- Actors: Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, Maria Schell, Blythe Danner, Trevor Howard
- Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
- Writers: E. Jack Neuman
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- VHS Release Date: September 15, 1993
- Run Time: 250 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 630291390X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Inside the Third Reich [VHS]
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Rutger Hauer does a commendable job of portraying Albert Speer, Hitler's chief architect and one of the very few Nazi operatives to successfully stand up to the Fuhrer. He provides an excellent vehicle for depicting the petty but often deadly jealosies that abounded within the Nazi inner circle, particularly well done as relates to Martin Bormann and Josef Goebbels.
Unfortunately, the film attempts to all but whitewash Speer who, although not a major player in many of the Reich's more notorious excesses, was nonetheless directly involved, far more than revisionist historians wish to have believed.
Be that as is may, the movie itself is excellent. The tone is somber and studious, taking a near documentary approach in many of its historical depictions. Care is taken to allow many of the peripheral characters to develop into fully involved human beings whom the viewer can identify with, rather than mere statistics. Strangely, however, this careful approach does not extent to the major Nazi figures, particularly Himmler and Bormann, who come off as near caricatures rather than people.
The story follows historical reality quite closely, achieving a conclusion that is both unsettling and emotionally confused, a remarkably accurate portrayal of the state of the German people at the conclusion of hostilities.Read more ›
No question, this miniseries comes from the early-1980's and is limited by special effects and budget available at the time. By comparison, "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," from 2003, is as good if not better. Still, if one pays attention to the main story and the performances given by the many featured actors, "Inside the Third Reich" is worth anyone's time.
The cast is a star-studded one. Rutger Hauer plays Albert Speer and John Gielgud plays his father. Derek Jacobi is Adolph Hitler and Blythe Danner plays Speer's wife, Marguerite. Among other notable actors are Randy Quaid, Robert Vaughn, Maria Schell, Viveca Lindfors, Stephen Collins, Ian Holm, and Elke Sommer. There are others, too. In a TV miniseries, we'll probably never see their like again.
There are several memorable scenes in this show, but the one that strikes me most occurs about 25 minutes from the start. It's where Hitler addresses a university audience in Germany during the early-1930's. Included in the audience is the story's hero, Albert Speer. (Speer would later become Hitler's architect and chief armaments minister). Hitler tells of pawnbrokers taking money from elderly Germans, "so they can eat one more day." He brings the house down several times with his remarks: "Yes, I do over-use that word [unshakeable]. No more pawnbrokers! I need your help!" Even the skeptical Speer is seen rising with the crowd as if captured by an invisible force.
For me, the performance of Derek Jacobi is absolutely riveting.Read more ›
This is very watchable historical drama. I hope it is soon available on DVD.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FIND THIS VHS TAPE ON A DVD, ITS ABOUT TIME, SUCH AN EXCELLENT MOVIE
Most Recent Customer Reviews
-hanged, if for no other reason than to spare us this drivel.
I first read Speer’s Inside the Third Reich autobiography when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. Read more
Hard to imagine this is not based on a book of fiction. It is also hard to watch without cringing. Important history, even though it's a made-for-TV miniseries.Published 10 months ago by rad
Why no DVD? This is an excellent video but, because it is told from the unusual and very biased viewpoint of Albert Speer himself, Inside The Third Reich has the disturbing... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. R. Porta
Another good WWII mini series if you can get the version that is in (SP) mode. Still don't understand why this movie is not in DVD?Published 11 months ago by M. Nagle
STEPHEN COLLINS is very versatile as the young, hopeful Nazi soldier caught up in the excitement of the 3rd Reich. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Lou Tringali
this was a hard to find video of a mini series that was made for TV. The video was in good shape and played perfect. would use the seller again, no issues therePublished 20 months ago by britain22
what seems to be the problem? why isn't this on dvd by now? I will continue to hold my vhs copies until that time.Published 20 months ago by Andie
Video worked just fine. Old video but still no problems. It's hard to imagine the difference between vas and dvd until you watch an old movie. Thank you.Published 20 months ago by James D. Lame