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The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Kirk Douglas , Richard Harris , Anthony Mann  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobbson, Michael Redgrave, Sebastian Breaks
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dragon Movies
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ287I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

During World War II , the Norwegians tried to produce "heavy" water; a vital component in the making of an atomic bomb. A weapon that would win the war for Germany. Norway's resistance movement finds out about this and the allies are alerted. But will they have the time and opportunity to stop this from happening?

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite MOvies Worst DVD I have March 13, 2007
You know Great cast, great movie But, I think if I had a good VHS copy I could do a better job transfering it to disk. Picture and sound quality are terrible. it looks like some went into a movie threater with a camera and microphone. really a disapointment. I think amazon should ban this distributor.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great film inferior quality. March 1, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
one of a number of superior war films. excellent cast,based on a true event.this film is let down by a very poor sound track [muffled] and poor picture quality. it appears to be taken directly from a vhs tape.i will be returning the dvd and wait until a reputable production company produces a quality product. i suggest you do the same.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT March 12, 2007
I viewed this movie when I was young when it first came out and was overjoyed to see it was available on DVD. I received it today and I am very, very, very diappointed. It was made in Malasia by the chinese I think, and it looks terrible, like a bad quality VHS. It was likely copied from something, and I am surprised Amazon would carry something like this. I will be sending it back!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes of Telemark February 11, 2011
HOLD ON FOLKS... this dvd above is to be released in April 2011.. it will NOT be the same poor quality of those before. Sony entertainment owns it now and it was shown in HD on the SMC (Sony movie channel) which I get and I am happy to say it looks much better. Amazon must have automatically inserted these reviews from the current offering which looks like a vhs digitized to dvd.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus takes on the Nazis in Norway May 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Based on a true story. Norwegian resistance fighters sabotage the Nazi German effort to produce heavy water for German atomic research during World War Two. Breathtaking snowy Norwegian locations serve as a beautiful backdrop for the plot. Kirk Douglas superbly plays the role of a Norwegian physics professor who, though originally content to wait out the war, is soon pulled heart and soul into the struggle. Though somewhat toned down from the book of the same name (The Germans were much nastier in the printed version), the spirit of the conflict is accurately portrayed without the superhuman fiction that is found in other war movies of the 1960's. As a bit of trivia, Kirk Douglas accepted a starring role in this movie as a favor to Director Anthony Mann. Anthony Mann was the original director for SPARTACUS before he was replaced by Stanley Kubrick.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie -bad DVD production quality June 27, 2007
I think I own over 1000 DVDs and this is the worst DVD I own.

This is a very interesting story from world war II. The movie tells of extreme heroism from all those involved in stopping the Germans from developing their nuclear capability. However, I can not recommend this DVD. The quality is soooo bad. The audio quality is so poor that they automatically put on english subtitles on the screen so you can decipher what the dialogue is.

I do not know who owns the rights to this movie, but it needs to be straighten out. Then hopefully a high quality DVD can be made properly and the story told without static and fuzzy image projection
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS AWFUL, MUTILATED COPY July 24, 2009
"Heroes of Telemark" is a very fine film, an exciting and informative war drama. Unfortunately, this copy has nothing to commend it to the buyer. It's a very inferior transfer, for one thing. For another, and most importantly, it's savagely mutilated. "Heroes" was originally filmed in widescreen (2.35:1). This copy has been cut to ribbons and offered to you at a lousy "full" screen of 1.33:1. Full screen, my aching arse. This is just an advertising ploy to dupe the consumer. The only FULL screen is the aspect of the original filming. The so-called "full" screen here gives you about 60% of the film. Do you really want to pay good money for a butchered copy of a horrid transfer? Only a sap volunteers to be fleeced. Don't be a sap.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Poor DVD. January 1, 2007
By Moko.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD because the movie, which I have seen on TV, is truly wonderful. However, upon receiving and playing the DVD, I found the sound track to be muddled and the dialogue hard to understand at times. The video reproduction is ok.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 hours ago by Willam L. Ewbank
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
When I first saw this film years ago, I loved it. But when I watched it again on DVD, I realized how badly everybody was acting especially Kirk Douglas! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Elianora Hovanessian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great War movie and the locations are stunning
I saw this movie quite a while ago and have been waiting for it to be released again. A Great War movie and the locations are stunning.
Published 17 days ago by Dutiful husband
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie and DVD plays very well for me.
Published 17 days ago by Paula Garlington
3.0 out of 5 stars another war drama to my collection...WRONG...
thought this movie was going to be lots of wartime action...but it turns out not very much...but will be watching this movie to try to understand this movie in its... Read more
Published 18 days ago by wetdreams47
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book, but not a bad movie.
I had seen it before and enjoyed it. I bought it for my DVD library to see again. The book on which it is based is exciting, and the movie is similar but Hollywoodized.
Published 21 days ago by TedT
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the great movies of yesteryear.
This is a wonderful movie of yesteryear,drama edge of seat action worth a look you could watch again and again.enjoyment plus ,have a look , take your snow shoes .jim y
Published 1 month ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch war drama based on a true story...
It has been said that one of the great ironies of history is that all the scientists who were working on atomic physics in the 1930s were Jewish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality
Ordered my copy in the spring of 2014. Watched it soon after, reproduction quality was good. Enjoyed the movie. Learned that Norway calls a Benadict Arnold (a traitor) a quisling.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting WWII movie.
This is based on actual events that took place in WWII. Another great cast and the plot from real life...can't ask for more.
Published 2 months ago by Hawk
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