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Valkyrie [Blu-ray] (2008)

Tom Cruise , Bill Nighy , Bryan Singer  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
  • Producers: Bryan Singer, Charlie Woebcken, Chris Brock, Chris Lee, Christoph Fisser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ1H0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk) in this action-packed film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men. 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. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie delivers gripping suspense and pulse-pounding excitement from start to finish!

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251 of 283 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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129 of 146 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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97 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film, a must see for all history buffs... January 23, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I don't want to waste time here repeating what others have said about this film and its attention to historical events. That aspect seems to be covered well and little I could say would add value in that area.

What I would like to comment about and somewhat warn those thinking about the Blu-ray version of this film is that the audio levels and fluctuation there in may drive viewers a little batty. What I mean is that for much of the film the dialogue is going to be quiet, almost at a whisper level. That is as it should be since a lot of the activity is secretive discussion of treasonous plans, but.... well, there's a problem in that if you adjust the volume up so you can hear most of the dialogue when normal (non-whisper level) dialogue comes along it may nearly blast your ears. Most certainly any explosions, thunder, or other noise will do the job and chase you out of the viewing area.

I wish this wasn't a problem here, and perhaps in a different home theatre configuration it might not be a problem at all, but I bring the problem up so that others might be forewarned.

In other aspects the Blu-ray is excellent. Video quality is superb though the color scheme is primarily earth tones (military hues and browns and grays). The color levels are good and the image is clean and clear. Given that the film is 'new' it should be expected that the transfer would be pristine.

Most definitely worth viewing, and arbitrarily worth a purchase for World War II film buffs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT MOVIE
Published 1 day ago by Tomas Moctezuma Ruiz
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully dull and slow
I was looking forward to finally seeing this movie. I'm very interested in the subject matter, but could not get into this movie as much as I tried. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by CYNTHIA FORBES
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical and entertaining
Suspenseful and well acted.
Published 16 days ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see not all Germans were with Hitler
Excellent Movie. If you read more about the history of Col. Stauffenburg, it makes more sense. If they had to go into more details, I believe they would have to make it into a... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lillie Boudine
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable story
Wonderful movie. I highly recommend it. Character portrayals believable.
Published 29 days ago by Shelley A. Beclmann
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad Tom Cruise made this movie
I'm glad Tom Cruise made this movie, which sheds light on an extensive resistance to Hitler. I do wish there had been more development of Cruise's character and how he developed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn R. De Fuente
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarassing
Embarrassing that they didn't even use german accents.
Published 1 month ago by L. Davis-Chanin
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Piece of History, But Still A Tom Cruise Film
As a stand alone piece, Valkyrie is a competent piece of Nazi Germany history. But this seems its only strength. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy
2.0 out of 5 stars Great plot but his acting was the same pollyana garbage
Oh God I can't stand Tom Cruise!!!Great plot but his acting was the same pollyana garbage.
Published 1 month ago by Michael K
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