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Munich [WS] [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7758063
  • Release Date: 05/09/2006
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 85)

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    Synopsis


    Munich
    Much as Steven Spielberg followed 1993's special-effects blockbuster Jurassic Park with a far more downbeat and personal project later the same year, Schindler's List, in 2005 after tearing up the box office with War of the Worlds the director closed out the year with a powerful and thoughtful drama about the human costs of international terrorism. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic village, killing two Israeli athletes and abducting nine others. The kidnappers demanded safe passage out of Germany in addition to the release of Arab prisoners in Israeli and German prisons, but when they arrived at the Munich airport they were met by German police and military forces, and in the melee that followed, all nine hostages were killed. In the wake of the killings, the Israeli government gave Mossad, the nation's intelligence agency, a special assignment -- to track down and eliminate the Palestinians responsible for the death of the Israeli athletes. A young and idealistic Mossad agent (Eric Bana) is assigned to the four-man unit created to wipe out the Olympic terrorists, but while he believes in serving his country, as their bloody work goes on he begins to buckle under the weight of his work and wonders if he can morally justify his nation's acts of revenge. Munich also stars Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Ciarán Hinds. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Eric Bana
      Eric Bana - Avner
    • Daniel Craig
      Daniel Craig - Steve
    • Ciarán Hinds
      Ciarán Hinds - Carl
    • Mathieu Kassovitz
      Mathieu Kassovitz - Robert
    • Hanns Zischler
      Hanns Zischler - Hans



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Interesting historical-based suspense thriller.

      Posted
      Amerikaner

      This DVD is definitely worth watching, although I would not rely solely on it as far as getting a complete and accurate historical understanding of the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. I don't say this as a criticism, really, because how much can be covered in a single movie? Besides, it's a complex multi-year subject in which not all the facts are yet known (probably never will be, since there are some conflicting details in accounts given by those who were involved directly or indirectly). There are a few documentaries out there that might add to a fuller understanding, but a viewer does not need to be into historical completeness in order to enjoy this movie. Not recommended for kids because of the graphic violence, etc., and they might lose interest because it's about an hour longer than the average movie. Overall, I'd give it 4.5 stars, and recommend it for the good acting, direction, production values, and engaging subject matter.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Masterful Story About Revenge and Redemption

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      FoS01
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      Steven Spielberg's Munich is a fantastic look into the world of revenge and redemption. During the Olympic Games in Munich, we know that several athletes were assassinated. This movie shows the fictional aftermath of that tragedy. A group of men, all with different skill sets, are hired by a hidden group to kill the killers. Things don't go as planned and the suspense and tension is ratcheted up. Spielberg's reputation is further honored by watching how events play out. For its first time on Blu-ray, the A/V quality is very good. Picture is clear (but expect visual flourishes that Spielberg is known for) and grainy where it has to be. The lossless audio is excellent. When the building explodes, it felt like it was real. The extras are the same from the DVD except you don't get the nice outer cover and the postcards.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      best of the best

      Posted
      mpikek

      this shouldve won best picture in 05. i dont even remember what did win but all i know is that this is better. and of course coming from spielberg, you already know its good(and yes, kingdom of the crystal skull was good, too!!!). anyway, this film is just over 2 1/2 hours long wich might sound way to long, but its perfect for the story. this is a gritty, dark, realistic, and exciting masterpiece about the munich massacre back in 72 and will definetly be remade numerous times, but none will ever be as good as this. eric bana does great as the main guy(cant remember his character name at the moment). daniel craig(a.k.a. new james bond) does nice as steve. all the old guys in the gang are good and and all the other supporting roles do just fine. the little bit of the action there is is done in a great fashion. overall, its superb.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Vengeance

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      KC123
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      This film was not well received in some circles upon its initial release due to the political climate of the day. This film was not one of Steven Spielberg's more successful ventures, even with good reviews from most critics. Terrorism was present back in the 1970s and it is still present today and will unfortunately continue into the future. This is a fictional account of the 1972 Summer Olympic killings of the Israel national team and Israel's quest to hunt down the killers and those behind the killings. This film shows the price of vengeance that has to be paid and the heavy toll taken on the people in charge of pursuing those responsible for the murders. This Blu-ray is a Best Buy exclusive. The Blu-ray AV quality is excellent.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Later-era Spiels

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      GKleinschmidt
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      There's no denying Spielberg made a dramatic shift when he released Schindler's List in '93. Hook had tanked with critics a few years before which led him to his later 90's and 2000's darker, more serious affairs; A.I., Amistad, Minority Report, Lincoln, War Horse, Saving Private Ryan, and Munich. It doesn't get much attention these days, but Munich is a really solid political thriller and character piece. Maybe it's a little overlong, but it doesn't matter when you have such fine craftsmanship on display. Rediscover Munich and give it the attention it deserves. Looks great on blu-ray.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good action movie

      Posted
      Mars2000
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      I don't know why it took them this long to release this on bluray but I've been waiting for it for years. I had it on DVD but I sold it 5 years ago and now I'm craving to see it in HD. This is when I first saw Daniel Craig, I noticed a strong presence about that actor. Eric Bana does some good acting and watching Steven Spieldbergs version of the Munich Massacre and to watch what happens next is mind blowing. Great revenge movie with a great cast.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Spielberg's Gripping Personal Drama Finally on Blu

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      MattH
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      If you don't know the story of these Olympics or why Spielberg wanted to make this film, that doesn't matter. It's an engrossing movie no matter what. But knowing what happened, why it happened, and how so many had to learn to deal with it will mean that this movie hits a little harder, stays in your mind a little longer. One of Spielberg's most underrated and a shockingly good performance by Eric Bana. Recommended. It's so nice to finally have this in Blu-Ray quality after so many years of waiting.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally got to upgrade this to Blu

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      lumberjack
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      I'm slowly upgrading my DVD collection to Blu. Whenever I come across a title that needs upgrading, it has to serve two criteria: 1) Is the picture and sound noticeably improved over the DVD? 2) Are all if not most extras from the DD carried over? For Munich, both criteria were met. The price was more than I wanted to pay, but with the movie money, I was almost able to see a matinee showing of Jurassic World for free.

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