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Munich (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Eric Bana , Geoffrey Rush , Steven Spielberg  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel, Colin Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F1IQN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes - and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Hailed as "tremendously exciting" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Steven Spielberg's explosive suspense thriller garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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    89 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 'Home is all that matters' May 11, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Attempting to understand what drives people to kill other people for any reason is, in the pit of the soul, a challenging enigma. Whether that 'reason' is war between countries at odds, protecting one's self when endangered, revenge or vengeance for deeds perpetrated by 'the other', for panic in the moment of survival - each of these feels wrong despite the fundamental belief to the contrary at the moment of killing. MUNICH is about killing, about vengeance, about protection of 'home', about existence in a world so bifurcated by age-old schisms, and about us. And while absorbing all of the 2 1/2 hour plus visual and philosophical information put forth in this epic film, the viewer is so paralyzed by the story that blinking for a second seems irreverent.

    The tragedy of the 1972 Olympics - the brutal kidnapping and murder of eleven Israeli athletes by masked Arab/Palestinian marauders - is brought to the screen with brave and gutsy realism by a brilliant script by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth based on George Jonas' book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, directed with straightforward, no-nonsense sensitivity to all participants by Steven Spielberg, and brought to life by a cast that simply could not be finer. From the opening of the film sans credits with the Black September act of breaking into the Olympic games in Munich, the film moves swiftly through the formation of an anti-terrorist league of Israeli assassins whose job it is to hunt down the killers and murder them, to the final painfully unsettled end. This is all under the instruction and guidance of Golda Meir (brilliantly played by Lynn Cohen) and her advisors.
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    53 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ORDINARY PEOPLE IN A GRINDER OF HISTORY April 28, 2006
    Format:DVD
    What could you expect from a two and a half-hour picture based on actual events and telling about Israeli government avenging their olympic team members killed by palestinian terrorists during Munich Olympic Games of 1972? Well, not a breathtaking, action-packed thriller, that's for sure. I thought it would be long, boring, didactic and over the top pompous. Even the presence of Steven Spielberg's name in the credits couldn't inspire me. Now I'm glad I was wrong on all counts. Yes, it was long, but of that kind when you wish a film had never ended. It's neither boring nor didactic nor pretentious.

    Young Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) is given a task to eliminate the members of "Black September" terrorist organization with the help of a group of fellow agents. And that's what they do during two hours and a half of the screen time - locating and killing Palestinian terrorists one by one. "Munich" could become one of the many political thrillers about confrontation of different countries' intelligence services. It could raise some serious questions of historical importance and be overly-political. But Spielberg did an amazing thing with this global story - he transferred it to the personal level. So this story turned out to be not about countries, governments and intelligence services but about ordinary men. A country's vengeance was laid upon one man's shoulders, and that's how we see it - through his eyes. Along with him we will question the righteousness of his task, we will doubt, we'll see how a revenge appears to be ineffective and reasonless (as it always happens) especially if it's a revenge in a global scale: terrorism is like hydra - you cut one head off and two more emerge in it's place.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Epic August 14, 2007
    Format:DVD
    This is the greatest movie I have ever seen(good will hunting close 2nd). I knew about the events that transpired in munich 1972, my mother would occassionally bring it up as I was growing up. Nothing in this world has made and brought me closer to Israel and being proud to be a jew than this movie. The love for there country and to take a mission like this, basically to give up their lives or the only lives they knew for the protection and future of there country. Others may not grasp the concept that Israel is the only Jewish Country in the World, There are numerous Christian and Islamic countries. Theconflict alone of this movie made it great, it was much more complex in the character development and plot, and the rest of the story made it incredible. Should have clearly been the academy award winner for best picture over Crash at the 2006 academy awards. I don't really like to write movie reviews, but every so often a movie comes around like this that it's too great not to be mentioned. This review will be listed under my mothers name, I am her son, Michaol Lucka writing this review
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Gaze Long into the Abyss... January 28, 2006
    Steven Spielberg's latest film, "Munich", is among the most frustrating films I've ever seen: The frustration comes from its Schizophrenic nature - going back and forth from high competence to utter brilliance during the first two thirds, then to a rapid deterioration during the last part, ending with three quarters of an hour of the most unwatchable, torturous, movie experience in memory.

    During the break (and yes, we have breaks in movies in Israel - a cynical method of selling some more Popcorn), I turned to the friend I watched this film with and told him how much I enjoyed it. During the last quarter of an hour, we quietly debated whether we really have to sit through the experience.

    'Munich' is the tale of Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana), the leader of a top secret, quasi official Israeli assassination squad, sent to execute the men behind the Munich Olympic Game massacre of Israeli athletes. The film follows Avner and his team's attempts to 'target kill' the eleven men behind the plot.

    The problem as I see it, is that Spielberg creates an action film with a deep underlying reflection: Two themes run beneath the surface: one is that violence breeds violence; The circle of violence is not solved by killing the murderers, who will be swiftly replaced by other, equally if not more vicious killers. The second theme is that he who commits violence is effected by it. In Nietzsche's memorable phrase: "if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you".

    Unlike some critics, I do not think the movie ever really equates the Terrorists and Israeli assassins. But it does ponder about the price Civilization pays, as Golda Meir says it "negotiates with its values".
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Falls Into The "One Of The Best Movies I've Ever Seen"...
    Gripping. That describes it, in every way. The combination of the story itself, Steven Spielberg at the helm, and the totally amazing performances by an amazing cast puts this... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Holly
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Action Thriller Rather Than A Political Film
    Munich is a film that narrates the story of the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Black September terrorist group after the massacre during the 1972 Summer... Read more
    Published 22 days ago by DESERTMAN40
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great Movie!!!! Eric Bana is Excellent in this role!!!!
    Published 22 days ago by Patrick W. Feuerhardt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    excellent movie of a very sad day in history. This is very well done
    Published 28 days ago by Dave
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    New DVD.
    Published 1 month ago by Junior A. Yigzaw
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Amazing movie!
    Published 1 month ago by A Rod
    5.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
    a great dvd. A fine addition to anyones collection.
    Published 1 month ago by Alex mechanic
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A real eye opener
    Published 1 month ago by Fergy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good
    Published 1 month ago by Mark RoBards
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying
    This movie did not grab my attention and keep it. I had it playing while I was doing other things and only looked up three times. It should have been so much better. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Plug
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    This Version Is no good!
    an uncut version. What the hell are you talking about?
    Oct 5, 2006 by T. Hoffman |  See all 2 posts
    Confused about the ending
    I took it to mean that They were now in 2 different worlds. Avner could not or would not go back into Ephraims and Ephraim knew that he himself was in his world for life. And if he were to step out of it into a setting of love and warmth such as that of Avners home he might suddenly be besieged... Read More
    Feb 2, 2009 by Me |  See all 2 posts
    Will you Break Bread With me?... No.
    Well, there might have been some much deeper meaning, I'm not a film critic, however I think the point was that his case officer was not his friend or buddy. He wasn't an enemy of course, I don't mean this in some kind of sinister or evil way, just that his only concern was how best to serve... Read More
    Mar 8, 2007 by John |  See all 3 posts
    What happened to the 2-disc version?
    I guess it's like Cinderella Man and Jarhead, both Collector's Edition were fairly limited and I had to get my friend to buy it for me from BestBuy local shop, simply because I wasn't aware that they would run out so soon.

    Now that I know, I luckily pre-ordered Munich on Sunday morning (UK... Read More
    May 8, 2006 by BoBoi |  See all 14 posts
    Blu-ray?
    I'm not buying it until they do.
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