Aguirre, The Wrath of God [Blu-ray]
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In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the Incan empire, Gonzalo Pizarro (Allejandro Repulles) leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes into the heart of the most savage environment on earth in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature, and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), "The Wrath of God, ", is consumed with visions of conquering all of South America and revolts, leading his own army down a treacherous river on a doomed quest into oblivion.
Featuring a seething, controlled performance from Klaus Kinski, this masterpiece from director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power.
Werner Herzogs Aguirre, the Wrath of God is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema --Roger Ebert
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For here is a FILM!
Brilliant in conception, cinematography, casting, acting, and directing; "Aguirre the Wrath of God" overwhelms all other efforts in the "action-adventure" genre
(except of course, Herzog's other Amazonian masterpiece "Fitzcarraldo") because it is all REAL!
Imagine going on a SERIOUS whitewater rafting trip in the Amazon jungle
dressed in full Spanish armor and period costumes with a cannon on rickety log rafts.
They actually DID IT!
They had a great adventure, all of them, the actors and the native extras and everybody.
And they filmed it and they got THIS,
this masterwork, this gem.
"Aguirre the Wrath of God" is a tour de force of artistic brilliance and personal courage.
It is a film that once viewed will haunt your dreams and days for a lifetime.
OK so it's in German with English subtitles. But the subtitles are clear and yellow and well-placed at the bottom of the screeen so as to never obscure the action or dialog.
And the action and dialog are so gripping that you will soon forget you are even watching a German-language film.
The DVD has a nice, clean picture, with just a tad bit of grain. There are two German language soundtracks with English subtitles: one in 5.1 Surround and one in Dolby Stereo. There is also an English speaking soundtrack in Dolby as well.
Kinski is fabulous here! If you're a Klaus Kinski fan, this is the arch-typical performance that you've got to own of his. This is the best, most furious, most derranged role of Kinski's career and he is perfect in the role! There probably has never been a madder, more insanely-driven autocrat portrayed on film as this.
This isn't a film you should just see once - this is a film everyone should OWN and watch repeatedly! It's one of the best, most original movies of the past thirty years; a strange and bizarre mirage of haunting images and twisted happenings; a true masterpiece in every sense of the word! I highly recommed this movie!
Slaves that were taken to Spain from the Amazon rainforest told their owners about a (fictitious) city of gold far up the Amazon River. So the Spanish send a posse across the sea and up the river to case the joint. Not gonna spoil it, but the thing I love about this movie is Klaus Kinski's character's determination to keep going NO MATTER WHAT...