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Black Book [Blu-ray] [2006]

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  • Actors: Thom Hoffman, Carice Van Houten, Sebastian Koch
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJ0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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September 1944 and Rachel Stein, a beautiful yet feisty Jewish chanteuse has fled Nazi Germany for the relative safety of the Netherlands. Hoping to be reunited with her family, she and many other refugees are ambushed by Nazis. Everyone, including her family, are killed. As sole survivor, Rachel manages to meet up with the Dutch Resistance and turn her into a double agent. She is assigned to seduce the senior officer Munze (Sebastian Koch) in order to infiltrate the enemy's headquarters. However, it soon becomes a dangerous game of double-dealing and betrayal, threatening her true identity and her life. This is unforgettable suspense from a director at the peak of his power.

Extras:

  • Interview with director Paul Verhoeven
  • Interview with lead actor Carice Van Houten
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Widescreen 2.35:1 1080p Resolution 24FPS
  • Uncompressed Dolby Digital DTS-HS MA 5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Languages - Dutch
  • Subtitles - English
  • Dual Layer BD50
  • Region B

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Absent from the directors’ chair for over half a decade, Paul Verhoeven returns to business with the engaging thriller Black Book, and it finds him once again near the top of his game.

Leaving the disappointing Hollow Man firmly in the rear view mirror, and more in keeping with his original Dutch films than his infamous Hollywood output (Basic Instinct, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Showgirls all sit on his CV), Black Book is the story of a refugee by the name of Rachel Stein in the second World War, who embarks on a quest for revenge when her family are killed. Stein joins up with the Resistance, and is giving the mission of using her seductive charms to infiltrate the German Security Service, and the ingredients then fall into place for a labyrinthine thriller of some quality.

Black Book works for several reasons. Firstly, lead actress Carice von Houten is quite excellent, while the tight screenplay is happy to provoke questions and keep the complex plot in check. Verhoeven, too, directs well, occasionally relying a little too much on one or two of his conventions, but nonetheless delivering an engrossing piece of cinema.

For sure, Black Book isn’t perfect, and there are films that treat the material with more gravitas than is on display here. But it’s still a strong, well-made thriller, and one that leaves you hoping its director won’t be away for quite so long next time. --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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A movie which is both highly entertaining and thought provoking, Black Book is about the most Hollywood-like movie to ever come out of Europe. Paul Verhoeven returned to Holland after 20 years to make this epic (in Dutch and German for the most part) about the Dutch resistance in WW II.

Carice van Houten is magnificent in a role which I expect she will always be remembered. She can switch from whimsy to intensity, and passion to despair, and still hold your attention through the whole journey. It's a long journey too, about 2 and a half hours. And yet, the action, plot twists, and crucially the characters, keep you engaged throughout. Scratch that - not just engaged - on the edge of your seat. If there is a downside, it is that as so often with Paul Verhoeven's US output, with all the bright colours, frequent nudity and non stop action, we are almost voyeurs of the occupation, rather than growing to despise it.

The lush saturated colours and technical perfection are holdovers from the highly produced style Verhoeven perfected in America with Basic Instinct and Total Recall amongst others. And yet, while all the style and technical elements scream Hollywood, there is a European sensibility here when it comes to the story and characters. The characters are never ciphers but enter into real shades of grey. Sebastian Koch's Gestapo Chief Muentze is a delight - a Gestapo Chief who collects stamps, has a conscience.. and is perhaps even someone with whom the heroine can fall in love with.

There are underlying ideas here being explored - what would you be prepared to do? When is killing another person right.. is it still murder when it is the right thing to do?
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This has to be one of the best Non-English WWII action/drama films I have seen. The acting, costumes and special affects not to mention the overall ambience were excellent. Even though mainly in Dutch, German Hebrew and English were mixed in and I found myself understanding the conversations without constantly being glued to the subtitles.

The heroine shows such gutsy determination to endure and not give in to despair when all around is collapsing - without giving too much away; I was particularly impressed with the script for her lover towards the end of the movie - a German not making a 'cut and run' at wars end? a nice twist.

With so many twists and turns this should keep any war film buff happy for a couple of hours. Although the heroine is saved from many near death incidents (one or two a bit implausible) overall having rented this first I have since added it to my owned collection.
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My wifes comments about this movie might strike a chord with some of you reading this review.

"Oh no, not a foreign language war film" as the opening scene reveals subtitles.

"Brilliant - have a look through the special features " she comments as the credits roll at the end.

There seems to be a common misconception that a foreign film with subtitles will fail to be entertaining.

'Black Book' is an excellent story and shows that in war time the lines drawn between friend and foe can become blurred. Its impossible to hate people you should hate if you experience the humanity within and its equally impossible to love those close to you when they betray your trust.

Well acted and directed and a refreshing viewpoint.
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Apart from being maticiously directed this film has a most significant value for me personally.
I am a holcaust survivor from Holland thanks to a dear Catholic family who kept me as one of their own children throughout 3 years during WW2.
Based upon true facts,this film managed to express,most vividly,the actual situation in Holland under the Nazi conquest during WW2.
I highly enjoyed to watch the HD copy I procured from Amazon (at a modeate price) on my new 42" LED screen!
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I would like to congratulate Paul Verhoven on producing an excellent film.

There has been very few films produced showing the exploits of the Dutch

resistance during the second world war,especially when Holland had such a high Jewish population.To me this film bears tribute to these people who fought and died in the service of saving human life.It also demonstrates that in times of peril,one puts their lives in the trust of ones friends,and with the promise of riches one's friends can betray that trust.I suppose that's human nature.An excellent performance by all concerned,especially by Canice Van Houten,who is surely in line for bigger and better things.As the world enters into a period of unrest,it is essential that many people see this film as those who forget the past are deemed to relive it.An excellent script,brilliant special effects and wonderful acting all add up to make this an award winning film.
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For those of you wondering whether the DVD release has been cut or not, I checked out the bbfc (british board of film classification) Classification for Black Book and it looks like the DVD is shorter "by approximately 4% due to the differing number of frames per second" but it does *not* mean the DVD has been cut or re-edited.
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