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Stalingrad (2003)

Albrecht Appelt , Lidia Arazkaja , Sebastian Dehnhardt , Christian Deick  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Albrecht Appelt, Lidia Arazkaja, Richard Bäuerle, Hermann Behet, Winrich Behr
  • Directors: Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick, Jorg Mullner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stalingrad" on IMDb

Special Features

  • English language dubbed version features footage not seen in original broadcast
  • "Recollections" - Deleted interview segments
  • Video interview with professor and historian Dr. Guido Knopp
  • "Stalingrad Today" - Views of the city of Volgograd

Editorial Reviews


The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of war on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler. It carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians and marked the turning point of World War 11. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. In their 3 part 16:9 HDTV, documentary filmmakers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jorg Mullner reveal new historical facts while touching the emotions of their audience with new, moving eyewitness accounts and confessions from some of the last survivors.

Filmed from both the German and Russian perspective, the series contains footage shot by soldiers during the siege. The Russian achives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting them exclusive access to previously unreleased material. The series also contains digitally restored archive film as well as 3-D animation to recreate the city of Stalingrad and plot the course of its destruction.

Originally broadcast in both Germany and Russia in slightly truncated editions, this Special Edition DVD contains all three Stalingrad documentaries including The ATTACK (54 min.), THE KESSEL (56 min.) and THE DOOM (55 min.) in their original uncut forms and a wealth of extra supplementary materials.

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
This is a fine 3-part documentary (3-hours long) on the Battle of Stalingrad. It is a German/Russian co-production made in 2003 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the battle that turned the tide of the war. It is a remarkable collaborative effort between the two former belligerents, with unprecedented access to their joint historical archives, both in terms of film footage and documentary records. The progress of the battle is told through the recollections of surviving veterans from both sides, as well as poignant letters home from those who perished. Alongside the better known footage from the German archives, there are rarer clips from the Russian vaults, of life in the city before, during and after the battle, and propaganda films of German POWs in Soviet concentration camps. From the NKVD (KGB/FSB) archives, we learn how, contrary to long accepted historical accounts, Field Marshall Paulus' surrender did not bring the battle to a close - over 10,000 German troops chose to fight on amidst the rubble, holding out against superior Soviet forces for another 2 months before finally being defeated. In all, over a quarter-million German soldiers (the mighty 6th Army) died at Stalingrad. The Russians suffered over half a million casualties.

