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Valkyrie [Blu-ray] (2008)

Tom Cruise , Kenneth Branagh , Bryan Singer  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Carice Van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: United Artists
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KZIRKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Valkyrie [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Unpretentious and dramatically straightforward, Valkyrie is a suspenseful yet ennobling story about the last attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler prior to the end of World War II. Tom Cruise is effective if a little opaque as hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who channels his anger at Hitler's atrocities and mismanagement of the war by joining a secret organization bent on killing the Führer. When the outspoken Stauffenberg hits on the idea of linking Hitler's death with an official policy to safeguard Berlin during a government crisis--a contingency plan called "Valkyrie"--the group realizes a post-assassination coup could be covered by rapidly implementing the plan. History tells us the plot failed, of course, and Hitler killed himself months later. But that doesn't stop Cruise or director Bryan Singer from approaching the film as a thinking person's thriller, told from inside the conspirators' camp, where the outcome of their deeds were uncertain for several tense hours.

In the tradition of The Great Escape, Valkyrie is a war movie full of famous faces, including Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard. (The lesser-known David Bamber is very good as Hitler, hunched and cracking under pressure.) The film's gravity is offset a bit by the fun of seeing all these actors in a factually-based slice of history, and by a few, interesting stylistic flourishes on Singer's part, including the peculiarly unsettling image of a mosquito sizzled to death in close-up. --Tom Keogh


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Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolph Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

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230 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magazine articles proven wrong...again March 4, 2009
Format:DVD
9/10 Stars

Forget all the negative hype surrounding Valkyrie, because I assure you it is false. Bryan Singer has made a well-crafted thriller that kept me and my family on the edge of our seats until the end - even though we all know what the story's unfortunate outcome. Also, many tabloids were making this out to be the movie that would permanently cripple the career of Tom Cruise. This is entirely false. Cruise delivers a fine performance, and this hatred I can only assume is related to his rather odd personal life. Tom Cruise is as strong of an actor as he ever was, and I won't let something like turning Oprah's couch into a playground deny the fact that the man has talent, and is a truly passionate actor (and seriously, he does have a slight resemblance to Stauffenberg).

The movie is based on the last of fifteen known attempts on the life of German dictator Adolf Hitler (I'm sure everyone will have him in a nice "Five Most Evil People" list), and has Tom Cruise playing Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who of course was the key player in the assassination attempt. Ultimately this attempt failed (as we all know Hitler would die by suicide nine months later), but that doesn't keep Valkyrie from being an addictively engaging film.

Every member of the cast does their part well, not jockeying for superiority in any way. More importantly Cruise does not grandstand in this movie, fading in with the rest of the cast, rather than trying to stand above them like you'd expect, given his past films. Cruise gives a performance similar to 2005's War of the Worlds, where he does a good performance, but he never tries to overpower the other members of the cast.
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123 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful to History, well done January 19, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
All Historical Dramas faithful to the actual events run the risk of being dry and boring. Fortunately, although it is a bit dry here and there, the producers of Valkyrie didn't stray too far in that direction. The story is well-told, and I did not feel that it dragged or got into excessive and boring detail at any point. If you are a student of WWII, and particularly this famous failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, you will be pleased with the quality of the film, the acting, and the film's faithfulness to facts and to the tone of the times. The film brings forth many details of which I was not aware, and the historical facts I know-of from past research are accurately portrayed.

It is clear computer graphics are used extensively in this film, since many of the scenes could not have been filmed in any other way, more than 60 years after events took place. The special effects are for the most part well done, and are not intrusive - clearly used only as needed to support the story instead of being an excuse to show-off a studio's CGI capabilities.

As for acting, this story was an excellent vehicle for Tom Cruise. I feel Cruise's portrayal of Colonel von Stauffenburg, who was a central figure in the assassination plot and this story, was excellent and believable. Some may argue that the characterization is a bit wooden, but I suspect this may be intentional on Cruise's part, and in keeping with the historical figure: a decorated soldier filled with anger towards Hitler, who could survive in the upper levels of the German Army only by masking his true feelings.

