Blu-ray, DVD Release: Stalingrad

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Hen’s Tooth


Stalingrad movie sceneThe 1993 German war drama film Stalingrad directed by Joseph Vilsmaier follows a platoon of World War II German Army soldiers transferred to Russia, where they ultimately find themselves plunged into the infamous Battle of Stalingrad.

In the spring of 1942, German troops advanced deep into the Soviet Union en route to Stalingrad. Hitler seriously misjudged the tenacity of the Red Army and was convinced that the city could be conquered before winter. Ordinary foot soldiers, inadequately clothed and without sufficient food, struggled just to stay alive. Abandoned by their leaders, Nazi troops froze and starved to death in a conflict that left over one million dead. Stalingrad graphically depicts this turning point in WWII in which the average German soldier was as much a victim of Nazi evil as the Soviet people.

One of the most respected movies ever produced about the Stalingrad battle, the late Vilsmaier’s film stars Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel and Sebastian Rudolph, among many others.

Stalingrad was issued on DVD many years back by Fox Lorber, but has long been out of print, though used disc brokers have been cleaning up on it for quite a while. This Hen’s Tooth release represents the film’s U.S. Blu-ray debut.

Featuring audio options that include an English dubbed version of the film or one in its original German with English subtitles, the Blu-ray and DVD both contain a making-of featurette.

Check out this vintage English-language trailer:
 

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.