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( aka 'Hot Summer')

directed by Joachim Hasler
East Germany 1967

"How fun can a movie get? I show the first 15 minutes of this film to EVERYONE who stumbles into my Home Theater. In an attempt to define quirky/cool/eclectic... well this is it! East German's dancing and singing in mostly poor imitations of 'West Side Story' and 'Beach Blanket' films. Even trying to parody this would not come out as thorough as it does to itself. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!... the only thing that I can think of that stands out closely is the opening of 'Ghostworld' where we see the choreographed Indian singers. This film is a hoot! If you haven't seen it you don't know what you are missing." You just have to see this out of !!

Gary Tooze


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DVD Review: First Run Features Region 1

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Distribution First Run Features Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:33:21  minutes
Video 2.35:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen 
Average Bitrate: 5.46 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: First Run Features

Audio German (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English ( burned in ). Although your DVD controls might offer the ability to remove them they are not removable.

First Run Features
Color - 93 minutes 

Aspect Ratio  2.35 : 1 



  • Widescreen Music Video featuring Chris Doerk: (3:08)

  • Featurette "The Best of East German Cinema" -clips from many DEFA Studios East German films (11:46)

  • 8 Static Text Screens - 'Hot Summer is a Cult' by Claudia Fellmer of Southampton University

  • 1 Static Text Screen - About First Run Features.

DVD Release Date:  October 2, 2001
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12


Granted this is by no means a perfect transfer, but a pristine DVD would not fit this presentations 'feel". It is slightly hazy at times, and my guess is that it was filmed with low quality equipment. Analog to DVD for sure. Still it is proper aspect ratio and the colors are true (no real artificial contrasting or brightness that I can identify). The white subtitles are clear and pretty literally interpreted, which again adds to the charm pf the film. No commentary, but a short featurette on East German cinema as an extra. Everything is done as acceptably as you might expect. Bravo First Run Features!

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