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Werner Herzog's Dark Glow/Ballad/Precaution (2008)

Reinhold Messner , Werner Herzog  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Reinhold Messner
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GCEO26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Werner Herzog's attraction to the unusual and his skilled evocations of ecstatic truths are on abundant display in these three mesmerizing short documentaries. First, "The Dark Glow of the Mountains" unveils a striking account of daring climber Reinhold Messner, renowned for his pioneering ascent of Mt. Everest. Next, Herzog spins a potent and compelling "Ballad of the Little Soldier" by interviewing the youngest members of the Miskito Indian army who fought in the Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s. Finally, Herzog shows why it's important to take "Precautions Against Fanatics" at a horse racing track. 101 min. total. Soundtracks: German, English; Subtitles: English. In English and German with English subtitles.

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1.0 out of 5 stars unwatchable thanks to lame stock english narration. September 6, 2009
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i saw gasherbrum at the cinema during a herzog doc film fest at anthology film archives in NYC circa 2000. it blew my head (it was great). i saw it several times there on the big screen. somehow i lucked out and found a copy of the above DVD for a lot less then the today's going price. BUT, as was the case with a vhs version of "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck" i'd found, instead of herzog narrating with english subtitles in yellow at the bottom of the screen, you get some complete "gee whiz boy howdy" 50's era american narration/overdub that completely ruins everything. can't believe WH didn't notice this or care but it's a disaster. MAYBE if you hadn't seen it before it might hold your interest a little. i doubt it. come on, werner, your docs are your best work by far. why aren' they available as they appeared on celluloid? tragic.
i can't speak to the other two docs on this DVD. haven't watched them yet. but if it's the same "duck and cover, kids!" narrator forget it.

New Yorker Films is CRAP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Herzog January 17, 2012
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To me, this is the most Herzogian set of documentaries ... and I am including the superb Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
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