The documentary is far from exhaustive. Only cursory mention is made of the Romanian, Hungarian, and Italian Armies (over half a million men) that took part in the assault and perished alongside the Germans. But on the whole, it is a balanced, moving and admirable account of a battle that has for too long, remained untold in the west. Its value lies not so much in the battle-footage unearthed but more in preserving the first-hand testimony of the last remaining survivors of this decisive moment in history.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine film ruined by voice-overs on this DVD. July 2, 2006
A solid documentary with interesting new footage and invaluable testimony from participants in the battle and related events is ruined by loud voice-overs by poor actors. Both the narration and the voice-overs of interviewees are mediocre at best. If you are averse to dubbing of fictional films, you will understand that overdubbing of non-fictional work is particularly onerous. Clearly a decision was made to create a version that would be accessible to those averse to reading subtitles. But in the age of DVD it is fairly absurd not to include the original version of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond 5 Stars June 3, 2006
By DrBig
This doc does for Stalingrad what Ken Burns "Civil War" did to the ACW. Outstanding archival film research resulted in never before seen footage of Operation Blue & Stalingrad (especially life in the Kessel). 99% of the footage is genuine late 1942 vintage, and quite a bit in color. This is a MUST-SEE on HDTV. The doc also reveals a stunning secret regarding the Kessel, but I won't spoil it for you. I have $3K in English, Russian & German Stalingrad books/video, and I would buy this one again if I had the choice. You can't possibly regret this.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary June 12, 2006
By J. Buck
I saw this about 3 years ago when it was playing in a very limited release in NY city, this documentary was unbelievable, extremely moving and the best documentary ever made on Stalingrad. Told throughout by interviews with the people who were there (or sometimes the wife they left behind)it is so enlightening, even to someone like myself who has seen everything on the battle including even visiting Stalingrad(Volgograd) in 1998. I had been trying to find out how I could purchase this documentary in the three years since I saw it , to no avail, to see it finally on Amazon is great,I am ordering it today. Worth every penny!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad DVD December 4, 2007
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An interesting DVD perhaps a bit light on historical fact and detail but providing a good "layman's" overview of the battle with excellent footage. The interviews with the Russian and German veterans were very good but good have been improved by naming them and placing them in their historical context. Subtitles would have been better than dubbing for the interviews. Overall, worth watching for the footage and overview it provides
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best war films ever? November 19, 2010
This film has been around a long time now. I first saw it in the cinema in London, and was totally blown away by it. I then bought it on VHS, finding to my horror, that it had been dubbed! Do not watch a dubbed version of this film! It is available cheaply on DVD, and it must be remembered that this was well before the days of 'Saving Private Ryan', or 'Blackhawk Down'. Possibly the finest portrayal of close combat and street fighting ever committed to film, this German production pulls no punches, and asks for no sympathy for the German aggressors. Films such as 'Enemy at the Gates' simply do not compare. It is a must buy for any collector of war films, or anyone interested in the brutal campaign to take Stalingrad. Completely authentic, posing little or no moral issues, it is a classic modern war film that stands out from the crowd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Important Film - Forget About the VO! Jeez! January 21, 2013
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I am quite knowledgeable about the Battle of Stalingrad and the Great Patriotic War in general, so when I came across this documentary, which was a fairly recent, modern production with both German and Russian participation, I was naturally very excited. I have even travelled to Volgograd and toured many of the important landmarks from the battle, so I have spent a bit of time reading the books and watching many of the films made about the battle. I have also read many of the negative reviews written here about this documentary and I have to say that these people must have a real problem keeping things in relative perspective. The lack of subtitles is annoying. The single male voice over artist reading for all of the male witnesses - both Soviet and German - as well as the documentary's story narration is not ideal, but come on... There is no better collection of witnesses, soldiers from both countries, who were there present during this epic battle, anywhere else gathered together in one work. And as far as historical significance goes there is nothing more important than eyewitness and participant testimony. This is an amazing treasure to have here preserved these testimonies. Hugely important. Nothing is as rich as these human tales told by the people themselves. No book, no slick Hollywood feature, nothing outweighs the value of these stories told by those who were there. And by the way, the translation of these testimonies and the read and inflection given by the narrator is very accurate. Would I have liked a few more male VO artists? Sure, I would. Additional female VO artists too? Ditto. Would I like the option of subtitles. Absolutely. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad--the miniseries: excellent portrayal of world war 2's...
This is an excellent documentary made by Germans telling the story of the pivot point of World War 2 in a broad perspective, although some personal stories are included. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Al E. G8r
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at stalingrad
Great documentary about the battle of a city horrible what the Germans did and it was terrible what that criminal hitler let happen to his troops let them there to be destroyed he... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael manz
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough & Insightful review of what really happened at Stalingrad
This documentary covers all 3 phases of this terrible & epic situation. It's a clear, objective and well-narrated documentary. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JeremyC
5.0 out of 5 stars stalingrad
I enjoyed this movie. I have seen many Stalingrad movies this one is not bad. I don't know how many movies you can make about one battle. this seems to be the one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by m ziemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad
Excellent movie. Makes one almost shiver watching it as the 6th Army struggles to survive the Russian winter as well as the eventual onslaught. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad
Excellent Documentary. At the time was thinking of the other Stalingard about the 4 soldiers. Found out later that the moveie was around 80 dollars. Glad I didnt get it
Published on March 26, 2011 by billt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
This is a great documentary and I would highly suggest it to anyone who is interested in Stalingrad, the Eastern Front battles, or really any of the battles from the war. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by VinMark
1.0 out of 5 stars pointless documentary
I mistakenly purchased this due to the similarity with the cover and STALINGRAD - DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER. Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by sci-fi fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and intense...
I am a histroy buff, and I thought this was a great movie. Very intense, very good quality production, war is indeed hell....
Published on February 14, 2010 by George Hammerlein
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been better
The overall view presented was well documented by archival footage from both sides, as well as eyewitness accounts of what happened. My major complaint is with the narration. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Ronald E. Matuska
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