Hangmen Also Die

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 9, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Cohen Media Group
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Retoration of previously censored footage
    • New 30 minute featurette with historian and author Robert Gerwarth
    • Illustrated essay by Professor Peter Ellenbruch, University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany
    • Feature-length audio commentary by Richard Peña
    • 1942 German newsreel
    • Restoration before and after comparison
    • 2014 re-release trailer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 398
Rating: 2.5/5 -- For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme. Full Review
New York Times
Feb 25, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- The atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion evoked here is as pervasive as any Lang ever created. Full Review
The Skinny
Aug 29, 2016
Rating: B+ -- In this collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang's WWWII drama about the Czech defiance of the Nazis is admittedly propagandistic but is marked by a properly oppressive ambience and dark visuals courtsey of ace lenser James Wong Howe. Full Review
Jun 29, 2005
Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 25, 2013
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Visually the film's atmosphere is marvelously dark and oppressive due to the moody lensing of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe. Full Review
TV Guide
Feb 25, 2013
Rating: A -- A first-rate anti-Nazi propaganda film shot as film noir. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 30, 2006
Creatively filmed political thriller Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 22, 2006

Product Description:

Fritz Lang's HANGMEN ALSO DIE is a grimly atmospheric noir thriller and a vehement commentary on Nazi terror and betrayal. The film focuses on a gunman hiding out with the Resistance in Prague after the 1942 assassination of Hitler henchman Reinhard Heydrich, known as the Hangman. Loosely based on a true story, Lang's film is a terse and melodramatic portrait of mass resistance and Nazi brutality. From the assassination scene--reminiscent of TOUCH OF EVIL--in which Franz Svoboda (Brian Donlevy) gets help from the underground resistance in order to narrowly escape being captured by the Nazis, to the heart-wrenching and suspenseful showdowns between the resistance and the Nazis, HANGMEN ALSO DIE is a tightly structured and elegantly filmed masterpiece.

Hiding out in the home of the Novotny family, Svoboda risks the lives of everyone he meets, including Professor Novotny and his daughter Mascha. When the Nazis gather up all of the writers and intellectuals in town, including Professor Novotny, Mascha threatens to turn Svoboda over the the authorities, but the resistance intervenes with a last-ditch scheme to frame a Czech collaborator for the Hangman's murder. The suspense builds as day by day the Nazis continue to murder more Czechs and the Gestapo gets closer to finding the identity of the assassin.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: March 26, 1943
  • Made in Hollywood in 1942.
  • Reinhard Heydrich, known as the "Hangman," was mortally injured on May 27, 1942 by a bomb attack and died on June 4. As retribution the Nazis executed thousands of Czechs and Jews, including the entire Czech village of Lidice. The assassins were eventually found and killed by the Nazis.
  • Bertolt Brecht collaborated on the story with director Fritz Lang shortly after Heydrich's assassination became known in America, but since Brecht spoke no English, he had to work with an American screenwriter, John Wexley. Once the screenplay was completed Wexley wanted sole screenplay credit, and got it from the Screen Writers Guild, who reckoned that Brecht wouldn't need such a credit on his resume.

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  • UPC: 741952739890
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