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Anatomy (Special Edition) (2000)

Franka Potente , Benno Fürmann , Stefan Ruzowitzky  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Anna Loos, Sebastian Blomberg, Holger Speckhahn
  • Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Writers: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Peter Engelmann
  • Producers: Andrea Willson, Jakob Claussen, Norbert Preuss, Thomas Wöbke
  • 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: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anatomy (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

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

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Product Description

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

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts like a knife and feels so right November 18, 2003
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A FUN HORROR FLICK WITH A FOREIGN TWIST October 24, 2002
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, for a horror movie November 24, 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Gothic visuals and supercharged shocks May 15, 2002

(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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fine German Film June 26, 2006
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This was a breath of fresh air. Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) is outstanding as the lead actress and the rest of the cast are not bad. The special effects must be seen to be believed, I mean flawless, if you like very real looking gore then this the movie for you. They even have an English audio track for those who are feeling lazy

or just to stoned to read the subtitles.

See it friends its a good one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So-so movie
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2.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately creepy, but poorly paced
Predictable ghoulodrama with a straightforward, unchallenging plot. You will probably be able to guess the conclusion by the halfway point. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soo Doe Nimh
5.0 out of 5 stars True GERMAN Thriller!
This Fantastic GERMAN film is a true pleasure to watch, and I wanted this movie to be in its original form and language! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert M. Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly -- but hey, you do get to check out a good-looking naked guy...
I have a German friend who assures me there is only one good German movie. Anatomy is not that movie, not by any stretch of the imagination. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jasper
2.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy
This Movie was nauseating to see shooting victims with stuff that makes their blood and tissues go into a plastic human model like appearances then while they're dying do... Read more
Published 21 months ago by sandra m johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars horribly dubbed
The ADR is badly acted, edited and ruins what could be a good experience. How could anyone review this and overlook the dubbing??? Please release a subtitled version. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Daniel Fretto
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little movie with twists and turns and excitement
I don't get the people that gave this one and two stars. I think to tag it as horror might be a mistake. It is more like a mystery thriller. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by Hard To Find Music and Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Great movie. It's a suspense thriller. Some blood scenes. Spoken in German. You can turn on the subtitles in English. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
My wife found the movie at some rumage sale, and picked it up because she nows I like horror movies. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Vincent Palazzo III
3.0 out of 5 stars A Not So Secret Society
There have been a few medical based thrillers out there and this isn't one of the better ones.

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Published on July 18, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
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