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Munich (DVD)

A thought-provoking surprise from famed director Steven Spielberg, MUNICH explores the after effects of the brutal terrorist attacks on the Israeli at...

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Excellent

ProGreat cast, great locations, Spielberg on the most...

ConsNone for me

Of all the great American director's work, Munich deserves a re-appraisal as the best Spielberg film ever made. It's an unconventional choice, perhaps, but probably only because it's one of his least-seen pictures. Plus, could a director responsible for so many happy childhood memories and famous...

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ProSpielberg

ConsHow truthful is this?

Someone once said that although the Jews and the Palestinians hate each other they are really very alike, both ostracized and abandoned by the world with equal proportion, and that, and not twisting the facts to make a movie, is the interest director Steven Spielberg has in the Munich Olympic...

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Excellent

ProIncredibly harrowing; raw and authentic; superb sc...

ConsSpielburg expects audience to know what the film m...

Schindler's List has been the only time Steven Spielburg actually applied a human face to the aggressors of the Second World War. That said, this only applied to an extent, as Oskar Schindler was the only "good" Nazi in the film. Munich, however, is entirely different. He adds humanity to the two...

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“Not a Beer Festival in Sight”

published 09/11/2006

ProEric Bana, Geoffrey Rush.

ConsThe subject

I really didn't know what to expect with this film. All I new was that is was a Steven Spielberg film about the massacre of a number of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, after a hostage situation goes wrong. As far as the event was concerned, I was a tad too young to recall it so...

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“It's Playing On My Mind”

published 01/07/2006

ProA compelling story, and an educational resourse

ConsNone

In 1972 the Olympic games held in Munich became a topic greatly discussed; and not for the sporting events. One night terrorists known as "Black September" a Palestinian group forced there way into the room of the Israeli Olympic team. Some of the team were executed there and then, while others...

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“Eye for Eye”

published 25/10/2006

ProA worthy and balanced film

ConsThough well made, it is very heavy going and somet...

During the 1972 Munich Olympics, a group of Palestinian terrorists broke into the competitors' village and took eleven Israeli athletes hostage. They demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners and helicopters to fly them out of the city. Attempts to negotiate failed and in the ensuing...

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Good

ProIncredibly powerful drama in places

ConsTakes too long to get anywhere

Munich is a poignant and dramatic, slow-moving Spielberg film that has at its core the effects and fallout from the 1972 Munich Olympic Games massacre. Members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by a group known as Black September, reported to have ties to a...

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Super

ProThought Provoking

ConsVery long

Early in the morning of the 5th September 1972, Palestinian terrorists broke into the athlete's village at the Munich Olympics. The terrorist group known as Black September stormed the Israeli apartments, took 9 hostages, and shot two men dead. Whilst the games went on around them, the terrorists...

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Good

“Conflict and Blood Shed”

published 03/09/2007

Progood acting, good plot

Consbit too bloody at times

A few years back I remember hearing of this film because there was a lot of hype about it around the time of the Oscars. It never did win an Oscar but it won a few other awards so it did well. I wasn't exactly sure what this film was about but judging from what I had seen it looked like a bit of...

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Good

“An Olympic Feat”

published 19/03/2006

ProGritty Style, A compelling subject, nice performan...

ConsDrags on far too long for it's own good

There are two sides to Steven Spielberg. One side has brought him the big bucks with films that defined the summer blockbuster. Then there is his serious side with film such as AI, Private Ryan and Schindler's List. Munich sees Spielberg indulge in his darker desires and unfortunately the results...

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Good

ProSome good acting & a good cast

ConsLong and sometimes difficult to follow

Story: The movie is set in 1972/73 in the aftermath of the Munich Olympic attack on the Israeli team in which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and then murdered by the Black September terrorist group in a botched rescue attempt. The movie is not the story of that horrific attack but rather...

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Super

ProBana, Lonsdale, Hinds, Rush; moral ambivalence, su...

ConsUnnecessarlly graphically violent a la 'Saving Pvt...