The rest of the cast is phenomenal. I was amazed at the number of familiar and respected actors and actresses that appeared in relatively minor roles throughout the film.
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91 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film, a must see for all history buffs... January 23, 2009
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As a history buff, I was complelled to see this film from the get go. The fact that critics were particularly brutal led me to believe this was indeed an excellent film. I was very pleased to see it stuck to the facts even if some of the details are rather mundane. The cinematography does an excellent job at placing you in the era as if you were a bystander to the events before you.
The acting was simply top notch. Tom Cuise elevated himself with his performance. He was quite believable and true to the accounts of Colonel Stauffenberg. I reject the accounts by critics that this was a Gerry Maguire performance in uniform. The supporting cast is award worthy. it is rare to find a cast that works so seemlessly together. I believe the director deserves particular credit for this achievement.
Bottom line, Valkyrie is a top quality film worthy of your time. Forget what all those bitter, envious critics says, see it for yourself and then judge the film in it's merits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good movie, stellar Blu-Ray May 21, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The movie:

Valkyrie tells the tale of a plot to assassinate and overthrow the government of Adolph Hitler. By the time the war was winding down and Germany seemed to be on the losing side, many members of the military felt that suing for peace was the rational course - one that Hitler vehemently disagreed with, being set upon a disastrous "fight to the end" course which would end up claiming countless more lives.

Our protagonist in this drama is Count Claus Von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), a young Catholic Colonel in the German army who is injured in Africa, losing a hand and an eye. Already weary of the war and disdainful of Nazi policies, he is recruited by the resistance led by General Edward Beck (Terence Stamp). Their idea: assassinate Hitler, and then use Hitler's own contingency plan, code-named "Valkyrie," to take control of the government apparatus in Berlin and install economist/politician Carl Goerdeler as chancellor.

The film creates a palpable sense of tension, which is, alas, undercut by the sheer parade of guys in uniform who are not really explained or identified. I would consider myself at least an amateur student of the era, having read all 1150 pages of Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"... and I was still having a little bit of trouble following all the winding machinations of the plot and the players in it.

Tom Cruise is, well, Tom Cruise. Never during the teleplay did I forget that I was watching Tom Cruise. Terence Stamp is very good, and most of the supporting players are fun to watch as well. There are, however, no real particular stand-out or "scenery chewing" performances. It's all very brisk and utilitarian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A STRONG AND ACCURATE PORTRAYAL
The only power protecting Hitler was Lucifer aka Satan, Beelzebub, Prince of Darkness et.al! It certainly by any stretch could not be attributed to the GOD I worship and serve! Read more
Published 1 hour ago by crosscountryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
Interesting movie about part of history not so well known. Tom Cruise nt the best choice for the head role, but still doing fine.
Published 4 hours ago by Pertti Pietarinen
3.0 out of 5 stars It is not a history
Yes, this is a well done a Hollywood movie. Even the movie based on the actual event, the storyline is way off from actual facts and attitude of the era, which is typical for... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Underrated, awesome movie. Very good. Loved it. Historically correct and accurate. Tom Cruz was excellent. I did not expect to like as much as I did.
Published 12 hours ago by Wilson L. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was excellant
I stumbled on this movie on prime. Its been out for a while and never knew about it. I really don't care for any of the newer movies holly wood puts out today. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie
I enjoyed Valkyrie. Sure, it's not the best movie, but it has it's moments. Tom Cruise does a good job without having a fake accent. I really like Kenneth Brannaugh. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jean A. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time.
If you are a history buff and/or love movies, this is worth your time and effort. Go Check it out.
Published 1 day ago by Marcel
2.0 out of 5 stars A whispered bore
Valkyrie is a predicatable, ho-hum movie through which Tom Cruise mistakes whispering for dramatic intensity. And you know the end.
Published 1 day ago by 38 Gunner
4.0 out of 5 stars forget it!
this is bull s#*t i'm a one finger typer i don't appreciate AMAZON holding me hostege for your amusument stop it.
Published 1 day ago by sailersteve
5.0 out of 5 stars Well developed version of true story
Tense, well-acted movie about one assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Tom Cruise is very good, while not being overbearing - a good evening movie.
Published 1 day ago by B. Clarke
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Besides the digital copy, is there anything else extra?
Found this at about.com, courtesy Ivana Redwine:

The two-disc Special Edition Valkyrie DVD set contains nearly an hour of video bonus materials. The best is "The Valkyrie Legacy," a 42-minute History Channel documentary. Here historians and spokesmen for the German Resistance Memorial... Read more
May 26, 2009 by Johnny Sokko |  See all 5 posts
Suicide bombing against Hitler would've worked better !
If you watch History Chan. Documentary in the extras section, you can see that all asssination attempts failed due to some evil demon watching over Hitler. Twice, members of the German army tried to blow themselves up along with Hitler. And both times Hitler avoided their attempts by rushing... Read more
Jul 13, 2009 by A. Catalano |  See all 7 posts
Has anyone had playback problems on Blu Ray?
I had the same problem. Glad to know it's not just my copy. Mine skips at that moment, too. But if I have to live with it, at least it only skips a minute. Plus, I also have the digital copy.
May 31, 2009 by Dan Hettersen |  See all 14 posts
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