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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Finnish war films.
Both of these films have been extensively reviewed by others as individual releases; their availability as a 2-disc pack make this quite a bargain and they make a natural pairing.

"The Winter War" ("Talvisota") made in 1989 and directed by Pekka Parikka, is here presented in its US release; running at 122 mins.(the Finnish original clocks in at 192 mins.) it...
Published on 16 July 2012 by J. Mcdonald

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Winter War and Ambush
The film is good but a bit long winded to bring the message through.
In no way do I want to minimize the suffering the young soldiers went through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Finnish war films., 16 July 2012
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J. Mcdonald "Yelochre" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Winter War and Ambush Double Pack [DVD] (DVD)
Both of these films have been extensively reviewed by others as individual releases; their availability as a 2-disc pack make this quite a bargain and they make a natural pairing.

"The Winter War" ("Talvisota") made in 1989 and directed by Pekka Parikka, is here presented in its US release; running at 122 mins.(the Finnish original clocks in at 192 mins.) it has a brief introduction in American-English explaining the location and purpose of the conflict. Although edited, most of the lost material deals with the home front; this incarnation of the film is well-paced and grittily relentless once it gets underway. It hasn't been re-mastered to any extent so it shows its age a little. Some reviewers have been dismayed by this; it has some slight grain and a few minor blemishes here and there but I found it quite acceptable. Those of you with large-screen televisions may feel differently - the longer Finnish release has apparently been re-mastered, but costs considerably more than this.
Winter War is also notable for its attention to detail, with authentic looking Russian light tanks, artillery, aircraft and weapons.
The film is presented in 4 x 3 (1.66.1) letterbox format.

"Ambush 1941" ("Rukajärven tie" or "The Road to Rukajärvi" in English) was made in 1999 and directed by Olli Saarela; this film deals with an event during "The Continuation War" in which a bicycle platoon is sent to reconnoitre and flank the Russian front line.
This film has a minor love-story sub-plot which other reviewers have found irksome; I didn't find it all that intrusive, there are some brief flashback episodes as the young officer, Lt. Perkola ( Peter Franzén) daydreams, but it does little to interfere with the storyline. This is a markedly different film to Winter War in that it portrays an incursion deep into enemy held territory; the bicycle element is a different - and authentic - take on this kind of scenario. There has also been a fair amount of attention paid to detail in the military equipment. There are a few tense moments in the platoon's journey, but it gradually builds to the ambush referred to in the title.
Again, some reviewers have issues with the picture quality; again, I found it acceptable, this film does appear to have been re-mastered.
The film is presented in 16 x 9 Anamorphic widescreen and runs for 117 mins.

Both films are in Finnish language with English subtitles only; there are no extras with either disc.

I think this is a very reasonable package; both films - which, incidentally are based on novels by Antti Tuuri - make good additions to any war-film library and are fine examples of Nordic cinema. They are cheaper purchased as a set than as individual items and the set - at time of writing this - costs a fraction of most single-disc Hollywood fare, so they represent good value for your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter War in Finland, 17 Oct 2011
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Josh "The Claw" (Wherever I'm needed) - See all my reviews
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This WWII double pack is excellent value. The Winter War, the better of the two films, covers the Finnish war against Russia. The outgunned Finns doggedly hold off the Russian forces in a gritty, no-nonsense but well rounded war film. The budget was obviously limited, but the film does far better then most major blockbusters, and creates exciting and convincing battles with real Soviet T-26 light tanks, massed infantry charges and aircraft attacks. It also conveys alot about Finland at that time, along with the life and hardships of being a soldier. Very much recommended.
Ambush deals with the period later in the war when Finland was allied with Germany, but this factor is ignored. Instead the film tries for broad appeal with a romantic subplot that slows and dilutes the story of a patrol into Russian controlled territory. The film looks good, but has less interest, action and scope than The Winter War.
Both films are an interesting addition to a war collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good set of films...i recomment them!, 4 April 2013
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I bought these two films having never watched them before but they turned out to be very good and action packed. The winter war has a far better storry and is overall better film i would recomend these films for those who like war film and are interested in the winter war conflict
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winter War and Ambush 1941, 11 July 2013
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Both these films are about specific aspects of World War 2, but with a twist. They are told from the Finnish point of view, a little explored area for us in the west.
Winter War shows how the Finns mobilised their population to fight a war against the Russian aggressor and how little equipment the Finns citizen army had at first.
Ambush 1941 shows the change in a young Finnish officer when his fiancé is reported killed and how it affects his attitudes and that of his section, where the boundaries between right and wrong become blurred.
Apparently both stories are based on real events and eye witness testimony. The only thing that might put some people off these films is that they are in Finnish with English subtitles - stick with it, they are worth the extra effort. These films prove that the money spinning films are made in America, but the best films are made in the rest of the world!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one!, 28 Sep 2011
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B. Olsen (Norway) - See all my reviews
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Two marvellous Finnish war films at a bargain price. Winter War is one of the most intensive war films ever made, while Ambush 1941 follows a patrol penetrating into Soviet territory during the offensive at the start of Finland's Continuation War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first rate., 6 July 2014
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two very good war films I have just watched the new version of Stalingrad and it is total tripe compared to these films.no special effects here just pure realism and good acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good war film, 11 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed this. It gave me information about the war between the Finns and the Russians that I hadn't known before. The acting is good and the characters are varied and have the flaws and virtues that make draw you in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you think, 28 Feb 2014
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Both films are very realistic in their battle scenes, the characters are good and played very well. I've lived in Scandinavia and the mannerisms and spirit of the people in the films are typical, the scenery is excellent. Well worth the money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 1 Feb 2014
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Am glad this has got subtitles as it drew my attention away from 'the action' which was diabolical to say the least. Save your money
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Winter War and Ambush, 9 July 2013
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The film is good but a bit long winded to bring the message through.
In no way do I want to minimize the suffering the young soldiers went through.
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