DVD Release: Deutschland 83

DVD Release Date: Sept. 29, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber


Kino Lorber makes a foray into the international television program market with the acclaimed German program Deutschland 83.

Jonas Nay and Maria Schrader in Deutschland 83

Jonas Nay and Maria Schrader in Deutschland 83

Produced for RTL Television in Germany by UFA Fiction, the producers of the international Emmy award-winning Generation War, the eight-episode Deutschland 83 is the first German-language series to be broadcast in the USA (on SundanceTV in June, 2015). And it is Kino Lorber’s first home entertainment release of an international TV series.

Created by Anna and Jörg Winger, Deutschland 83 is an espionage-oriented coming-of-age drama-thriller set against the real events, culture wars, and political realities of Germany during the 1980s. The series presents a vivid depiction of Germany at the height of the Cold War, depicting the ever-growing tensions (cultural, political and socio-economic) between the East and West. Featuring a soundtrack of ’80s pop hits from artists such as Nena, Peter Schilling, Duran Duran, Phil Collins and more and presenting a different perspective on similar historical events as seen in the current TV show The Americans, Deutschland 83 is told from the point of view of a 24-year-old East German soldier (Jonas Nay) who goes undercover in West Germany and encounters a different way of life through his experiences.

Presented in German with English subtitles, the DVD includes all eight episodes on three discs, and features interviews and a Q&A with the show’s cast and creators as supplements.

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