(aka "Heimat - A Chronicle of Germany" )

 

directed by Edgar Reitz
Germany 1984

 

...but nothing ever expressed, to me, so deeply, the soul and feelings of a people. I was stuck in front of the screen for weeks. Didn't miss a minute. When it started I didn't know what it was going to be like. I didn't expect nothing, I didn't know what I was going to see. I don't even watch TV. It was turned on, just like that. Heimat appeared... it's been maybe 12 years now, since I saw Heimat, and I never imagined it would remain so deep in my memory. Or should I say in my soul? I always thought that such memories and feelings could only stay with us from real life experiences...

Excerpt from Paulo Miranada's comments on IMDB located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1984 West Germany

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DVD Review: Tartan Video (6-disc) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Rob Janik for the Review!

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Tartan Video

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 925'
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German
Subtitles English (removable), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

(see below)

DVD Release Date: November 22, 2004
Two triple digipaks in book cover

Chapters 96

 

 

Comments Exceptional packaging (see image below) on this monumental set often described as 'one of Stanley Kubrick's favorites'. Some real effort was put into this powerful 11 episode series that tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982.

Release features:
Book "Heimat An Introduction" by David Parkinson

6 Discs with 11 Episodes:

Disc 1 (120')
Episode 1 "The Call of Faraway Places (1919-1928)" (119'18")
Disc 2 (148')
Episode 2 "The Centre of the World (1929-1933)" (89'37")
Episode 3 "The Best Christmas Ever (1935)" (57'50")
Disc 3 (176')

Episode 4 "The Highway (1938)" (58'19")
Episode 5 "Up and Away and Back (1938-1939)" (58'36")
Episode 6 "The Home Front" (1943)" (58'37")
Disc 4 (161')
Episode 7 "Soldiers and Love (1944)" (58'36")
Episode 8 " The American (1945-1947)" (102'02")
Disc 5 (139')
Episode 9 "Little Herman" (1955-1956)" (138'25")
Disc 6 (183')
Episode 10 "The Front Years (1967-1969)" (82'08")
Episode 11 "The Feast of the Living and the Dead (1982)" (100'23")

Some episodes seem to be softer and grainier than other, over all they are quite acceptable. Black and white sequences tend to be much crisper with nice rendition of blacks. Occasional dithering and artifacts are occasionally present but within an acceptable level. Audio is also up to par and subtitles appear to be well translated.

Note: Manu on Disc 6 has wrongly titled Episode # 10 as "The Proud Years" instead of "The Front Years".

 - Rob Janik

 

 

 

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