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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler [VHS]


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Ritchie (II), Reinhard Appel, Arnold Arluk, Maria Bonmann-Lau, Winrich Behr
  • Directors: Holger Hillesheim, Ivan Fíla, Ralf Piechowiak, Maurice Philip Remy, Harald Schott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Number of tapes: 6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RRMT

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Entirely apart from incorrect facts and dates, this documentary has very poor picture quality and is obviously extremely biased. Whenever Hitler speaks, they put it into slow motion so he sounds like a monster. Do we really need this kind of propaganda? All the quotes are taken out of the context for which they were intended. Much seems to be lost in the translation as well, especially in quotes. Any serious WWII fanactic will hate this box set.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Though there are some elements of this documentary that are stellar, ultimately it falls flat. The tinny and irritating music which accompanies various Hitler quotes (some of them translated incorrectly) begins to jar on the nerves after episode one. The interviews with various Hitler intimates are interesting, though none of them say anything new.
The highlight of the entire five hours is great film discovered of Hitler in 1914, standing on the Odeonsplatz in Munich. There is also new film of Hitler marching with the Freicorps in 1919 and some rare footage of him again in Garmisch in 1920. At least the same old dreary stock footage of Hitler is supplemented with some interesting, new footage.
A note on the film and sound quality in this package: it's substandard. When I've seen the series on the History Channel, the quality is superior to this VHS version.
This is probably still the best attempt made to document Hitler's life and times, but there is still ample room for improvement in the future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hitchner on April 5, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The best thing about this series is having the majority of all the best Hitler film footage in one collection. But its not exactly a completely neutral re-telling of the story, so beware. Using a combination of many interviews with elderly Germans who say - in effect with 20/20 hindsight - "we knew he was evil, we just couldn't put our finger on it at the time" - and the technique of slowing Hitler's own recordings down to half speed to make him sound like Satan himself. This is really a piece of propaganda no less than anything Goebbels ever produced.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Roger Duncan on March 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Poor picture quality was just the first problem with this documentary. The information is misleading, and in some places, down right incorrect. The quotes are taken out of context to make Hitler seems as evil as possible. Do not buy this video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By North Korean 1 on June 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is the History channel's documentary of Hitler which is very insightful into both Nazi Germany and Hitler as well as the third Reich.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the best documentaries ever made about Hitler. However, to get the best feel for the subject matter, one should watch the German language version. A lot can be lost in translations (or lack thereof), especially in the meaning of quotes.
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