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Late in World War Two, while Germany's industries sustained relentless bombings by the Allies, the Nazis took a bold gambit to turn the war back in their favor. Building an extensive tunnel system deep underground to house armament factories, Nazi leaders raced against time to produce the deadly new weapons they hoped would bring Germany final victory. Long forgotten after the victorious American Army sealed them off from intruders, the sprawling underground labyrinths are reopened for the first time in decades by a team of highly qualified experts. They reconstruct the horrific conditions faced by the forced laborers, who died in the tens of thousands building them. With previously unreleased film material and exclusive interviews, the story of the Underground Reich provides a glimpse into awsome worlds that still exist in Germany, France, Poland and Norway.

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  • Actors: Adolf Hitler
  • Directors: Michael Kloft
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014T8CDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Joseph J. Slevin VINE VOICE on February 4, 2010
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Simply amazing footage and work to uncover one of the more interesting tidbits of history of Germany during the War. Hitler, in an attempt to protect his production capacity, authorized with his leaders, hundreds of millions of ReichMarks to build underground caverns for the purpose of preserving the building of the German war machine.

We see scenes throughout occuppied Europe, including tunnels still in use as well as ones that were destroyed by bombing raids. Interestingly, we meet one of Adolf Hitler's body guards, who tours us around the site of the major Valkerie assassination attempt.

In color, black and white and with old war footage, we see the lairs of Goebbels, and Hesse, additionally, we see actual family members of Goebbels in their bunker just before they were killed by their parents.

One of the better documentaries of the war. This is well worth the time to buy and view.
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This was one that seemed interesting, but that I didn't expect much from, which turned out to be a delight. Basically two-50 minute shows from Germany (with English narration!) filled with footage of large underground spaces created by the Nazis during WW2. If you've seen the show CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD, this one is right up your alley, but without the overenthusiastic hosts/narrators. They have an episode on Germany that barely touches on sites seen in this documentary.
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I had to laugh at the review that said this was a dull show. It's about factories built underground during the war by the nazis. They pick different places and go there today and filmed it and then interspace it with vintage footage. What were they expecting? A fast paced action show? Explosions? I don't know but the fact is that they do not veer from telling the truth about what happened building all the various Nazi underground tunnels and factories. The used slave labor and basically worked many of them to death. The nazis and even the civilians involved acted with the most cruelty they could in this endeavour. The show is a overview and picks various sites to explore and to talk about. Most of them are factories but a few are living areas and bunkers and bomb shelters. The mountain where hitlers bergoff is probably one of the few featured in this documentary film that wasn't built by slave labor. I found it very interesting and well done. This was a german production and they use English speakers for narration in this version. If you don't find documentaries about old underground tunnels and factories from world war two interesting then don't watch this one, but if you are curious then this one is a good overview of the more than 800 major sites known. Including a system under a castle that was for the heads of the nazi state. Lots of factories and a gun site in france for the supergun that the british blew up before it could be used. Several v rocket building sites and other sites too. One of the sites is still used today as a storage and repair facility in modern germany and it's interesting to see that site and be granted access to it. That reminded me of when I toured "cheyenne' mountain' in colorado springs, back when it was still in use as the head of norad.Read more ›
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I wasn't expecting much from this title, I figured that it would be somewhat like the other boring documentaries going through a few abandoned nazi tunnel systems...To my pleasant surprise this is actually very interesting, I did not know that so many underground tunnel systems built by the reichs forced labor programs were still in use today...I was astonished with the speed that these massive systems were built to be in production order for the last 2 years of the war, listing and showing underground nazi tunnels that would have been otherwise impossible to see with the naked eye..Some of these were so hidden that you may not even know that you were walking on enormous underground tunnels and rooms that were once the secret production areas of weapons like the first guided missile, the V1-V2 rockets.. Also the first fully operational jet propelled plane, the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe...This documentary will take you on a guided tour of these Gargantuan tunnel systems, explaining how jewish and other ethnic forced labor workers built these marvels dug literally into a mountain hollowing it out... You find other useful information like how most were mainly only half completed due to germanys defeat in ww2 and how some of these huge rooms and systems were completed by the post-war german government and are now used to house heavily guarded material, aviation fuel, technology and even home of some of todays german army....

Overall this is thoroughly enjoyful, it is still today a testament to (though ruthless) the third reichs ability to achieve some of the first technological marvels of the modern world..
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Military history is one of my favorite nonfiction subjects, and because of my interest in World War II, I was aware that the Germans moved much of their industry underground during the war to keep it hidden away and protected from the Allied strategic bombing campaign. But in viewing "The Reich Underground," it was amazing to learn just how extensive the underground tunneling was. There were hundreds of underground facilities built for manufacturing, bomb shelters, command bunkers, and even underground roads. Some of these were hidden away with their entrances camouflaged so well that they've only been discovered in recent years.

Old wartime film footage was used extensively but there was also a lot of newer film with views of the underground facilities, which have to be inspected regularly for structural integrity, since a cave-in could be disastrous for whatever is above the tunnels. Some of the tunnels are still in use today, primarily by the German military.

It's a fascinating film about a little known part of the war in Europe. The 2004 documentary was originally produced in two parts, with both parts combined for this film.
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