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Generation War [Blu-ray]

4.7 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein, Ludwig Trepte
  • Directors: Philipp Kadelbach
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 274 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IYMZIBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Career-soldier Wilhelm, his pacifist younger brother Friedhelm, and their friends Charlotte, Viktor and Greta say farewell in the summer of 1941 in Berlin, with the promise to meet again after the war. Wilhelm and his brother have been ordered to the eastern front, Charlotte will join them as a nurse in a field hospital there. In Berlin, Greta makes a name for herself as a singer, with the help of a high-ranking party official. Her Jewish boyfriend, Viktor is despatched to a concentration camp in the east. Little do they know how much the unfathomable experiences, deprivations and terrors of the war will change them. It is the experiences of friendship and betrayal, belief and disappointment, illusion and insight, guilt and responsibility that will change their lives forever.

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Absolutely magnificent German (and German made) p-o-v mini-series of WWII. No punches are pulled in the view of Germans at war with the protagonists quite clearly understanding their part. Terrific acting and very tight writing has the viewer glued for the entire four and a half hours (in three 1.5 hour ""episodes").
The story covers the lives of five friends who "do their duty" from just before Operation Barbarossa until just after the end of the war. Two brothers are soldiers, one an officer and one who would have been a conscientious objector in virtually any other country involved and we go through their "growth"." The other male friend is a Jew, simply, initially, striving to survive, the fourth is his girlfriend who is determined to become the next Greta Garbo (or simply star when she realises being the next GG actually won't go down well in Nazi Germany). The fifth, another girl is full of the belief of the German Woman and her place in the Reich and becomes a front-line nurse where her beliefs are gradually eroded. Their lives remain intertwined in various manners until the war finishes.
Powerful, emotional and gritty, this is a film that should be seen by anyone with an interest in "the other side" of the war.
Unless you speak German (or Russian, Polish and I believe Yiddish) you must read the subtitles but they are easy to see and read without impacting upon the visual. Probably the best sub-titles I experienced so don't let this put you off.
Watch it.
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Having recently finished Generation War I was left feeling very conflicted. On one side of the coin you have a very entertaining TV series with some fascinating fighting scenes and a relatively clever story that ties in with that time in history. On the other side of the coin though, the story trying to be too clever is were this series starts to unravel... It all becomes so unbelievably far fetched that it undermines the theatre of the war that it's based upon. I can certainly agree with a few of the more negative reviews that it feels like the characters based on a more modern free thinking mould.

Anyway I won't be too critical on Generation War, as a piece of entertainment it's 5 stars but if you're looking for something that is historically accurate that represents the period of time from a German perspective then it will leave you feeling a bit disappointing.
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Brilliant story telling, the war in Russia accurately depicted. This isn't your usual Hollywood nonsense, the interwoven story lines make for compelling, often harrowing viewing. The degeneration of normal human beings caught up in the horror of a racial war is totally convincing. Recommended.
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This series follows five friends through WW2 from a German perspective and the eastern front. The only complaint I have about it is that it was only three episodes.
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This deserves more than the five stars I can give it.
Exceptional story and exceptional cast.
Don't hesitate, give this DVD a try.
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This is a tremendous film. First saw it on BBC TV. The plot deals with five German friends during the Second World War and looks at the paths each of them take.The action sequences are amazing and it certainly does not pull any punches with the subjects it touches on.
The story is well filmed with some good performances and is subtitled.
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Brilliant series, really well made great story line with all being strong characters. really enjoyed it.Good to see the war depicted from the other side.Not sure if it a true story or based on facts put together, but it certainly felt true. It was well finalised with the end credits. More of the same please.
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Highly recommend this, the acting was superb, interesting to view the war on the eastern front from the German prospective, I could watch this over & over again...!!!
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