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Dresden (2008)

Felicitas Woll , John Light , Roland Suso Richter  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Felicitas Woll, John Light, Benjamin Sadler, Heiner Lauterbach, Katharina Mainecke
  • Directors: Roland Suso Richter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKT4BW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dresden" on IMDb

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January, 1945. In the uncertain days leading up to the Allied bombings of Dresden, Anna (Felicitas Woll) discovers Robert Newman (John Light), an injured British pilot, hiding in a hospital cellar. Torn between loyalty and desire, the young nurse risks everything to help him recover. As Anna struggles to keep his true identity a secret and Robert battles to survive behind enemy lines, a catastrophic fate descends upon the city.

DVD Extras:
Making-of Featurette, Archival Military Footage of the Dresden bombings

A love story set amidst the chaos and horror of World War II, Dresden tells the tale of a beautiful young German nurse who falls in love with an injured British pilot. Anna (Felicitas Woll) is engaged to a wealthy doctor, but she wants more than the bland certainty he can offer her. While on her rounds at the hospital, she discovers Robert (John Light), who is in hiding. Anna knows little about him and is initially unaware that he is a British soldier, and therefore her enemy. What starts as a quiet, private romance escalates into an affair that the couple has a difficult time containing. Woll and Light make beautiful leads, but it's the supporting characters who stand out. Dr. Carl Mauth (Heiner Lauterbach), Anna's father, is a complicated and compelling man who will resort to stealing morphine if his patients are in need. Watching his emotive face, viewers understand his intent without having to hear him speak. Dresden's filmmakers do a formidable job of presenting both the Brits and the Germans as flawed people who aren't sure what is right and wrong. Set in January, 1945, prior to the Allied bombings of Dresden, the German production team does a fine job of meshing soap opera type melodrama with feverish action. There are some scenes that are horrific and gruesome to watch. But more often than not, they succinctly set the tone for the violence that accompanies war. Though the three-hour miniseries (which offers both English and German with English subtitles) has been favorably compared with the epic love story portrayed in Titanic, it also shares some of the sweet aspects of Summer of My German Soldier, a 1978 made-for-TV movie that depicts the unlikely friendship between a young Jewish girl and a German POW. As with war, there sometimes is no explanation for love. It just happens. --Jae-Ha Kim

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Dresden's Day of Horror January 28, 2008
I made a last minute decision to watch this on the History International channel. It's one of the best TV decisions I've made in a long time.
This is a fabulous tale of the horrors of war, humanity of all sides in a conflict and romance.
You can feel the horror building as the British planes approach Dresden and see the horror of the devastating firestorm following the massive bombings as more than 25,000 civilians were killed.
There is tenderness here, too. The characters are multi-dimensional. Even those we think have done terrible things, we know are conflicted and in at least case seek penance.
The photography and special effects are stunning.
I'll have to save my nickles and dimes to buy this one.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Dee J.
I got to see part of "Dresden" while in Germany last year and was very impressed with its authenticity and devotion to detail. I know that some of the effects were digitally accomplished, but the acting and sets were terrific, too. My German isn't the best, so I'm looking forward to purchasing the DVD set, which will be subtitled in English. I understand that there will be some great DVD "extras" about the making of the movie, too.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done January 29, 2008
By Dawn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We love documentaries and accurate historical fiction, and thoroughly enjoyed this program on the History channel. Since we missed the first hour plus, I was happy to see this is now available on DVD, and pre-ordered it immediately. It was extremely well thought out, the characters were engaging and believable, yet the historical details were carefully crafted and well done. Highly recommended. Also recommended about WWII: Band of Brothers; The War.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Masterpiece! February 10, 2008
By Laura
I just finished watching this movie and am still quite speechless. The film covers the events that took place in Dresden, Germany right before the end of WWII. In order to bring this story to light, we are introduced to two main characters, Anna and Robert. Anna is a nurse in Dresden and Robert is an injured English bomber pilot.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed these two characters, they aren't the entire reason why I love this movie so much. What's so enjoyable is how all sides are brought to light. This film isn't attempting to make one side appear to be the victim, while the other side is full of vicious murderers. This isn't a one sided story. Instead, it's a multifaceted masterpiece. All of the bits of story come together and flow into one.

