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Dark Blue World (2001)

Ondrej Vetchý , Krystof Hádek , Jan Sverák  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance, Oldrich Kaiser
  • Directors: Jan Sverák
  • Writers: Zdenek Sverák
  • Producers: Jan Sverák, Domenico Procacci, Ed Whitmore, Eric Abraham, Genevieve Hofmeyr
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Czech (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000648X2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Blue World" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Photo montage
  • Making-of documentary
  • Making-of visual effects
  • Aerial symphony featurette

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Studio: Sony UPC: 043396082755

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Blue World - An instant classic! June 4, 2002
Format:DVD
I'm quickly realizing that there are some unbelievably good foreign films out there (I own about a half-dozen now). My wife and I watched Dark Blue World on DVD this weekend. It is one of the best epic war movies that I've ever seen and a very fine DVD release. The cinematography was amazing and the Dolby Digital mix was stunning. I felt as if there really were Spitfires and BF-109s flying through my living room!
In case you haven't heard of it, Dark Blue World is about Czech fighter pilots who fought for the RAF during World War II. In addition to an amazing history lesson, it was one of the best war screenplays I've ever seen and was wonderfully acted and directed. This is the first movie in a long, long time that I really felt connected to the characters. It makes me want to see more from this director and these actors. Jan Sverák should have been nominated for Best Director. Ondrej Vetchý (as Frantisek Sláma), Krystof Hádek (as Karel Vojtisek), and Tara Fitzgerald (as Susan) were all outstanding. It is rare that you see a movie so well balanced with stellar performances. Even the dog was perfectly cast (you'll know what I mean when the tears are rolling down your face as the main character has to leave her behind)!
Most of the movie is in Czech with English subtitles, which is refreshing. Hearing everything in the correct language sure does make the experience so much more fulfilling. It has the best aerial combat scenes in any film, ever. You'd think that you were seeing very high-quality historical film of the real thing. I'm a pilot and, as such, I'm extremely demanding in this area for accuracy down to the last detail. Let me tell you that the production staff for Dark Blue World didn't miss any detail.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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This is a must-see film for everyone. Jan Sverak (Academy Award winner for "Kolya") again shows his skills and excellence - no wonder he is called "smaller budget Spielberg". But don't be mistaken, this is byfar the most expensive movie project done in this country EVER.
Dark Blue World is a movie about Czechoslovak fighter pilots in World War 2, who escaped to Britain to continue their fight against Hitler, after German army has occupied their country. It is a story of war, friendship, love, and the cruelty of fortune, wonderfully entwined to produce a fantastic film. The film is a great drama, yet contains a lot of Sverak's humanity and humor at the same time...
Among other things Dark Blue World is arguably the best World War 2 aviation movie I've seen - the aircraft are beautiful, historical background well-researched, and most of all air combat scenes are thrilling but very realistic (modern computer graphics possibilities finally allow these things to be done, and this movie avoided all of the "comic book" effects that todays' directors often get dragged into - see Pearl Harobr). What is really good though is that you can take your girlfriend or wife with you, and she will enjoy herself as well!
Finally few important things to mention:
For all its seeming similarity to Pearl Harbor, this is a much, much better movie.
Considering that roughly one third of dialogues in this movie are in English, it isn't really a typical "strange foreign subtitled movie", either...
And finally DVD features many excellent extras, including an excellent "The Filming Of" documentary, storyboards, edited scenes, documentary about special effects, and others - lots of goodies.
Be it whether you liked Pearl Harbor or were disappointed by it, this is a film you should see.
Do get this DVD, you won't regret it... or even better, go see it in a movie theatre before you buy it, while you can!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not pearl harbor August 24, 2002
Format:DVD
If you read lukewarm reviews of this film, ignore them; they were just blowback from Pearl Harbor. Apparently (I've not seen Pearl Harbor), there are some surface similarities between the two movies--the WWII setting; two friends who are a fliers; a shared love interest--and I suppose that scenario could be considered cliched, but it seems as if critics, who uniformly hated Pearl Harbor, were unwilling to judge Dark Blue World on its own merits. Their reviews are mostly petulant complaints about having to sit through a Czech version of the prior Hollywood flop.
The fascinating story here, based on historical events, involves a veteran Czech pilot, Franta (Ondrej Vetchy), and a fresh-scrubbed young farm boy, Karel (Krystof Hádek). >As this too simple description suggests, there's ample ammunition here for critics who wanted to dismiss the film as cliched. But what it's not possible to convey here is how affecting the film is, especially the great love portrayed, which as in all war movies is not the physical love between Franta and Susan but the comradely love of Franta and Karel, who share so much, but ultimately too much. And the point is that their relationship works and it draws us in. They are very likable--the one eager and innocent; the other more experienced and reserved. They're something of an odd match but we can see what they provide to one another, especially in such trying times. We care about them. We ache when they hurt each other. We want them to patch things up. We feel ennobled by the sacrifices they make for one another. We can fathom how beautiful yet painful Franta's memories must be to him and why they would remain so close to the surface of his mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a war movie
Although there is some beautiful footage of a beautiful plane (Supermarine Spitfire), the actors and directors managed to inject just the right amount of romance, psychology,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Blue World AAA+
Brilliant WW2 movie. An epic in its own right and a different view from the other side of WW2. We all suffered on both sides. Lest We Forget.
Published 1 month ago by William
1.0 out of 5 stars Be sure you know what Region 2 is
Be aware! It was not obvious when I ordered this DVD that it is what I now know to be a Region 2 DVD. I didn't even know what that meant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous look at a forgotten chapter
The British actors, and the parts of the film that are in English, are a sweetener for what is actually a superbly made Czech film with excellent production values (particularly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Got Out of Dixie Alive
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flying film
I bought this DVD for my cousin in Czechoslovakia who flies. The dialogue is in multiple languages and he can watch it in czech.
Published 14 months ago by John C. Psota
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor transaction.
I'm starting to sound like a cracked gramophone record. We returned five DVD's as they were not compatible for our New Zealand region, as we require the Pal version. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ron Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I have watched this over and over and like it more each time. No matter what your taste in movies is, you'll like this, there is something for you. The best of Sverak.
Published 17 months ago by SUSAN KEMPF
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but then this is a rather small movie genre..
Quality video from the CZ i presume..it`s an ok movie with some good action scenes but also alotta lovin/intrigues goin on. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tourfarer
5.0 out of 5 stars BugSmasher
Upon reading of the movie being aired in two different languages with sub-titles I shied away from the movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by "BugSmasher"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great WW2 story of fighter pilots.
This DVD is a remarkable presentation of foriegn pilots fighting in the british airforce to protect England during the blitz and defeat the german nazi occupiers of their native... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Thaddeus
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