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All Quiet on Western Front DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40105301
UPC: 025192051029
UPC 14: 00025192051029
Category Keywords: Essential Cinema  Recommended  Tragedy  Vintage  War  World War I
Rating: NR
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Contains restored footage
Unlike most "message" films that date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I throughout their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Ayres) declares, "We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all." All Quiet is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with the French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a butterfly

Editor's Note
Lewis Milestone's adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war novel is a masterpiece whose power to disturb remains undiminished by the passage of time. The film stars Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman, who, along with a group of his teenaged classmates, are conscripted into the German army during WWI. The youths quickly realize that the patriotic hogwash they had been fed by their schoolmaster has absolutely has nothing to do with the horror they observe and experience on the front lines.


Video Features DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Spanish, French, Mono Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1930
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20510
Video UPC UPC: 00025192051029
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John Wray
Video Cast Info Lew Ayres
Video Cast Info Louis Wolheim
Video Cast Info Russell Gleason
Video Cast Info Erich Maria Remarque - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Lewis Milestone - Director
Video Cast Info Arthur Edeson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Carl Laemmle, Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info George Abbott - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Still widely regarded as the best war film ever made, director Lewis Milestone's adaptation of the Remarque WWI novel is clearly his masterpiece, a searing indictment of the insanity of war. Starring Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman, the film focuses on the fates of the boy and his classmates, who have enlisted to fight in the German army during WWI. Still on fire with the patriotism instilled by their teacher, Kantorek (Arnold Lucy), they arrive for training, eager to face death. When they reach the front lines, the realize that the German troops have few supplies and no food. Sgt. Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim), briefs the recruits on how to avoid getting killed, but on the first night, one of them gets shot. The carnage of the battle shocks the boys, and some are driven mad. Day after day, the recruits huddle in the trenches, frightened, starving, and unable to gain ground, realizing that it is not glorious to die for one's fatherland. This powerfully affecting film is brilliantly directed and written, and generally well acted despite some dated elements. Milestone's magnificent crane and tracking shots of the battlefields surely owe something to the work of Karl Freund, arguably the finest cinematographer in film history.


Oscar (1931)
Video Award Name Lewis Milestone, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Carl Laemmle, Jr., Winner, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Arthur Edeson, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name George Abbott, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Achievement

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...The third best-picture Oscar winner is still one of the best movies to have won the award..." 01/15/1999 p.11E

Total Film
"...Few films have conveyed the confusion, brutality and senseless sacrifice of organised conflict more vividly than Lewis Milestone's monochrome masterpiece..." 03/01/2001 p.106

"It resonates with a sense of contempt for battle that has never been captured before or since." 12/01/2003 p.150

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 9 of 10
Vivid, moving adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's eloquent pacifist novel about German boys' experiences as soldiers during WWI. Time hasn't dimmed its power, or its poignancy, one bit. Scripted by Milestone, Maxwell Anderson, Del Andrews, and George Abbott. Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Director. - Leonard Maltin

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