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All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics) (1930)

Lew Ayres , Louis Wolheim , Lewis Milestone  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Restored, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGJ0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    If a classic movie can be measured by the number of indelible images it burns into the collective imagination, then All Quiet on the Western Front's status is undisputed. Since its release in 1930 (and Oscar win for best picture), this film's saga of German boys avidly signing up for World War I battle--and then learning the truth of war--has been acclaimed for its intensity, artistry, and grown-up approach. Director Lewis Milestone's technical expertise is already stunning in the great opening sequence, as a professor exhorts his students to volunteer for the glory of the Fatherland while troops march past the windows. Erich Maria Remarque's novel is faithfully followed, but Milestone's superbly composed frames make it physical: the first battle scene, with the camera prowling the trenches as they fill with death and chaos, was surely the Saving Private Ryan of its day. The cast is strong, with little-known Lew Ayres finding stardom in the lead (Ayres became a pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II; although he served in battle as a medic, the stance harmed his career). And the images are indelible: Ayres' lonely look back at the disappearing troop truck; the blinded soldier who runs into enemy fire at night; the fine pair of boots wasted on a boy with an amputated leg; and the final, devastating seconds, arguably the defining cinematic image of war in the 20th century. --Robert Horton

    Product Description

    Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made - All Quiet on the Western Front. Universal's first Best Picture Academy Award winner is now available in its original glory with a digitally remastered picture restored by the Library of Congress. Follow 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! " ****! Time hasn't dimmed its power, or poignancy, one bit." (Leonard Maltin)

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    94 of 99 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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    97 of 105 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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    99 of 108 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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and welcome
    Exactly as I expect and very quickly arrived. Thank you. This was needed for a high school class I was teaching, and I hadn't anticipated how soon I would have to have it, so... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Kenneth Willard
    5.0 out of 5 stars THERE HAVE BEEEN BETTER ANTI WAR FILMS
    There have been far better antiwar films since film was made but for its time it was ,and still is a masterpiece..The remake for Tv was a disaster to end all disasters. Read more
    Published 26 days ago by Peter Fraser
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    I was curious about this film, wanting to compare it to the one with Richard Thomas. Considering when this was made it was well worth my time to watch this movie I found it to very... Read more
    Published 28 days ago by David
    4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    Moving rendition of an already moving novel. Powerful film about the horrors of war, made all the poignant by the fact that WWI ultimately was the curtain raiser on WW2.
    Published 3 months ago by Filmer
    5.0 out of 5 stars A real Classic
    I have watched this many times in the past. A great classic movie. Updated my collection with a blu-ray version.
    Published 3 months ago by Michael Woodworth
    5.0 out of 5 stars "All Quiet on the Western Front"
    One of the best movie versions of this book. One can argue the merits of the "War to end all Wars", but the human cost is shown in all it's glory. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Exduper
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie adaptation of the book
    Fantastic movie (and book) about propaganda, nationalism, and the inevitable truth that war is not glamorous at all. I've read this book and seen the movie multiple times.
    Published 5 months ago by Justin Greene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not a US propaganda war film.
    To anyone who viewed "All Quiet" 60 years ago, forty years ago or even 20 years ago and thought they were seeing a reasonably good movie, they need to view this recently... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by James A Taub
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classic anti-war films
    Very bold and innovative for its day, historians consider All Quiet on the Western Front as inspiration for many films that followed.
    Published 6 months ago by D. Curl
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films ever
    An incredible interpretation of a 20th century classic novel. Made only 12 years after the most destructive war known up to that tine,
    the realism and authenticity, is... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Mark J. Falco
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