Last Days Of The Nazis
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC|
|Runtime||4 hours and 30 minutes|
Rarely broadcast on television, this dark history of Nazism is told from a different perspective - the Nazis themselves. In 1945, the Allies rounded up and interrogated thousands of party officials, war criminals, advocates, and Nazis. These interrogations are a fascinating, largely forgotten part of the historical record. Subjects include leading propagandist Julius Streicher; Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and minister of Armaments; the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Hess; BDM leader Melita Maschmann; and Nazi doctor Karl Gebhardt. Through chilling testimony, this inside look into the minds and motivations of eyewitness participants presents a horrifying portrait of the most evil regime in history.
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 47503
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 4 hours and 30 minutes
- Release date : August 11, 2015
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B00YN6XAHM
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #848 in Documentary (Movies & TV)
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The Amazon description given led me to believe this video was the source films of these interviews with the Nazis speaking for themselves -- however this is not the case at all. Instead we are shown films from that era with various narrators doing one more re-telling of how Germany started WWII. These lengthy scenes, while interesting, do not use the original source material, instead we have various historians talking about the rise and fall of the Third Reich. At odd intervals we see actors portraying the Nazis but they are speaking in English so it's impossible to tell how accurate this DVD is.
Based on the Amazon description I believed I would be watching the original interviews with subtitles for those who don't speak German. So I was very much looking forward to hearing these people in their own words but there is so little of this as to be pointless. Even in the few cases where a Nazi is shown speaking a sentence or two the background music made it impossible for me to hear what they were saying.
Also, this DVD was rendered into 70 millimeter (widescreen) format which means the producers took the original 35 millimeter film and cut off the top/bottom of the films in order to make it appear to be 70 millimeter film. Therefore at least 30% of the original films were cut out to accomplish this.
This DVD is a good history for those seeking to learn about Nazi Germany but they are still more entertainment than they are history.
Top reviews from other countries
A&E flubbed the potential of this documentary. Worth watching, yet suffering from certain documentary cliches which were totally unnecessary. The producers of this 3 part series - which was seemingly really a string of 20 broadcast minute (?) episodes knitted together - endeavour to present Nazis and their psychologies via Allied audio interviews conducted at war`s end, bookended by historian commentary.
A&E (now owning the History channel) plunders the tired old tactic of reintroducing the premise of the series at the start of every one of those 20 minute episodes. Considering a run time of 255 minutes, this manages to eat up a great deal of show time.
The far larger issue is how a production boasting Nazis in their own words manages to utilize so very little of them. The whole point of the production is to let viewers hear perpetrators and participants speak about events and their roles in them. One would think this warrants an albeit selected span of actual audio testimony followed by historical opinion (from experts). Instead, although of course presented, producers begin with actual audio in German with subtitles, segueing into re-enactments in english, the subject of the interview in a chair speaking into our camera. Many segments of interview are repeated from one mini episode to the next, which again wastes valuable time. When first introduced, each Nazi has a dossier - their pictures upon the actual documents are altered to match the actor re-enacting the interview! That is absurd and regrettable.
It would have been far more powerful to let the raw **ACTUAL** German play, with sub-titles, preserving/presenting the inflections, accents, and emotions or lack thereof of the subjects, uninterrupted for a lengthy span. Then follow that up with the appropriate historical fact-based dissection and discussion of the utterances by experts (whose participation is welcome). And you sure as HELL show their real mugshots.
Good but typical over-produced A&E.
Another documentary that I would recommend and that wold be complementary to this one is called Voices from Hitler's Army.