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Werner Herzog (Dark Glow of the Mountains / Ballad of the Little Soldier / Precautions Against Fanatics)

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  • Actors: Reinhold Messner
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GCEO26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sometimer on September 6, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i saw gasherbrum at the cinema during a herzog doc film fest at anthology film archives in NYC circa 2000. it blew my head (it was great). i saw it several times there on the big screen. somehow i lucked out and found a copy of the above DVD for a lot less then the today's going price. BUT, as was the case with a vhs version of "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck" i'd found, instead of herzog narrating with english subtitles in yellow at the bottom of the screen, you get some complete "gee whiz boy howdy" 50's era american narration/overdub that completely ruins everything. can't believe WH didn't notice this or care but it's a disaster. MAYBE if you hadn't seen it before it might hold your interest a little. i doubt it. come on, werner, your docs are your best work by far. why aren' they available as they appeared on celluloid? tragic.
i can't speak to the other two docs on this DVD. haven't watched them yet. but if it's the same "duck and cover, kids!" narrator forget it.

New Yorker Films is CRAP.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By W. Cortez on April 19, 2010
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What a blessing to have all shorts and documentaries together! Includes the best Herzog documentaries, most of which were long out of print or never released before in the US. I have heard there is actually a better collection with 30 films instead of 24 (which subsumes this one), but I have not seen it and seems to be a very limited edition. This is monumental anyways.

Amazon did not include the "table of contents" so let me copy the great review by DVDtalk, authored by Chris Neilson, posted on August 28, 2008

Werner Herzog - Documentaries and Shorts is as personal as it is comprehensive. Released by Werner Herzog Films, the six-disc box set includes nearly all of Herzog's documentaries and shorts completed during the first thirty-one years of his career, from his first experimental short Herakles in 1962, to his 1993 documentary about faith and superstition in Russian, Bells from the Deep. Rounding out the set is Herzog's 1999 documentary Wings of Hope.

The distinction between documentary and fiction often feels arbitrary, but rarely more so than when applied to the films of Werner Herzog. His documentaries are frequently no less staged than his fictions. For example, the surrealistic Fata Morgana and Lessons of Darkness are influenced deeply by Herzog's wonder at what extra-terrestrials would make of mankind and its environment. Herzog's loathing of cinéma vérité as an overly simplistic method is apparent in his documentary works which are anything but objectively-direct, unmediated reality.

Herzog's obsessiveness on display in Erwin Keusch and Christian Weisenborn's Herzog biography I Am My Films (1978) is frequently evidenced in his documentaries.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eternaut on January 17, 2012
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To me, this is the most Herzogian set of documentaries ... and I am including the superb Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
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