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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Luc D, Jun 27, 2002.
What can you tell me about the region 1 disk? Any good?
If I recall correctly, the German soundtrack is in 5.1 only. Otherwise, a really nice disk with a good commentary from Herzog.
Great disc. Brilliant movie. Great transfer (considering the source material). My disc still works, but supposedly a large % of these fail/rot/whatever (somewhat typical of Anchor Bay).
Get it anyway as they are very good about replacing things (and now claim all of their "rot" problems are behind them.
Yes it is a nice disc--the film is full frame, apparently Herzog's desired AR. And the framing seems fine to me, as do the video and sound quality, esp the German 5.1 track. The commentary track is a real treat--Herzog never stops talking and offers tons of great info about the arduous production and of course plenty of stories about Kinski. Just as Aguirre and Apocalypse Now comprise a great existentialist double feature, this commentary and Hearts of Darkness-A Filmmaker's Apocalypse would make a nice double bill for anyone who wants to see just how far some people will go to make a movie.
Yep, a very nice disc. If you like this movie, I'm going to recommend Stephen Minta's book Aguirre. Part travelogue and part history book, Minta explores the real Lope de Aguirre and the events surrounding his mutiny. Fascinating stuff and it's interesting to see the changes Herzog made to the story of the "mad conquistador".
It's a real good disc, Luc. Not sure if you're that familiar with Herzog, but I'd also recommend "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" (which you may know as "Every Man for Himself and God Against All") and "Fitzcarraldo". Only "Kaspar Hauser" has the original audio track, but the remixes on the other discs are nicely done.
Thanks everybody. I suppose I was going to pick up this disk no matter what, but it's still nice to know it's not a dud. Herzog is one of my favorite filmmakers and I'm glad the DVD has a commentary track as his are always very interesting and informative.
Luc: be aware that on 7/9, Anchor Bay is releasing a "Herzog/Kinski" box set, featuring Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde, and the documentary My Best Fiend. If you don't have any of these films yet, I'd suggest going for that box.