- Actors: Marita Breuer, Marliese Assmann, Eva Maria Bayerwaltes, Helga Bender, Gabriele Blum
- Directors: Edgar Reitz
- Writers: Edgar Reitz, Peter F. Steinbach
- Producers: Edgar Reitz, Hans Kwiet
- Format: PAL
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 6
- Studio: Tartan Video
- DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
- Run Time: 990 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000284A56
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Originally broadcast on UK TV in 1984, director Edgar Reitz's epic 'Heimat - A Chronicle of Germany' remains a landmark in film-making history today.
Presented in deluxe collectors edition (with a specially designed replica hardback book binding that holds 6 discs) this winner of the International Critics' prize in Venice in 1984, runs almost 16 hours, was shot over 2 years, features 28 leading performers, has 140 speaking roles and includes 5,000 non-professional actors.
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During his last feature ‘Home from Home’ Reitz showed his mastery of the odd colour highlight within a monochrome shot, and in this current restoration, the same standards have been applied. These odd shots (so eagerly anticipated, as there aren’t many of them) look magnificent and magical: both a truly beautiful artistic device and, at the same time, a nod to the early photographic and cinema trick of spot tinting.
The original Heimat was exhibited in German cinemas in 1.66 format, which is also the shape used in this restoration, and gives the series an additional cinematic feel.
An extra disc includes the 2 hour documentary prologue to Heimat, itself restored and looking great, plus some fascinating interviews and an interesting 50-page book of essays and restoration notes.
I never thought I would see Heimat looking so good, and can only hope that a similar restoration is achieved on Die Zweite Heimat (my personal favourite) and Heimat 3. If you have any fondness for Heimat, this is a must-have. Only 3,000 copies of this edition, so be quick.
Some may it offensive that the story of the German 20th Century can pass without almost any mention of the Holocaust but Reitz realises that tradegy of that scale would completly overwhelm the film. Here we see how distant all the horror is from Schaubbach, how war was tiring and banal.
One criticism I have would be with the Little Hermann episode. Clearly this character is the director's alter ego and is rather overidealised. He is brillaintly talented and sensitive songwriter and musician who is misunderstood by his old fashioned family. Oh, and,at the age of 16,he is seduced by a beautiful older woman with whom he has a tortured and tragic love affair.
However, this is the only time in the entire running time that it feels as if the story is being manipulated. It doesn't hit another single false note. Make it your one big purchase for a while,make it your one big DVD risk this year because there really isn't another film out there quite like it.
The third part of Heimat was recently premiered on German TV so there's about another thirty five hours to go after you've finished this!
I do hope that very soon this is also available (in sub titles), on dvd.
Come on TARTAN and Edgar. The BBC ran it - what's the problem>
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So unfort I can not give you an objective review