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Anatomy (Special Edition)

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When a gifted medical student is accepted into a prestigious anatomy program, it seems like a dreamcome true. But her school days soon turn into a nightmare when she uncovers the horrifying activities of an ancient secret society whose members perform grisly experiments on human subjects while they are still alive!

The German thriller Anatomy is a Grand Guignol display of medical horror, dwelling on dissected flesh and body organs in jars. Paula (Franka Potente, the star of Run Lola Run) is a smart young medical student with a lot of family history: her grandfather is a celebrated surgeon and her father runs a low-income medical clinic. An award-winning essay gets her into a prestigious university, known for a strict but brilliant professor of anatomy. On the train to school, Paula saves the life of a punk rocker with a heart problem--only to find this same young man on her dissecting table a few weeks later in anatomy class. Her investigations into this coincidence lead her to discover an underground society of doctors who pursue medical research at all costs, and who sometimes give interesting medical specimens a little nudge on their way to death. Despite a clunky script, Anatomy has a slick look and some gruesome moments. Potente has an engaging presence and is surrounded by a good-looking young cast. This is pretty much a German version of movies like Final Destination, Urban Legend, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and anyone who's a fan of those flicks will find much to enjoy here as well. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video
  • Make-up featurette
  • Making-of featurette
  • Talent files
  • Production photos

Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Loos, Franka Potente, Benno Fuermann
  • Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Producers: Jakob Claussen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anatomy (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2003
Format: DVD
Anatomy has a lot of good things to offers viewers: it's a horror film featuring red-hot German actress Franka Potente of Run, Lola, Run fame, and it quite ably delivers the goods. While not as groundbreaking as Run, Lola, Run, Potente's cinematic journey into the darker side of humanity is well-plotted and beautifully shot. Still being somewhat new to foreign films, I always find it fascinating to see how a foreign director molds and shapes a story. The look and feel of Anatomy is well-nigh perfect, and only a few minor issues with the plot and characterization keep it from earning five stars in my book. If you only familiarize yourself with one German actress, Potente is definitely the number one choice; she may be young, but she is a wonderfully developed actress who, I am sure, could carry the burden of a bad movie quite far on her own. Such an effort on her part is not needed in Anatomy, though, as this movie is quite good from start to finish, even turning out to be far less predictable than I was expecting.
Franka Potente plays Paula Henning, a young doctor-to-be who earns the right to study at a highly respected medical school in Heidelberg, the very school her proud, aging grandfather taught at years ago. She wants only to study and learn, but she ends up living with a fellow student from Munich named Gretchen (Anna Loos), who is quite a character in and of herself, and taking up with a strange fellow student named Caspar (Sebastian Blomberg) . The new students get an electrifying introduction to life at Heidelberg and soon begin their studies. When a young man whose life Paula had saved just days earlier turns up in the form of a cadaver on her lab table, she begins to grow uneasy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David K. on October 24, 2002
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I saw this movie solely because it is one of the few movies you can get in America that stars Franka Potente, best known from "Run Lola Run," and it turned out to be a good movie too. Franka Potente is perfect in her role as the somewhat reserved heroine who uncovers an evil scheme in the prestigious medical university in Heidelburg. It was great seeing a foreign horror movie after seeing so many American ones. "Anatomy" is scary because it doesn't use a recycled plot and the movie really makes you wonder about medical science. It's not from Tom Tykwer, director of "Lola," and it doesn't have that post-modern feel, but it's still definitely worth seeing this good, solid horror flick.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Lee Flowerdew on November 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Why is it that the best horror movies are foreign? Is it that they are more intelligent and less likely to follow the tired, used conventions of Hollywood? "Anatomie" is basically a somewhat subdued slasher film, but it has the bonus of starring the always fabulous Franka Potente. Unlike the majority of horror movies, this one is WELL MADE and doesn't look like it was filmed in someone's backyard with a camcorder. Though like the majority of horror films, it is set in a college (it's always college or high school), and deals with something psychologically uncomfortable for everyone- possible dissection! Not to mention, the whole good vs. bad convention: is it a bad thing to perform inhumane studies on human cadavers if the research can possibly save lives in the future?

P.S.- don't watch the sequel. ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Libretio on May 15, 2002
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(Germany - 2000)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Digital / SDDS

Exploiting all our worst fears about human corpses and invasive medical procedures, this hair-raising thriller pitches brilliant med student Franka Potente (RUN LOLA RUN) into a centuries-old conspiracy at Heidelberg University involving a secret fraternity of medical deviates who practice dissection on living subjects! Photographed in widescreen Super 35 by Peter von Haller (STALINGRAD), this straight-faced shocker displays all the confidence of its US counterparts - it's actually the first entry in Columbia's newly-created European production outfit - whilst remaining true to its Germanic origins: The picture-postcard views of Heidelberg (described as 'kitsch' by debut writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky [ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN]) contrasts abruptly with the specially constructed anatomy class - a silver-grey nightmare dominated by dozens of gruesome anatomical displays - where most of the film's action takes place.

Potente, a huge star in her home country, is quietly effective as the heroine who traces the central conspiracy back to its origins in the 16th century, raising the inevitable spectre of similar state-sanctioned atrocities during the Nazi era (an unavoidable detail which has nevertheless provoked criticism from various quarters, particularly in Germany).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 30, 2008
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Anatomy (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2000)

Seeing Stefan Ruzowitzky's medical thriller Anatomy so quickly after seeing Nacho Cerda's twisted Aftermath made for an interesting contrast. Anatomy is obviously a much more mainstream, commercial film, but many of the underlying conceits are the same; the two make a great pair.

In Anatomy, two women-- Paula (Lola Rennt's Franka Potente) and Gretchen (Anna Loos, who also sings the soundtracks' exceptionally sexy "My Truth"), are accepted into an exclusive medical school in Heidelberg. While on the train there, they meet David (The Counterfeiters' Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey), a young man with a terminal heart defect who's on his way to see yet another specialist. On their second day of classes, David turns up on Paula's dissection table, and there are some very odd things about his body. Paula, with the help of her would-be boyfriend Caspar (Sebastian Blomberg of the upcoming The Baader-Meinhof Complex) and Gretchen, starts digging into David's mysterious death, and discovers that all at the school is not nearly what it seems.

First off, a warning: watch this with subtitles. The dubbed version is absolutely execrable, and plays more like a bad comedy than the tight, intriguing thriller that it actually is. Ruzowitzky, who also wrote the script, could have probably used another pair of eyes-- some of the plot twists are predictable, if still fun-- but there's a good vein of black humor running underneath the outrageous plot, and he's got a very good grasp of how to use light and shadow to create suspense, something that's almost lost in Hollywood these days outside the influence of a select few directors.
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