Has Steven Spielberg finally ditched the rose-coloured glasses and sentimental schlock and moved into more mature filmmaking? The indications seem to be positive on this point. In fact, 'Munich' might be Steven Spielberg's best 'serious' film to date, even if it still fails to merit the...

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Super

published 16/09/2007

I really liked this movie and was gripped to the very end. Also it was hard to imagine that this was a Spielberg movie as it seemed so different to his normal stuff but it was a Spielberg movie and was outstanding and compelling. I was engaged by what was happening on screen and was intrigued with what was going to happen next. I would also like to point out that the settings were done very well to coincide with the time this happened. Anyway I definitely recommend this.

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Excellent

“A revenge mission”

published 01/11/2009

ProBrilliant cast and story

Consnone

Steven Spielberg has directed numerous films which are of a high quality. The 2005 film, Munich is no different. Munich tells the story of the Israeli government retaliation for the assassination of eleven Israeli athletes by the Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September, at the Munich...

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Not for me

“TRAGEDY OF MUNICH DVD”

published 29/10/2007

ProNON POLITICAL

ConsRUBBISH ACTING

Sunday afternoon weather outside is terrible and I am getting over a bad cold so I decided to watch Munich the dvd. I had high hopes for this DVD prior to viewing having read a book about the Munich massacre and seen the excellent documentary One Day in September 1999. However I was very...

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Product Information : Munich (DVD)

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A thought-provoking surprise from famed director Steven Spielberg, MUNICH explores the after effects of the brutal terrorist attacks on the Israeli athletic team at that German city's 1972 Olympic Games. Loosely adapted from the book VENGEANCE by Hungarian George Jonas, the script was largely written by the provocative, award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (ANGELS IN AMERICA), who lends an incisive intelligence to the dialogue. The film begins with the violent sequence of the terrorists carrying out their attacks on the Israelis; a bloody and gruesome sequence that is deftly and beautifully handled by Spielberg and his brilliant cinematographer, Januzs Kaminski. Back in Israel, we meet the handsome and charming Avner, deeply in love with his beautiful, pregnant wife. Domestic bliss is short-lived however; immediately following these Black September attacks, Avner (THE HULK's Eric Bana), the son of an Israeli hero, is summoned by his country's famed secret service agency, the Mossad, to carry out violent retaliations against those Palestinian terrorists allegedly behind the Munich massacre. Commanded from afar by prickly government agent Ephraim (the inimitable Geoffrey Rush), Avner and his team of handpicked men pugnacious South African Steve (Daniel Craig), goofy ex-toy maker Robert (French actor Matthieu Kassovitz), morally conflicted Carl (Ciaran Hinds), and terse professional Hans (Hanns Zischler) must deal with some shady, nefarious international figures as they track down their Palestinian prey. Their mission takes them everywhere, from the villas of Rome to a seedy hotel in Cyprus, and with each successful kill, Avner's iron will begins to dissolve, and guilt and doubt begin to take hold of his conscience. Strong performances (particularly by the magnetic Eric Bana), gripping action, moral complexity, and a political urgency make the film not only consistently entertaining, but enormously important. Kushner and Spielberg work together to make it clear that the past informs the present, and the lingering final shot should leave viewers with much to think about.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): Universal Pictures UK Video Rental, UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK; UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS

Release date: 12/06/2006

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: 8302887, 83028 8

Barcode: 5050583028873, 5050583028880

Screenwriter: Eric Roth, Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner

Featured: Steven Spielberg

Author: Colin Wilson

Executive Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Barry Mendel, Steven Spielberg

Composer: John Williams

Languages

Main Language: English

Subtitle Language: Arabic, Icelandic

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Introduction From Director Steven Spielberg, Munich The Team The Mission

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround English

Professional Reviews

Review: Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- Steven Spielberg's brilliant political thriller is a work of spectacular and unsettling excitement (Entertainment Weekly, )<br><br>...a thumpingly well-made superbly paced thriller (Film 2006, )<br><br>Spielberg has completed the process begun with simpler SCHINDLER'S LIST to become a truly adult director, with this, his bravest film (Uncut, )<br><br>This is a smart and often tense work....It's definitely powerful enough to make you wish he'd head in this direction more often (USA Today, )<br><br>

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