Yes, the film was meant for television, but the special effects are equal to any major Hollywood motion picture. The international cast is perfect in their delivery of their characters. You can tell how much time and effort was taken to make this film as accurate as humanly possible. They didn't cut any corners and it really pays off. This film is breathtaking and should be viewed by all. If you don't know the story of Dresden, then you'd best take a look because stories like these should never be forgotten.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eine Nachdenkliche Geschichte May 20, 2008
Amazon recaps the plot outline so thoroughly there is no need to repeat it here. I will only say that this is a truly great film with a terrific cast and top-notch production values. It's the kind of movie Hollywood seems to make only very rarely anymore -- you know, an actual story with characters you care about told in a straightforward fashion (what a novel idea!). Felicitas Woll is simply outstanding and very captivating in her role. Everyone is very well cast and the screenplay is superb. It hooked me in right from the start and never let go.

The film gives a fairly balanced view of the reasoning and rationalizations leading up to the targeting of Dresden by the Allies. None of this can really be fully understood by us ex post facto, however. The loss of life and the sheer destruction wrought is simply too overwhelming.

As far as the film being in English OR German, as Amazon lists, at least the copy I rented (from that online rental outfit that shall remain namelessNetflix) was only in German, with English subtitles. This was fine with me.

I also highly recommend another Roland Suso Richter film, 'Der Tunnel', about a group of people who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. Equally gripping and well done.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately some historical problems March 14, 2009
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I thought that this would be an interesting film. I have read two books about the Hamburg firestorm in 1943 and one book on the Dresden firestorm. I have also read several books about the night battle between RAF Bomber Command and the German Nachtjaeger (night fighters). The initial night raid at the beginning of the film is totally unrealistic. The RAF deployed in a bomber stream where individual bombers were guided initially by radio or radar beacons and then dropped their bombs via flares (the Germans called the flares Christmas trees because of the shape and color) dropped by pathfinders who would initially mark the target. The bombers got to the target individually, they could not fly in formation because of the darkness and the lack of many of the navigation devices that are common today. Everything that I have read has told me that it was a lonely dark cold ride for the crew of the bomber. They could not see any other planes from their squadron and they had to be on their toes for German night fighters. In the movie the British bombers are in a formation that would be more suitable for USAAF daylight bombing, close to each other where they could wave to other crews. In real life if this formation had been attempted there would have been multiple mid air collisions between the bombers. When the main British character's plane is later attacked it is by a formation of single engine day fighters (ME-109s). ME-109s were used against Bomber Command. However, they flew singly, high above an attacked city and attacked bombers from above when the bombers stood out against the light background of the burning city. The German ME-109 pilots had no radar and generally were lucky to get back to their air field let along shoot down a bomber. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dresden
Devastation, flaming inferno, havoc wreaked... Dresden. Beyond all that human relationships are carried on regardless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clive Beilby
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden
Here is a DVD that presents the horrors of Mass bombing by Allied Aircraft of Cities in Nazi Germany during World War II. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary W. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what a great story
Published 2 months ago by hida
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful war time film
Published 2 months ago by vicki larson
I had never read or thought much about the fire-bombing of Dresden until I watched this. I have watched it several times now, since I purchased it, and I really like it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Francis Timothy Mooney, Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty
This film's bias is subtle and deceptive. "Dresden" conveys no true or heartfelt sense of context: Nazi Germany's responsibility for WWll, (save for one mumbled line); its... Read more
Published 3 months ago by noras pov
3.0 out of 5 stars German movie
A movie about the fire-bombing of Dresden, from the perspective of a young German woman from a privileged family. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Heidi Wright-Dobrzak
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical film of today
Ok, I am neither German nor English or American. From a nationality standpoint I am truly neutral.
This is a Hollywood style movie - sex, bombs, persecuted Jews, idiotic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LaurentG
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie with a great story.
Excellent movie that dramatically reveals the shared humanity of both sides involved in World War II. The struggle to survive the war is very well portrayed.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I really enjoy books, movies about this period in time. I thought this was a delightful movie and enjoy watching it more than once.
Published 7 months ago by vicecats
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