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Operation Valkyrie [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sebastian Koch
  • Directors: Jo Baier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • 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: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AG2S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Operation Valkyrie tells the astonishing true story of a bold German plot to assasinate Adolf Hitler and the man who risked everything to try and make it happen. Sebastian Koch stars as Claus Von Stauffenberg, a once idealistic German army colonel whose exposure to wartime atrocities and personal battle injuries move him to conspire to eliminate the power crazy Fuhrer. The heroic tale remains a fascinating must see example of the German resistance to HItler's oppression.

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A first class recounting of the failed attempt on Hitlers life,during World War Two by members of the German Military Establishment.This version,produced in Germany,will inevitably be compared to the rather grander version,called"Valkyrie",starring Tom Cruise,released just a few years ago,and while that was excellent too,my preference is for this one,which seems "grittier'and more in keeping somehow,with how the attempt really was. It has the same ring of authenticity that the German version of the last days in the Berlin bunker had,"Downfall",which was also truly outstanding..
Perhaps,in the end,only the Germans themselves can do justice to these terrible events,and they are to be congratulated for dealing with them in such a truthful,unflinching,straightforward manner. Not to be missed.
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Having watched Tom Cruise's Valkyrie, I wanted to see this film for a number of reasons. Firstly, Sebastian Koch is a German actor who is always watchable (and looks superb in uniform!) and that he and Ulrich Tukur have appeared together before in Amen. Secondly, the film is more realistic than Valkyrie as it is on a smaller scale than the Hollywood version and the feeling of tension is more palpable. I would add that performances are also more realistic and that German actors are used (in the most part) throughout. In the Tom Cruise film, many British actors were cast and they looked unconvincing in uniform. Here, the faces fit and look totally at ease in their roles.

Sebastian Koch, who is from the same region of Germany as Stauffenberg, plays the role superbly. At the beginning of the film, he is shown to be a young, idealistic officer who clearly adores Hitler, but then realises that Germany is in the hands of a madman and that that madman needs to be eliminated.

The subtitled version is so much better than the dubbed version, so anyone wanting to brush up on their German language skills, watch this one.
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Predating the Tom Cruise version by four years and co-starring The Lives of Others' Sebastian Koch and, very briefly, Ulrich Tukur, Jo Baier's 2004 German TV movie Stauffenberg aka Operation Valkyrie is a rushed and unsatisfying effort that could have been a lot better if allowed a more generous running time than its 92 minutes. Many of the individual scenes themselves aren't bad, but the film leapfrogs several years and locations almost haphazardly, never establishing context or flowing smoothly but playing like a clumsily edited assembly of an uncompleted film. The decision to assassinate Hitler is arrived at in a clumsy and perfunctory fashion, the cast of conspirators is never assembled or introduced - when we first meet them you find yourself asking "Who are all these people?" - and the preparations for the plot are completely ignored: it's almost as if the whole thing happened on a whim. Worse, it's never explained how Valkyrie coup was intended to work, and if you don't know what the plan is there's no sense of mounting dread as it goes wrong at every turn just as there's no real sense of hopelessness as people we've never even met storm into an office saying they're not going along with it anymore. As a result there's no tension, despite a couple of crude out of nowhere attempts to imply arrest is possible at any minute, little dramatic resonance and no chance of caring about anyone as the film self-destructs into idealistic "I had a dream" speechifying and increasingly poor writing. A shame, because the performances are good (though the English dubbing is poor, with only Koch appearing to dub himself) and it's an often handsome looking film with solid production values, aside from a bit of bad CGi in North Africa, but it's just too shallow and superficial to work.
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This is a German version of the story of the failed attempt by Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and others to assassinate Hitler at the Wolfs lair in 1944. It will inevitably be compared to the US version starring Tom Cruise,Valkyrie [DVD] so let me say right up front they are very different telling.

I actually like both films, this however had a much more modest budget and some may feel has suffered because of that. However, the entire cast is excellent maybe not the stellar performances you could expect from Brannagh Nighy and co, but I found it hard to fault them.

It does seem to assume that you know a fair bit about what actually happened and the whole plot is not as well sign posted as in the US version. However, I think that just shows that the makers actually felt their audience did have foreknowledge and decided to treat them as grown ups.

It starts as early as 1939 Poland when Staufenberg gets disillusioned and that part of the story is told through letters to his wife Nina. It tracks his time in the Afrika Korps and injuries in a very human way leaving out the Prussian stiff upper lip that is so often favoured. It dwells much more on the actual events rather than build up to the plot and then the aftermath.

This is a thoughtful production from Jo Baier who clearly portrays the plotters as heroes and wants to give a message; it is not preachy except for a short burst towards the end, which is entirely forgivable.

It is obviously in German, with quite good English translation in the form of sub titles and runs for 90 odd minutes.
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