It’s been an unexpectedly huge success on the major award season, and it’s an important story that none of us should ever forget, and now with nine Oscar noms and seven BAFTA wins, All Quiet On The Western Front will be released as a high-quality home theatre edition on 24th April from capelight pictures in collaboration with Netflix.
You can pre-order your copy now, and you’ll expect to receive a 2-disc Limited Collector’s Edition in a mediabook format with the film in 4K Ultra HD on UHD Blu-ray and in HD on Blu-ray. The 4K UHD features the original German audio (with English subtitles) in Dolby Atmos audio of the original and 4K Dolby Vision image for the perfect picture and sound quality.
The mediabook packaging comes with a 24 page booklet that includes “SHARING THE GERMAN PERSPECTIVE“ – a conversation with director Edward Berger and “A MACHINE OF DEATH UNLIKE ANY EXPERIENCED BEFORE” – an interview with historian and professor Daniel Schönpflug on the historical background of All Quiet On The Western Front.
The Netflix film recently made history: For the first time ever, a production from Germany has been nominated for an Oscar in the most important category, Best Picture. In addition, Berger’s film was nominated in eight other Oscar categories, including Best International Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Production Design. All Quiet On The Western Front has also been the big winner at this year’s BAFTAs, taking home seven of Britain’s most important film awards, among them Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. The German Film Academy has also shortlisted the film for the German Film Awards.
The 2-disc limited collector’s edition mediabook is available to pre-order here!
All Quiet On The Western Front tells the poignant story of a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I, and the screenplay was written by Edward Berger, Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson.
Spring 1917. 17-year-old Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) and his friends are extremely eager to go to war, to beat the French soundly and march to Paris victorious. This is how the boys imagine it. This is the war they are promised by their principal in a rousing speech. With jubilation, fanfare and song, the “youth of iron” marches off – for Emperor, God and Fatherland.
The enthusiasm, however, does not last long. When they arrive at the Western Front after days of marching. It’s pouring rain. The trenches are filling up and fast becoming a swamp. But the French do not wait to attack. Flares rise up, brightening no-man’s land with a surreal beauty. Until all hell breaks loose again and the French bombard the trenches.
What follows portrays Paul and his comrades’ first-hand experience of how the initial euphoria of war turns into horror, suffering and fear as they desperately fight for their lives in the trenches.
Director Edward Berger put together an impressive ensemble cast. The lead role of Paul Bäumer is played by a newcomer and theater-actor, Kammerer. Albrecht Schuch (Lieber Thomas, Systemsprenger) takes on the role of Stanislaus Katczinsky, who becomes a close confidant to Paul during the war. Fighting alongside them are Edin Hasanovic (Je suis Karl, Skylines) as Tjaden Stackfleet, Aaron Hilmer (Das schönste Mädchen der Welt) as Albert Kropp, Moritz Klaus (Kleine Morde) as Franz Müller and Adrian Grünewald (Sløborn) as Ludwig Behm. Daniel Brühl (The Alienist – Die Einkreisung, Nebenan) strives for a truce as Matthias Erzberger. Devid Striesow (Ich bin dann mal weg) plays General Friedrichs. Other roles are played by Thibault De Montalembert (The Collapse), Anton von Lucke (Große Freiheit) and Andreas Döhler (Die Saat).
I’ve seen both the earlier films of this, both were excellent at portraying the horrors and futility of war, particularly in the trenches. Imo, they’re not films to enjoy as such but films that should be seen. I’ve never read the book, it’s been on my “must read” list for years.
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What a movie. True cinema in all its power. The first half hour is astounding