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5.0 out of 5 stars but the A/V quality probably better than the print I saw in theatre 40-odd years ...
Well beyond my most optimistic expectations; memory a little hazy, but the A/V quality probably better than the print
I saw in theatre 40-odd years ago; beautiful restoration; my humble thanks to BFI for giving this magnificent classic
the treatment it deserves.
Published 5 months ago by Tee Dee Aye

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2.0 out of 5 stars The futility and tedium of the search for Eldorado is well portrayed and some of the cinematography is excellent. Unfortunately
Perhaps as cinematic art this film deserves all the plaudits it has received but, for me, as entertainment it failed. An ethereal quality pervades from the opening sequence and the acting and dialogue are minimal.The futility and tedium of the search for Eldorado is well portrayed and some of the cinematography is excellent.Unfortunately the tedium was reflected in my...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but the A/V quality probably better than the print I saw in theatre 40-odd years ..., 2 July 2014
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Well beyond my most optimistic expectations; memory a little hazy, but the A/V quality probably better than the print
I saw in theatre 40-odd years ago; beautiful restoration; my humble thanks to BFI for giving this magnificent classic
the treatment it deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, spectacular, for real, no CGI, all shot on location. First class sound and picture., 3 Sep 2014
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It's typical Herzog, 10% history and 90% fantasy. He tries to improve on history by making it more spectacular than the real thing.
I know I said that about Fitzcarraldo also. Wikipedia is good on the real background vs film in both cases.

This is a brilliantly spectacular movie, shot on a borrowed camera (without permission), in difficult mountain and jungle terrain for a ridiculously small amount of money. The sight of 400 people, some dressed in armour, some chained as slaves, and accompanied by horses and cannons descending the spectacularly steep mountain path of Huayna Picchu, is one of the most spectacular opening scenes in all of film making (if you exclude CGI). Having been there, I have some idea of just how difficult that was. To be fair you don't actually see the horses or cannon on the most difficult part of the path, but even so....

It stars Klaus Kinski as Aguirre, who apparently really did have the nerve to try to overthrow the rule in Peru of the King of Spain. Kinski was himself a dangerous man, and is ideally cast as a fanatic who persists to the bitter end against all obstacles, all disasters, and all common sense. Much the same could be said of the director, Herzog, himself.

As others have commented, the technical quality is first class, and this 1972 film does not show its age.

It's dubbed in English. If you are fortunate enough to speak German, so much the better as you have a choice to use the original dialogue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait was worth it!, 8 Jun 2014
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Absolutely pristine transfer to Blu-ray. Would have loved a widescreen presentation, but the original aspect ratio of 1.33: 1 is the way it was intended. Menu navigation seems a little clumsy, but overall, kudos to BFI.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece in a great blu ray transfer, 11 Jun 2014
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Very good job, excellent version in blu ray of this masterpiece. I think that is the best version of this movie around the world!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The futility and tedium of the search for Eldorado is well portrayed and some of the cinematography is excellent. Unfortunately, 23 Oct 2014
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Perhaps as cinematic art this film deserves all the plaudits it has received but, for me, as entertainment it failed. An ethereal quality pervades from the opening sequence and the acting and dialogue are minimal.The futility and tedium of the search for Eldorado is well portrayed and some of the cinematography is excellent.Unfortunately the tedium was reflected in my viewing experience, and ultimately the picture left me cold.
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