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The Thomas Mann Collection (Buddenbrooks / Doktor Faustus / The Magic Mountain) (2007)

Werner Eichhorn , Rod Steiger , Franz Seitz , Hans W. Geissendörfer  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Werner Eichhorn, Rod Steiger, Marie-France Pisier, Flavio Bucci, Christoph Eichhorn
  • Directors: Franz Seitz, Hans W. Geissendörfer
  • Writers: Franz Seitz, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Berndt Rhotert, Franz Peter Wirth, Thomas Mann
  • Producers: Francesco Casali
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 1140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9C3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thomas Mann Collection (Buddenbrooks / Doktor Faustus / The Magic Mountain)" on IMDb

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Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, Thomas Mann was honored for a body of work that began with his first novel, Buddenbrooks, and whose other milestones included The Magic Mountain and Doktor Faustus . These three novels are brought to life in this outstanding 7-disc collection, which pays tribute to Mann’s most celebrated and famous works.
Buddenbrooks As seen on PBS Great Performances . A stimulating adaptation of Mann’s most famous novel and one of the most widely read German novels in the world, Buddenbrooks is the sweeping tale of the rise and fall of a wealthy merchant family torn between family loyalty and personal freedom.
Doktor Faustus Driven by a single-minded search for a totally new musical idiom, composer Adrian Leverkühn, makes a pact with the devil with a very high price: the total renunciation of love and the gradual deterioration of the mind and body.
The Magic Mountain Hans Castorp, son of a distinguished Hamburg family, spends seven years in a Swiss sanatorium. Drawn to the hermetic society, he receives an erotic and philosophical initiation but abruptly leaves at the launch of the Great War to learn true life experience and responsibility.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Adam
This review is mainly about The Magic Mountain mini-series (2 DVDs) starring Christoph Eichhorn as Hans Castorp, Marie-France Pisier, Rod Steiger, etc. It's ironic that the complete series was finally released on a Region 1 DVD in North-America. This is the only way (apart from occasional rebroadcasts on German tv stations) where you can watch the entire mini-series in three parts as originally intended. There exists a Region 2 German release which contains a drastically edited film version of just 146 minutes as opposed to the more than 5 hour duration of the 3 parts originally. You can imagine how much had to be cut away and how it didn't do justice to the novel or the original film adaptation. The only positive thing about the Region 2 release is a bonus documentary.
Back to this Region 1 release, I only watched The Magic Mountain in its entirety and the picture quality is excellent, the English subtitles are there (optional), and the packaging is done nicely (separate for all three films). I wouldn't have picked those menu stills that the studio did (not sure if they read the novel before) but it's the content that matters.
I have yet to watch the Buddenbrooks (11 part mini-series) and Doktor Faustus. This DVD is highly recommended to students of German Studies and is an excellent addition to any library collection.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's worth it! September 19, 2007
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Buddenbrooks (10 ½ hours); Dr. Faustus (177 minutes); The Magic Mountain (over 5 hours): the color is excellent throughout, and the sound crystal clear. The subtitles are all legible, and the few mistakes made won't ruin your experience.

"The Magic Mountain," my least favorite of the three novels---is a great. great film. The casting is perfect (especially Castorp, Behrens, Peeperkorn, Clavdia, Settembrini)--but everyone, to the smallest bit player, so inhabits the sanitorium spirit and his or her part, that one forgets to compare the film to the novel. Castorp's first day (the film begins right in the middle of it), Carnival (!), the x-rays, the banging door, Castorp's walk in the blizzard, Ziemsen's death, the duel between Naptha and Settembrini--all great. The setting is magnificent, too.

"Buddenbrooks," the longest serial, is excellent. Most, but not all, of the acting is top-notch; the costumes and the buildings (my God! The buildings!) are perfect, and you will enjoy comparing the film to the novel, and noticing little differences (feeling SO superior!). The leitmotif of the nurse, walking the narrow alleyway of houses to the broad street where Buddenbrooks live--it happens three times--to sit at a deathbed: Mann would have loved it. The older men, Thomas, both Hannos and Kais are particularly good. The use of Plattdeutch is faultless. (LATER: Having seen the 1959 "Die Buddenbrooks," and read an extensive review of the 2008 "Buddenbrooks" by Breloer--I'm sure this is the best one that will ever be available, another 20 or 30 years, there will not be enough interest to make a fourth--and I also feel my cavelling criticsms of this one were were undeserved. It's just as good as "The Magic Mountain.")

