durning keeps the glowering to a minimum as the pro-Nazi captain; Gig Young is clearly drunk in a couple of scenes (yes, I know he's playing a drunk, but he slurs even when he's supposed to be sober half the time); while star-that-never-was William Atherton lurks in the rigging moodily before saving the ship from the danger that his own incompetence puts it in the first place. Shame they couldn't have afforded a couple of British actors for Burgess Meredith and Rene Auberjonois' parts. However, it does boast one of Scott's more natural and likeably underplayed performances before his penchant for drunken Long John Silver impersonations took over, managing to keep it all together until things go bang. The production design is excellent, Albert Whitlock's special effects, while dated, are often impressive and there's a lovely score by David Shire that's recently been released as an extremely limited edition CD. And it's hard to write off a film entirely that has one nervous passenger suggest "Next time, let's take the Titanic."

Sadly, Universal's Region 1 NTSC DVD is an appalling transfer: it may be in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, but it looks like a public domain videocassette, with ghosting, edge enhancement problems and serious problems dealing with the airship's struts. It's watchable, but added to the lack of extras (aside from some production notes), it makes this one a reluctant purchase for the film's more ardent fans only until it gets remastered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hindenburg, 29 April 2007
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Mr. J. Roach (North Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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For a movie made in the mid- seventies the SFX are quite breathtaking. The cast is full of B listers with the exception of George C Scott. It was to my bitter disapointment that the film has not benifitted from a makeover. The picture quality is quite patchy, certainly not up to the standard we have come to expect as normal these days. Hence the 3 stars. If there was ever a film to be re-mastered it is this although there is still much to enjoy, especially the final act where the actual news reel footage it seamlessly edited into the film. A genuine forgotten classic which deserves restoring to its former glory.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice., 26 Sep 2010
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Excellent film good sound too, although it's obvious the bomb will go off, as you can't change history, can you?.

No extras though, not even subtitles.

I saw this film when it first came out, and it's great to be able to see it any time I want now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hindenburg(thedvd), 22 July 2011
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one of the best of this type of genre but there again anything with george c scott in is bound to be be good. the actual disaster at the end was well acted and was interspaced with actual footage of the real hindenburg crashing which fitted in well overall a very good film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Mar 2014
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I preferred this older version of the Hindenburg. The film director has managed to re-create the historical events behind the tale very well. I would definitely recommend this film for a weekend entertainment for those who are interested in history, and specific events in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars george c scott, 13 Mar 2014
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The Hindenburg is a 1975 American Technicolor film based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film stars George C. Scott. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was written by Nelson Gidding, Richard Levinson and William Link, based on the 1972 book of the same name, The Hindenburg, by Michael M. Mooney.

A. A. Hoehling, author of the 1962 book Who Destroyed The Hindenburg?, also about the sabotage theory, sued Mooney along with the film developers for copyright infringement as well as unfair competition. However, Judge Charles M. Metzner dismissed his allegations.[2]

A highly speculative thriller, The Hindenburg depicts a conspiracy leading to the destruction of the airship. In reality, while the Zeppelins were certainly used as a propaganda symbol by the Third Reich, and anti-Nazi forces might have had the motivation for sabotage, the theory of sabotage was investigated at the time, and no firm evidence for such sabotage was ever put forward. The possibility of Boerth's (i.e. Spehl's) deliberate sabotage is one theory of the fire that had been the subject of Mooney's book, published around the time of the film's development. It has never been proven definitively, and most airship experts tend to discredit this theory
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 23 Dec 2012
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This film was mainly a curiosity for me. The plot is quite boring in parts until the last 20 minutes or so when it starts to pick up. Also would have liked the "Germans" to speak German and use English subtitles to make it at least more realistic. Today, with the digital technology the end sequence would have been so much better instead of having to mix in actual real old footage. Somehow I find that a bit distasteful. This could have been such a good film but feel rather let down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mattinee film, 28 Aug 2012
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Purchased this DVD to find out a little more about the sabotage theory of this story. The film is an easy viewing experience worthwhile for the entertainment of a rainy afternoon but with a number of interesting facts thrown in. Worth the search and easy to watch again.
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