Stalingrad

Stalingrad

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier

Cast: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel

     
 

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Joseph Vilsmaier's gritty war drama Stalingrad comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include filmographies, trailers, and production credits. This is a standard, but high-priced disc from Wellspring. Genre enthusiasts willSee more details below

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Joseph Vilsmaier's gritty war drama Stalingrad comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include filmographies, trailers, and production credits. This is a standard, but high-priced disc from Wellspring. Genre enthusiasts will enjoy it, but there may not be enough here to interest the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
An epic treatment of World War II's most prolonged and bloodiest battle has yet to be made, but this grunt's eye view of that event is a powerful dramatic treatment on its own terms. Even before the storm troopers of the Sixth Army depart for the Russian front from a beachside idyll in Italy, there is a suggestion of trouble in the ranks when one of their number refuses to button his collar for a medals ceremony and his commanding officer in turn refuses to award him his medal. This theme, the conflict between the ground-level soldier and the officers who blindly follow orders, caring little for the morale of their men, is best illustrated in a terse exchange of dialogue. When a captain tries to tell Sergeant Rohleder (Jochen Nickel), "I'm not a Nazi," the weary, nearly frozen sergeant replies, "No. You're worse, you lousy officers. You went along, even though you knew who was in charge." In this movie's view, Stalingrad became less of a battle against the Russians and a more a battle for survival. "If you start to think, you go crazy," advises one soldier to another even before they're in desperate straits, and there are few heroes in this story, just men operating on gut instinct. The script focuses on a small company of soldiers, all of them fairly admirable, though as their number dwindles, they become divided on the limits of their duty to the Fatherland. Like Das Boot, with whom this shares a number of production personnel, this was a TV miniseries in Germany, which doesn't mean the filmmakers stint on their depictions of violence. Even if it comes up short in depicting the details of the German command's folly in fighting on through the winter, Stalingrad, like Das Boot, does transcend national rooting interests in offering a vivid depiction of the insanity of war.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1998
UPC:
0720917503622
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
2:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Production credits; Filmographies; Theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages: English, German; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dominique Horwitz Fritz Reiser
Thomas Kretschmann Hans von Witzland
Jochen Nickel Manfred "Rollo" Rohleder
Dana Vávrová Irina
Martin Benrath General Hentz
Sylvester Groth Otto
Karel Hermanek Hauptmann Husk
Sebastian Rudolph Actor
Jaroslav Tomsa Opa Erwin
Petr Skarke Soldat 1
Heinz Emigholz Edgar
Oliver Broumis HGM
Cestmir Randa Soldat 3
Karel Habl Adjutant

Technical Credits
Joseph Vilsmaier Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Karl Baumgartner Special Effects
Karl Baumgertner Special Effects
Milan Bor Score Composer
Jurgen Buscher Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Jindrich Goetz Production Designer
Johannes M.M. Heide Screenwriter
Ute Hofinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Wolfgang Hundhammer Production Designer
Hanno Huth Producer
Hannes Nikel Editor
Ruth Philipp Makeup
Günter Rohrbach Producer
Norbert Schneider Score Composer
Milan Steindler Asst. Director

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