directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany 1987

 

The final collaboration of Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski yielded mixed results. Kinski, who would die in 1991, was still able to convey explosive emotional outbursts very effectively. At the same time he comes across as hollow and unfocused in his performance. Herzog tried very hard to work what he saw as his frequent muse's fading focus into the narrative but for some reason the whole thing never quite gels.


Yet, I find this film highly watchable. The overall beauty of the cinematography and the undeniable raw emotional power of the individual scenes add up to a unique movie watching experience. To me, it’s almost as if Terrence Malick tried to remake a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Not a very wise idea, perhaps, but an intriguing one nonetheless.

Excerpt from Danel Griffin's Film as Art site located HERE

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Theatrical Release: West Germany, December 3, 1987

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DVD Review: Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregg Ferencz for the Review!

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 110 min
Video

1.77:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio German (Dolby Digital 5.1) , German and English (Dolby Surround 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Director Werner Herzog
• Theatrical Trailer in German and English with optional English subtitles
• Talent Bios

DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Comments The transfer is simply amazing. Colors are accurate and vivid, fine detail is well rendered and the overall image is very sharp. You can see some fine film grain and a few dust specks on the print from time to time but this in no way detracts from the visual appeal of the DVD. The anamorphic image fills the screen entirely signifying definite cropping from the original 1.85:1 image but the framing is well centered. Werner Herzog's commentary never veers off its subject thanks to interviewer Norman Hill and thus does not lag. The only other extra is a theatrical trailer in German or English with optional subtitles.  out of     
 

 - Gregg Ferencz

 

 





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