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Wings of Desire
     

Wings of Desire

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Director: Wim Wenders

Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk

 

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Wim Wenders' much-loved Wings of Desire receives the special edition treatment on DVD. MGM has done a fine job with this disc, right down the line. First, the 1.78:1 anamorphic image, though not perfect, shines above previous video transfers. Some shimmering is evident, but both the black-and-white and color segments of the film look startlingly good. Detail is

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Wim Wenders' much-loved Wings of Desire receives the special edition treatment on DVD. MGM has done a fine job with this disc, right down the line. First, the 1.78:1 anamorphic image, though not perfect, shines above previous video transfers. Some shimmering is evident, but both the black-and-white and color segments of the film look startlingly good. Detail is perfect, especially during the black-and-white portions. The entire visual scheme elicits an emotional response, and it translates wonderfully on this disc. The new 5.1 Dolby Digital track doesn't stand up as well, but that's hardly surprising for a smaller film. Dialogue is clear, as are sounds effects (at least those that are offered). Still, it would have been nice to see some sort of enhanced soundtrack, especially with the use of the surrounds. But the disc really shines with the supplements offered. To begin with is a commentary track from Wenders and co-star Peter Falk. Next, a marvelous documentary, entitled "Angels Among Us," is not to be missed. Everyone from the director, the co-stars, the composer Jürgen Knieper, and Brad Silberling (director of the inferior remake, City of Angels discusses the making of the film and it's effects on the audience). In addition, 30-minutes of deleted scenes with commentary from Wenders are included, some which work well, while others make better use of the fast forward on the remote. Finally, along with a gallery consisting of two photos and an odd promotional piece for Wenders, is the German theatrical trailer and an interactive map of Berlin.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Unconventional angels in gray overcoats wander West Berlin in German director Wim Wenders's magnificent Wings of Desire. Scripted by Wenders and German novelist Peter Handke, Wings of Desire follows two angels, Daniel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), as Daniel struggles with his desire to take the plunge into earthly existence, inspired by his attraction to a beautiful French trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk appears in the film too, playing himself in a most unusual performance. The angels can hear the thoughts of everyone around them, and the disparate voices recounting their private agonies and hopes form a poetic aural collage. Jürgen Knieper provides the gorgeous original score, supplemented with onscreen musical performances by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Crime and the City Solution. In three languages -- German, French, and English -- with both color and sumptuous black-and-white sequences courtesy of legendary cinematographer Henri Alekan, Wings of Desire is at once charming, profound, tragic, and joyous
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
After seven years in the U.S., New German Cinema director Wim Wenders returned to Germany for this meditation on existence, mortality, time, and Berlin, the city in which it is set. Co-written with frequent collaborator Peter Handke, the odyssey of two guardian angels becomes a means for Wenders to examine poetically the fractured "soul" of the still-divided Berlin. Mixing black-and-white and color, and aerial photography with street-level shooting, Wenders contrasts the contemplative distance of the angels with the emotional vicissitudes of daily life. Damiel's desire to trade his wings for a chance at full-color human romance with a circus performer becomes a descent into a forward-moving present that threatens pain as well as potential joy. The fall of the Berlin Wall only two years later makes Wings of Desire seem more prescient than obsolete. Praised for its imaginative lyricism, the film won Wenders the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival; the 1993 sequel Faraway, So Close was not as well-received, and the film was Hollywoodized as City of Angels in 1998.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0027616887450
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

cc Audio commentary with director Wim Wenders and Peter Falk "Angels Among Us" documentary Interactive map Deleted scenes with director's commentary Original advertising artwork Original theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruno Ganz Damiel
Solveig Dommartin Marion
Peter Falk Himself
Otto Sander Cassiel
Curt Bois Homer
Hans-Martin Stier The Dying Man
Beatrice Manowski Young Prostitute
Lajos Kovács Marion's coach
Peter Werner Manager
Paul Busch Circus
Didier Flamand Angel at the library
Olivier Picot Air-raid shelter
Dirk Vogeley On the highway
Mick Harvey Crime & the city solution
Nick Cave Himself
Blixa Bargeld Member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Patrick Kreuzer Actor
Ulrike Schirm Actor

Technical Credits
Wim Wenders Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Anatole Dauman Co-producer
Claire Denis Asst. Director
Peter Handke Screenwriter
Monika Jacobs Costumes/Costume Designer
Jürgen Knieper Score Composer
Heidi Ludi Production Designer
Joachim von Mengershausen Associate Producer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Ingrid Windisch Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Child/Main Title [2:32]
2. People Talk [3:44]
3. Vaguely Unhappy Indoors [2:46]
4. The Kids' Questions [1:48]
5. Craving Weight and Pain [5:27]
6. Angels in the Library [6:07]
7. Out of the Hole [2:35]
8. Marion's Flying Chicken [5:56]
9. To Be, to Dream, to Want [5:04]
10. Thoughts to Go With Death [5:10]
11. To Each His Own... Wall [5:02]
12. A Hat's Motivation [5:01]
13. Extra Humans [4:41]
14. Circus, Circus [5:20]
15. Remember When...? [4:19]
16. Raccoon Eyes [:57]
17. The Jumper's Dilemma [2:28]
18. Watching Yourself Think [3:39]
19. The Show Up There [4:49]
20. A Good-Time Story [2:55]
21. Hands Inside the Body [4:37]
22. Dreaming of Wings [1:38]
23. "I'm a Friend" [2:43]
24. Plans for Manhood [2:41]
25. First Day in Color [6:37]
26. Kindred Ex-Spirit [:22]
27. Girl Without Ties [2:54]
28. A Missing-Persons Case [5:19]
29. Searching in Concert [2:51]
30. Finally Serious [5:09]
31. In, Around and Together [6:35]
32. To Be Continued/Credits [2:04]

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of seeing the sequel to this movie, Faraway, So Close, on Bravo more than a year ago, while I was studying German at the local college and I was smitten by the simplicity and depth of the director's work. Today I saw this film on cable and came straight away to find it, I was so moved. If you are tired of all of the fast-paced nonsense which Hollywood pukes at you and desire film which studies the human experience, I recommend both of these.
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DavidWhite More than 1 year ago
Nice.
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Crisp and airy