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The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]

4.7 out of 5 stars 453 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme
  • Directors: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R342QS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Drama set in East Berlin prior to the fall of the communist government. Captain Gerd Weiser (Ulrich Muhe) is assigned to surveillance duties, specifically to collect information on popular dramatist Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his actress partner Christa Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). As he becomes more and more submerged in their lives, Weiser's own attitudes to life, politics and the state begin to change, and it's not long before he finds himself in a dangerous situation.

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In the former East Germany, no-one was above suspicion. Like George Orwell's vision of the future come to life, art and people and relationships were monitored obsessively; The Lives Of Others captures not only the paranoia and danger inherent in such a world, but also expresses hope that even in the most desperate situations, people can make a difference.

The story of The Lives Of Others unfolds mostly through the eyes of a secret service agent who's been given the task of spying on an artistic couple who've attracted the attention of the Minister of Culture. Little by little, he's drawn into their lives even as we're drawn into his; and as he loses his faith in the government, he must decide whether or not to try to hide the transgressions of those he's watching. As the physical danger and emotional cost mounts, it's impossible not to become utterly engrossed; intelligent and well-written, The Lives Of Others is also deeply moving.

It's rare to find a film that really deserves its rave reviews, and considering The Lives Of Others won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, it's got a lot to live up to. Happily, it's more than just up to scratch--it's absolutely brilliant. --Sarah Dobbs

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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2016
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"The Lives of Others" is a fantastic film. One of the best I've seen in some time. The events depicted are horrible and tragic. But at the same time, bittersweet.

This movie depicts life in East German in the early to mid 1980's, under the rule of a dictatorial state. The story follows the life of a man and his lover, as he becomes aware of just how bad things are. And the undercover police agent instructed to spy on the couple slowly realises that the social order he helps maintain is corrupt and evil.

It's a brilliantly acted film, with a fascinating story. This is a social and political drama, based on what life was really like in the Eastern Bloc.

This film is in German (with English sub-titles). The Blu-ray picture and sound quality is top notch.
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I am learning German and advised to see this film. Unfortunately Got a DVD without English subtitles. However, I managed to watch the film on another source so understood what was going on. Very moving film. Will watch it again so I can learn the language.
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I'm a student studying German at university and this film was on my course list this year. For that reason, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it at all- how wrong I was. This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time; the acting is absolutely superb! The storyline may not be 100% convincing, but let us not forget that it IS a film and not what really happened. This isn't one of those films which will make you feel good about yourself or laugh but it will leave you thinking about it for hours if not days afterwards and for me, that makes it unmissable.
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the film is wonderful but now I have tried to watch it again and the subtitles don't work. Oddly, I had bought this before and there were no subtitles on that copy at all, and so I exchanged it, but now this feature is not working on this copy. I am hoping Amazon will do something about this.

amazon sent another copy and that too had faulty subtitles. I have been refunded but where can I get a decent copy of this DVD?
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Great film with a wonderfull ending.
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Excellent movie and supplier. I wrote a university paper on this and got a first, so definitely worth a watch!
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bought because i have an interest in the era, and well fancy Martina Gedeck lol, was not disappointed, give it a go
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By ro on 10 April 2017
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Best movie have seen in a long time, will watch again and again, so good value
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