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set of Thomas Mann's work and of German Cinema August 10, 2007
This DVD set contains films of three Thomas Mann Novels:

"Buddenbrooks" (1984) directed by Franz Peter Wirth 11 hours long, in 11 parts - 4 DVD's
"The Magic Mountain" (1982) directed by Hans W. Geissendoerfer 5 1/2 hours long in 3 parts - 2 DVD's
"Dr. Faustus" (1982) directed by Franz Seitz 2 hours long in 2 parts - 1 DVD

All three were serialized and made for German television in the 1980's, a time of re-discovery of Thomas Mann's work. They are all top quality, especially the first two.

"Buddenbrooks", follows the fortunes of a wealthy and politically powerful Merchant family in the Baltic city of Luebeck from about 1830 to 1880. The film captures the details of the 1800's very well and is true to the novel in narrative, action and dialog. It is a beautiful production and was a very successful mini-series in Germany. The sets and locations are beautiful and great care was taken to reproduce the clothing

"The Magic Mountain" was more difficult to film due to the nature of the novel. Is is not a straightforward narrative like "Buddenbrooks". It is the story of young Engineer's visit to a Sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland in 1907 that was supposed to be three weeks long and which stretches to seven years. Of the three films it is my favorite. The Director, Geissendoerfer also wrote the screenplay that quotes directly from the novel about half of the time. The other half of the dialog is skillfully adapted. The film skillfully conveys the senses of isolation and time. Many of the characters are cast almost perfectly such as the lead, Engineer Castorp, Madame Chauchat, Settembrini, and the director of the Sanatorium, Dr. Behrens. Rod Steiger is a great surprise as Mynheer Pepperkorn, a character based on the german writer Gerhart Hauptmann.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the bliss of the (un)commonplace August 28, 2008
Magic Mountain:

At 324 minutes, this transliteration of Thomas Mann's psycho-sexual-socio-politico odyssey, The Magic Mountain, is a mesmerizing experience. Magic Mountain tells the fin de siecle coming-of-age story of Hans Castorp--a young engineer fresh out of school who has yet to gain a sense of himself or of the world around him. Possessing neither genius nor ambition, Hans has nonetheless succeeded well enough in school and is destined to succeed well enough as a shipbuilder. But before he begins a professional career that he chose only because it seemed practical enough, he decides to visit an ailing cousin, Joachim, and spend a few weeks with him at the world famous Berghof Sanatorium that is tucked away in the Swiss Alps, high above the ordinary world that he quite willingly leaves behind. When we join Hans he is traveling by train through the mountains and fondly dreaming about a past attraction. Since Hans has no definitite sense of himself or what he values or desires he is highly susceptible to outer influences and the suggestions of others. This impressionability and penchant for daydreaming/fantasy will play a key part in his odyssey.

Once he arrives at the sanatorium, Hans immediately feels the undeniable allure of the location, the exquisite architecture, the eccentric clientele, and the indolent carefree way of life (patients spend their days lounging on deck chairs that overlook a pristine mountain range lined with majestic firs). The sanatorium is really more like an exotic spa. Some of the clientele are truly sick (evidenced by the almost daily removal of coffins), but others seem to be there for less specific reasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ausserordentlich
Ich habe Den Zauberberg gelesen, und der Film ist ganz treu. This set is available in the US, all in German, but in Germany, only a truncated version is available. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Raoul Dietz
4.0 out of 5 stars A WORTHY EXPERIENCE
It was very difficult to acquire a copy of this collection. But it is wotrthy the effort, since it is the only collection which has the complete tv versions of three of the most... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andreas Karayan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Collection
This DVD set is essential for anyone interested in Thomas Mann. While in German, it is well subtitled. The quality of the filming is quite good, too. Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by Anthony M Ludovici
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Film Quality
I enjoyed reading the Thomas Mann novels and I enjoyed this DVD collection of 3 of his works.

My only problem is with the film quality of the DVDs. Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by A. Brodsky
Published on April 28, 2009 by Erik E. Royek
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddenbrooks Worth the Whole Set
Years ago I read The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann and that's why I bought this DVD set. Amazingly, the film in this set matches the film I created in my head when I read the book. Read more
Published on January 18, 2008 by Jefferson Tennis
5.0 out of 5 stars "Three Masterful Adaptations ... The Thomas Mann Collection ... Koch...
Koch Vision present "THE THOMAS MANN COLLECTION" (Buddenbrooks / Doktor Faustus / The Magic Mountain) (2007) (1040 mins/Color) (Widescreen Dolby Digital) --- Three novels are... Read more
Published on August 20, 2007 by J. Lovins
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Collection of Classic works
For any German student or just Mann interested person this is a great DVD collection to own.
Published on May 1, 2007 by S. Laszlo
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