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All Quiet on the Western Front (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (1930)

Lew Ayres , Louis Wolheim , Lewis Milestone  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, Ben Alexander
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Writers: George Abbott, Maxwell Anderson, Del Andrews
  • Producers: Jr. Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 30, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006FE83T0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored from High Resolution 35MM Original Film Elements to Get the Most from Your HDTV Digital Copy of All Quiet on the Western Front (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.) Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne Rarely Seen Silent Version of All Quiet on the Western Front 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics 100 Years of Universal: Academy Award® Winners Theatrical Trailer BD-Live – Internet-connected features My Scenes – Bookmark your favorite scenes Pocket BLU App – App for smartphones and tablets. Take content on the go! D-BOX

Editorial Reviews

Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made,  All Quiet on the Western Front, featuring a new restoration from the original film elements to showcase stunning picture and sound in celebration of Universal‘s 100th Anniversary.  The studio’s first Best Picture Academy Award winner follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. The hard-hitting, timeless masterpiece returns with stunning visual enhancement to its deserving place in film history.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional DVD treatment of a classic February 10, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
All Quiet on the Western Front has finally gotten the DVD that it deserves. After languishing for years in a stopgap DVD release that was difficult to hear and had terrible picture quality, this classic anti-war film has been restored by the Library of Congress and digitally remastered. The results are fantastic.

Note: This review refers to the new Universal Cinema Classics release (black case with close-up of Lew Ayres), not some of the older releases (bluish monochrome case with a German helmet) which Amazon has seen fit to post this review on.

Picture: Huge improvement. The previous release was dull, low-resolution, sometimes blurry, and reproduced lots and lots of distracting scratches and dirt from old reels. Now the picture is crisp, very sharp, and as clean as it has ever been.

Sound: Another huge improvement. The 1930-vintage sound effects are still rather clunky and the dialogue is hard to understand once or twice, but overall the restoration is a phenomenal improvement. Very good.

There are no special features to speak of, although the DVD does include a later, probably 1940s-era trailer and an introduction from Turner Classic Movies' resident film historian Robert Osborne. The restoration of the sound and image are the big selling points, here.

The only negative thing I have to say is pretty trivial--there is no chapter menu. This is only a minor concern, though, and in no way detracts from the quality of the DVD or the film itself. If you've been waiting for a good release of All Quiet on the Western Front or have never seen it, this is the DVD and now is the time.

Highly recommended.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first war movies is still one of the best February 22, 2006
Format:DVD
This reviewer give this move 5 stars. It is actually 10 out of 10.

Some people will say the movie's black and white color is distracting. This the Great War we are watching. Only the paintings were color. Color photography was not invented yet. So it actually enhances the feel of the movie.

This movie is a great. It completely captures what trench warfare was like. It was a muddy, miserable life with rats and little food. Somebody was always shooting at you. That is trench warfare.

The basic plot is about a school student, Paul, who is convinced by his school teacher to join and fight with the army in 1915. The class enlists in mass, goes through training together, and then march off to fight at the Western front.

The movie is like chapters in a book. Most Americans don't understand what old Germany was like. Old Germany was a land of Christian values. The Kaiser (translation: the emperor) was seen as a direct official working under God's blessing. The family of Germany was the center of society. All students were good in school or properly learned their jobs. They obeyed their parents and the Church. Old Germany was quite highly though of in pre-WWI America.

The fact that Paul was in high school (gymnasium) proves he was an exceptional student. In Germany the poorly performing students are sent to trade school. Paul's being in gymnasium proves he is one of the more intellectually advanced students.

Yes, this movie is shot in America. However, the sets look like they were made in old Europe. There are cobblestone roads, the signs are in German, the writing on the chalk board is in old German script, and the soldiers sing German folk tunes. The movie is like a time machine to another age.
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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Silence October 12, 2003
Format:DVD
Winner of the 1930 Oscars for Best Picture and Director, "All Quiet on the Western Front" remains a stunning and timely film. Based on Erich Maria Remarque's classic anti-war novel, the movie follows a group of patriotic German schoolboys as they are urged to enlist in World War I, and shows how their initially idealistic spirits are forever changed by the brutal reality of death and dismemberment, suffering and sorrow. Beautifully acted by its entire cast (with special kudos going to Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, and Slim Summerville), the film also features some incredible special visual effects (those two detached hands clinging to the barbed wire fence never fail to shock) and some meticulously staged battle scenes that manage to put the viewer into the heart of the action. Arthur Edeson's cinematography is often truly astonishing in its artistry; his visual choices are impeccable. Worth a special note is the film's soundtrack; how incredible the terrible sounds of exploding ammunition must have seemed to audiences in 1930, who had first heard Al Jolson speak in 1927's part-talkie, "The Jazz Singer"! The very last sound effect in the film, which abruptly and startlingly leads to the close of the movie, is superbly executed and remains an innovative use of sound technology.

The Universal DVD release of this film features a great sound transfer: on my six-speaker system, the rumbling explosions, staccato machine guns, and whizzing bullets sounded remarkably nearby. Sadly, the visual transfer was sorely lacking; the source was plagued by jumps, scratches, lines, and breaks throughout the film, and the contrast was sometimes out-of-balance. This cinematic masterpiece demands and deserves to be fully restored, and then remastered and rereleased on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great movie and well done
This is probably the definitive anti-war movie prior to the 1960s. It's a great movie and well done. The message, though, is unmistakable. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tom Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie and book ever
Show your children this! Best movie and book ever made
Published 2 days ago by Hans
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Will watch the later version to compare.
Published 4 days ago by Dolores Zafuto
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the time ran out before I could watch it
Published 11 days ago by doris kurz
2.0 out of 5 stars My bad for not doing research on the movie
The movie is not what I expected it to be. Nevertheless, I viewed it out of curiosity. My bad for not doing research
on the movie.
Published 12 days ago by Leon Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars All Quiet on the Western Front
This was supposed to be a re-mastered and visually cleaned up issue but the picture quality is no different than the VHS version I have had for years. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Joe T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Classics!
The old movies are always classic! They do not explain the entire plot, but give you room to think through what is happening. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Melody Sheppard
3.0 out of 5 stars It is hard to rate a classic movie like this on one dimension
It is hard to rate a classic movie like this on one dimension. Technically, the restoration and transmission were excellent. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Person
5.0 out of 5 stars ... 1930 movie All Quite on the Western Front is excellent, as is the...
The 1930 movie All Quite on the Western Front is excellent, as is the book that is based on; it is one of the best novel adaptations that I have seen.
Published 23 days ago by George Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
For an anti war movie it was ok. Followed the book to most extent.
Published 23 days ago by John F. Negri
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