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directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany 1982

Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo" is one of the great visions of the cinema, and one of the great follies. One would not have been possible without the other. This is a movie about an opera-loving madman who is determined to drag a boat overland from one river system to another. In making the film, Herzog was determined to actually do that, which is more than can be said for Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, the Irishman whose story inspired him.

"Fitzcarraldo" (1982) is one of those brave and epic films, like "Apocalypse Now" or "2001," where we are always aware both of the film, and of the making of the film. Herzog could have used special effects for his scenes of the 360-ton boat being hauled up a muddy 40-degree slope in the jungle, but he believed we could tell the difference: "This is not a plastic boat." Watching the film, watching Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski) raving in the jungle in his white suit and floppy panama hat, watching Indians operating a block-and-tackle system to drag the boat out of the muck, we're struck by the fact that this is actually happening, that this huge boat is inching its way onto land -- as Fitzcarraldo (who got his name because the locals could not pronounce "Fitzgerald") serenades the jungle with his scratchy old Caruso recordings.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 4th, 1982 - West Germany

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Runtime 2:36:55 2:30:40 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.39
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dubbed) (Dolby Digital 5.1)

German (Dolby Stereo & Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Subtitles English, and none English, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Color, Widescreen
• Commentary by director Werner Herzog, producer Lucki Stipetic and Norman Hill
• Production notes
• German Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary track by Werner Herzog, producer Lucki Stepic and journalist Norman Itill
• Trailer
• Film notes
• Talent bios
• Photo gallery

DVD Release Date: 2 September, 2002
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Comments: Not much to say here... the Region 1 is obviously sharper and superior. Both colors match but I still think there is too much red in the image... and they both appear saturated to me. Extras are the same as is the sound. The REgion 1 is the preferred choice for its superior image quality. the menus are a personal preference - I like less flamboyant the Region 1's.    

- Gary W. Tooze




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