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Stalingrad [Blu-ray] (2014)

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IVLR9LI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. In Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a Redbox rental May 19, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Well, for $ 1.28, I suppose I can't complain that much, but I was rather disappointed, in this film. While the special effects were much superior to the 1993 German production of the same title, the earlier film is much better , with a much more compelling story, and lacking the silly romantic side story of this version.
Ironically, the seemingly ubiquitous Thomas Kretschmann was also in the 1993 version, yet, after 20 years, he's still only a hauptmann! I thought promotion was quicker in wartime?
A Russian production, the movie concentrates primarily on a Russian reconnaisance team facing long odds in the defense of a buliding blocking the German's route to the Volga, and possible final victory in this horrific battle.
The Russian's are given some fleshing out of their characters, but are still somewhat stereotypical types, but not as bad as the Germans, save, perhaps Kretschmann's somewhat conflicted portrayal. His CO, a far too long in the tooth oberstleutnant, is a caricature of the German officer we have seen in so many movies. The killing of Russian civilians, graphically portrayed, was really unecessary, and all too stereotypical.
The scene where the Russians attack through burning gasoline is compelling, but the final German assault, with tanks lined up together like an old cavalry charge, is militarily and historically absurd.
To sum up, it's a film worth watching for anyone with a casual interest in this battle,as long as high expectations are not present.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful movie January 14, 2014
Format:DVD
First, I have seen it in an IMAX cinema which is well worth to do even only for the stunning effect of the Stalingrad surrounding you as sure as hell.

If not, watching it at home is still the second best.

Warning: I have made an effort to make a no-spoilers review but still it contains some hints about the plot, etc.

Pros: a very good actors' work; a true no-sugar but very human portrait of Russian soldiers; a sharp contrast between a gentle 18-year girl and ash and fire around her; the state of the art visual effects; attention to every detail of the Stalingrad's reality, from uniforms to military training of the actors (they move like soldiers and use weapons like soldiers), from weapons to spoons (note: the tanks, of course, are not real German tanks so as it is the case with any WWII movie, the history maniacs are certainly going to "notice" this); a majority of the battle scenes is gripping and very realistic (and is based on the real events - including, I must notice, an attack of the burning Russian soldiers at the beginning of the movie).

Cons: the characters of the main heroes are not detailed (which, however, is the director's intentional choice); a love story of a German officer is something plugged in to show "the other side of the battle"; the German officer himself should have been separated into several people since otherwise he seems to be everywhere; SOME of the battle scenes (like killing a woman) lack, I would say, military (logical?) background.
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German soldiers have not been demonized . January 20, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was impressed about the humanity portrait in this film.
Soldiers put to the utmost stress as human beings , portrait a wide range of reactions, that viewers will seldom see in combat movies. And that for both sides : Wehrmacht vs Soviet Army.
The German soldiers are being experienced as individuals, struggling with the racial doctrine with whom they have been brainwashed. The Directors idea of casting professional German actors, playing German officers, really pays off.
The special effects and combat scenes enhanced by CGI are breath taking and awesome.
Message of the film:
Every individual is loosing in War. There is only hardship and tragedy.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but? April 16, 2014
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The Battle for Stalingrad evokes hundreds of thousands of compelling stories, and this movie started with an intriuging idea: the man with many fathers, all Russian soldiers of various backgrounds, personalities, and skills experiencing the horrors of the battle. But the portrayal of the romance between Nazi and the Russian woman was in a word, stupid. The Nazi held all the interest of well, a blood thirsty Nazi. The woman's approach to acting is apparently limited to a zombie, with an almost irritating abundance of blank stares at the camera. Since this strangely portrayed romance consumed a good deal of the movie, it unfortunately detracted greatly from an otherwise noble effort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kogotok uvyaz — vsey ptichke propast. June 5, 2014
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Or "If the claw is stuck, the whole bird is lost."

So there's a river, a ruined city, with Nazis and Russians fighting in the rubble, which means it's Stalingrad. I guess. There's also a rather disjointed plot, a couple unnecessary love-interests, lots of CGI and "300" style stop-motion battle scenes. Dramatized history for the current generation? Nah, this is a comic-book. Stalingrad was one of the greatest battles in WW2. It turned the tide on the eastern front. This is like watching a cow get turned into bouillon cubes. Makes 'Enemy at the Gates' look excellent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Your time would be better spent watching paint dry...
I bought this movie to keep my Russian in good shape, and for that it was fine. For entertainment purposes go elsewhere. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Muddles storyline-GREAT tank visuals and combat scenarios
Great tank visuals, muddy storyline with elements of romance comingled with bloodshed. /shrug.
Published 6 days ago by Stephen G. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story about WW2 battle for Stalingrad
Published 7 days ago by Linda R.N.
3.0 out of 5 stars There were some love affairs, etc
With the scope of a big battle, it's impossible to cover all angles. War movies usually end up portraying the story of a platoon or small unit, and this one is no different. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jonathan Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but German version is still the definitive Stalingrad
The German Stalingrad from a decade or so (can't remember how long it's been) is better but this is a good Russian perspective...and it goes well with Enemy at the Gates. Read more
Published 9 days ago by S. Szabo
4.0 out of 5 stars Da, Stalingrad
Excellent battle scenes although the beginning is a bit confusing. Sub-titles came fast and furious and you can miss what is being said. Read more
Published 10 days ago by R. Wertz
3.0 out of 5 stars Watched the movie because I am a big fan of ...
Watched the movie because I am a big fan of Thomas Kretschman. I am reading WW11 books and it is interesting to read or see other stories besides US
Published 12 days ago by Joan Dotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 12 days ago by David Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a great movie, but its interesting.
Published 12 days ago by bruce cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a thoughtful view
A bloody account of one of modern humanity's most grueling and cruel pastimes - free market warfare (meaning all regulations are ignored and all non-combants near the combat zone... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Christopher M. Howard
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Stalingrad - How is the English dub? Is it 5.1, 7.1?
English dub is good 5.1, movie is a 1.5, I didn't know soviet soldiers could run a football field engulfed in flames and still be an effective fighting force, sarcasm, it reminiscent of a Stalinist era propaganda film, and please it starts with the benevolent Russians assisting the Japanese after... Read More
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