All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 6, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
    • Subtitles - English (SDH), French - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Introduction
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1930 - Best Director: Lewis Milestone
Academy Awards 1930 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 17,963
Lewis Milestone's groundbreaking war film is up with La Grande Illusion as one of the finest humanitarian antiwar movies ever made. Full Review
London Evening Standard
Jan 15, 2018
It resonates with a sense of contempt for battle that has never been captured before or since.
Dec 1, 2003
All Quiet is constructed with some attention to intervals, to time and even emotional quality. But directorial competence is not enough. The temper is lacking. Full Review
The New Masses
Jan 14, 2020
The performances are haunting. Full Review
Times (UK)
Feb 21, 2015
[A] fascinating, innovative early talkie. Full Review
Total Film
Feb 11, 2013
One of the most powerful anti-war films ever.
USA Today
Apr 8, 2021
It not only seeks to straddle the high dramatic of the silent era with the more staid aesthetics of the sound era, but it seeks to reveal wartime horror to such a heart-wrenching degree that it will undo war altogether. Full Review
Mar 24, 2014

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 29, 1930.
  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.
  • Future director George Cukor acted as dialogue director.
  • Future director Fred Zinnemann appeared as an extra.
  • Reaction to the film in Germany led to Remarque's immigration to the United States.
  • The film was restored to its full 132 minutes in 1987.
  • Estimated budget: $1.25 million.
  • The film received much attention for being one of the largest-scale talkies to date (1930).

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 9,357
  • UPC: 025193236821
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