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Fraulein (1958)

Dana Wynter , Dolores Michaels , Henry Koster  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dana Wynter, Dolores Michaels, Mel Ferrer
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: James McGivern, Leo Townsend
  • Producers: Walter Reisch
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSMJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A German girl helps an American officer escape the Gestapo when her family is killed in a WW2 air raid. After eluding the Russian Army she ends up having to do the unthinkable to survive while officers from different armies set their sights on her. Presented in 4:3 pan and scan using the highest quality source material available.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good post war film and a poor DVD July 2, 2012
Format:DVD
This is a pretty good movie concerning what a young woman has to do do survive right after the fall of Berlin in a Russian and U.S. occupied city. This was made in the 1950's so there was a great deal that couldn't be shown at the time but they conveyed what they could and you do get a good idea of what she and others like her went through. The performances are quite good and there is a great touch of humanity at the end.

20TH Century Fox released a flat, pan and scan DVD!!! This is unforgivable and inexcusable at a time when very other studio such as MGM, Warner Brothers and Columbia are releasing their older wide screen movies, and not just their major movies, in wide screen. You're missing over one third of the picture. Also, the pressing isn't that good and, if that weren't bad enough, in a couple of scenes the picture isn't unsqeezed enough and people look a little too thin and a little too tall. This is a good film but a poor DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film;very poor quality DVD July 5, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not a good start to the new Fox MOD series.
This is a very shoddy presentation of a really interesting film.
The film has many interesting points showing the after effects of war.
The leads Dana Wynter and Mel Ferrer are excellent and there is a very
good supporting role for groundbreaking Black actor James Edwards.
Sadly the DVD is "full screen" not scope and extremely grainy to boot!

I note that other scope films in the first wave from this series are noted
as being "full screen" Because of this I will not be buying THREE
BRAVE MEN and INTENT TO KILL.

Surely Fox cannot be releasing further DVDs of Cinemascope films in this
ghastly format!My advice buy if you are desperate to see the film,otherwise
avoid!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fraulein (1961) August 22, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This film is a must see for WWII film buffs, those who enjoy the story of a woman holding on to her "self: when those around her are losing theirs, and a love story which blooms as a secondary plot. The two leads are at their glorious career peaks, Wynter, splendid against a war-torn background. There's a tertiary plot about discrimination. Watch for a small but powerful scene featuring James Edwards, showing the type of humanity we all aspire to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange marketing from 20th Century Fox July 29, 2012
By Hank
Format:DVD
For a long time now Fox have very rarely issued their back catalogue of Cinemacope pictures in particular in either
the U.S. or the U.K. We have never found out why. Now they are entering the MOD market with Cinemascope pictures in
1.33 ratio! Why? Surely they have the original WS negatives in their vaults.
For Cinemascope afficionados like me , Spain is the place to order from as Fox have released many of their WS
pictures in 2.35 ratio.
Here is a list of films available from Spain, all in WS:-
Night People
Violent Saturday
Untamed
The Rains of Ranchipur
Boy on a Dolphin
The Gift of Love
Cattle Empire
The Oregon Trail
A Woman Obsessed
Fate is the Hunter
The Roots of Heaven
23 Paces to Baker Street (also available in the U.K.)
King of the Khyber Rifles
The Egyptian
A Woman's World
One Foot in Hell
In Love and War
Tender is the Night
The Bottom of the Bottle
The Story on Page One
Stagecoach (1966)
Nine Hours to Rama
The Lion (William Holden)
The Second Time Around
The Pleasure Seekers
In addition Rio Conchos is available in a 1.85 ratio
The following are available in 1.33 ratio:-
Esther and the King
The Adventures of Hajji Baba
The Big Gamble --all three are official Fox releases with good quality transfers.
In addition Harry Black and the Tiger is available in both Spain and the U.K. in 2.35.
Smiley (Colin Petersen)is being released in September, but in 1.33.
Smiley Gets a Gun is an Australian release ,also in 1.33.
Intent to Kill is being released in the U.K.shortly, the disributor is trying to get a 2.35 negative from Fox.
Also Desiree (Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons) is a German release in 2.55.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For: Fraulein(1958)
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2012

Warning: CinemaScope Widescreen altered to 1:33 (Full Screen)

5 Stars - for the movie.
1 Star - for butchering this great movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable how low MOD has sunk July 6, 2012
Format:DVD
The only thing that differentiates this print from something you'd find on the Fox Movie Channel is the absence of the station logo on the bottom of the screen every thirty minutes.

What on earth are these distributors thinking? On half of these new Fox MOD issues, the initial drum roll of the Fox logo is snipped, so you come in at the middle of it.

The studio that virtually INVENTED widescreen (remember Fox Grandeur?) is distributing films in P&S... Horrifying.

And, as is the case with all MOD releases, the cover art is from hunger.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! This DVD is 4:3 pan and scan! July 11, 2012
By ShowsOn
Format:DVD
While it is great that Fox has started a Manufacture On Demand program in order to release old 20th Century-Fox films on DVD, some of them like this one are 4:3 pan and scan transfers of what were originally CinemaScope widescreen films.

With only a handful of exceptions, 20th Century Fox made all their films in CinemaScope or other widescreen formats (e.g. Todd-AO) between 1954 and 1966. Sadly Fox doesn't even own widescreen video masters for all their CinemaScope films. While companies, like Warner Archive, have avoided releasing pan and scan transfers of their widescreen films on their M.O.D. programs, it seems that Fox has decided that they will release 4:3 pan and scan transfers. This DVD of Fraulein is one of them.

I strongly encourage everyone to boycott any pan and scan titles in Fox's M.O.D. program in order to encourage them to do new widescreen transfers of these films.

It also seems that Fox will be releasing some titles as 4:3 letterboxed transfers when they don't have an anamorphic (16:9 enhanced) video masters. While this is unfortunate and should result as a reduced sale price, it isn't as bad as what Fox has done with Fraulein by selling a pan and scan version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this movie it is a subject matter many will dislike, but I do. I have been looking for this movie for a long time. Thank you
Published 20 days ago by tlgq
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story with a Forgotten Historical Background
Fraulein is a nostalgic film to me because I first saw it in a theater as a boy. My family has German-American roots going back to the mid-19th century. Read more
Published 28 days ago by James O Callaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars A good time filler for a quiet Sat. night.
Entertaining and a feel good, nice movie but not an edge of the seat adventure action movie. The end was typically predictable.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars I finally found it
I remember seeing this movie quite a few years ago, but couldn't remember the name of the it. I recalled the actors, Dana Wynter and Mel Ferrar, did a search on Amazon and voila! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good "Old" Movie
I've been looking for this movie for years. One of my all time favorites when I was a lot younger. Glad they finally pulled it out of someone's vault.
Published 11 months ago by rmb
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, so it's an old movie but ...
The best thing in this film was, for me, Theodore Bikel playing a Russian officer and singing to the German woman he was infatuated with. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jacqueline
1.0 out of 5 stars FOX DVD-R OF FIFTIES CINEMASCOPE PRODUCT.
Today I received my first group of FOX DVDR's and was, like other Reviewers, shocked at the abysmal quality of INTENT TO KILL and FRAULEIN. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eric R. Glasby
5.0 out of 5 stars fraulein
Why is this movie presented in pan and scan and not cinemascope the way it was filmed. this is the way it ws shown on tv. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dennis P. Cannon
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