Aguirre - Wrath Of God

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Werner Herzog's hypnotic masterpiece Aguirre: The Wrath of God is given fantastic treatment on DVD. It is presented in full-frame (1:33:1) (the film was not shot in widescreen) and can be played in the original German (with optional English subtitles) or in English; the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0. Included are the standard scene-selection screens, as well as three trailers, two of which are in German (one with subtitles and one without) and the other in English. The DVD also features an ...
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Werner Herzog's hypnotic masterpiece Aguirre: The Wrath of God is given fantastic treatment on DVD. It is presented in full-frame (1:33:1) (the film was not shot in widescreen) and can be played in the original German (with optional English subtitles) or in English; the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0. Included are the standard scene-selection screens, as well as three trailers, two of which are in German (one with subtitles and one without) and the other in English. The DVD also features an insightful English-language commentary by Herzog, as well as long, detailed biographies and filmographies for Herzog and the film's star, Klaus Kinski. The film is absolutely mesmerizing, and its DVD presentation makes for an intense and satisfying viewing experience.
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Special Features

Full-frame presentation; Audio commentary with director Werner Herzog; Theatrical trailer; Talent bios; Languages: German and English; Optional English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Few actor/director relationships were more combative than that of Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog (most manage to creatively negotiate without resorting to the threat of lethal violence), but fewer still so dramatically brought out the best in each artist. Before Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes, Kinski was a fine actor who made a career out of starring in third-rate films, while Herzog was a skillful filmmaker whose works often lacked the clear focal points they needed. But with Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes, Kinski finally had a role worthy of his gifts as the gloriously mad conquistador Aguirre, and Herzog had a leading man whose bizarre but inarguably potent charisma made him impossible to ignore; tgoether, they brought a bizarre, surreal story to vivid and sweaty life. While Kinski and Herzog would make four more films together, Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes remains perhaps the best work either man ever did; the final shot, of the psychotic Aguirre, doomed but glowing with what he believes to be triumph, standing tall on a raft overrun with monkeys, is just the sort of image that this pair of mad geniuses could have only created together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • UPC: 013131109993
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Mono / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: Deutsche, English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Klaus Kinski Don Lope de Aguirre
Cecilia Rivera Flores
Ruy Guerra Don Pedro de Ursua
Helena Rojo Inez
Del Negro Brother Gaspar de Carvajal
Daniel Zacapa
Peter Berling Don Fernando de Guzman
Dan Ades Perucho
Technical Credits
Werner Herzog Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus Editor
Thomas Mauch Cinematographer
Popol Vuh Score Composer
Miguel Vasquez Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Introduction [:34]
2. Main Titles [4:18]
3. River of Wrath [1:49]
4. Into the Jungle [2:44]
5. Grim Pronouncement [3:48]
6. The Rapids [6:57]
7. Mysterious Deaths [5:35]
8. Seeds of Rebellion [6:24]
9. Taking Command [4:57]
10. Emperor of El Dorado [4:24]
11. Disturbing Discovery [2:33]
12. The Trial [3:27]
13. Skull and Bones [3:33]
14. Indian Encounter [7:18]
15. Blasphemy [3:54]
16. Golden Dreams [3:03]
17. The Emperor's Feast [5:31]
18. Execution [3:08]
19. Savage Assault [2:54]
20. The Wrath of God [3:11]
21. Hunger and Death [4:33]
22. Drifting [1:46]
23. Ship of Fools [1:54]
24. The Jungle Triumphant [4:48]
25. End Credits [1:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      Trailer (German w/ Subtitles)
      Trailer (German w/ No Subtitles)
      Trailer (English)
      Commentary With Werner Herzog
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Talent Bios
         Werner Herzog
         Klaus Kinski
   Audio Setup/Subtitles
      Audio
         German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
         German (Dolby Surround 2.0)
         English (Mono)
      Subtitles
         English: On
         English: Off
   Resume
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Visual Voyage Into Madness and Oblivion

    Herzog's loose adaptation on an obscure 16th century Spanish expedition that disappeared in the Amazon basin in search of the legendary city of El Dorado. Filmed on location near Machu Pichu with locals as extras, the merit of the film goes into the direction and the acting as opposed to film quality. Produced and directed on a college-level budget (Herzog actually had to steal his alma mater's filming equipment for this film), the film quality is somewhat coarse and similar to cameras and film used for documentary footage. Another drawback is that it's only in mono and has no dolby or other stereo sound options. Despite these technical limitations, Herzog's choices of scenes, pacing, and editing, along with Kinski's superb acting, result in a brilliant film. The theme of unchecked ambition leading to madness and eventual oblivion is beautifully carried by the plot's depiction of how the overconfident explorers, led by their greed, drift, fight, and decay ever further into the wilderness. With King and Church far away, Aguire's promise of gold and power leads a small group of deluded followers to mutiny and eventual oblivion. As their voyage progresses and the further the characters are removed from any shred of civilization, madness seems strangely sane and the unending lust for power somehow satiable. Also visible are the thematic parallels with the megalomanic rise and inevitable destruction of Nazi Germany. The synthesized droning background music adds to the sense of delirium and to the film's dreamlike qualities.

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