Colditz: The Complete 2-Part Miniseries
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While WWII Allied officer Jack Rose is held prisoner in Germany's notorious Colditz Castle, he recruits a band of fellow escape artists in the ultimate break-out only to discover that the greatest betrayal awaits him on safe ground.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #12572 in DVD
- Brand: PRIESTLEY,JASON
- Model: 4933371
- Published on: 2012-07-17
- Released on: 2007-06-05
- Rating: R (Restricted)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Formats: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX
- Original language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Dimensions: .50" h x 5.75" w x 7.75" l, .25 pounds
- Running time: 184 minutes
- Factory sealed DVD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
The Brits Great Escape
For those of you who own The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen and a cast of international stars, Colditz will seem to be covering the same ground. Au contraire!
In the former, the story is character-driven (who can forget McQueen and his baseball?) while in the latter the story is plot-driven. The two main characters, Damian Lewis and Tom Hardy -- and a wonderful supporting performace by Laurence Fox -- are wonderful in their roles. The main plot lies in the relationship among the two men and a woman. When the Lewis character escapes successfully and looks up Hardy's girlfriend to report he is safe. Lewis falls in love with her and schemes to win her for himself. How he does this is cunning and obsessive and brutal -- and I am not going to spoil this part for you. He is a communist, as his dialogue shows, and he hates the war, the class he is in, and his hope that the war will cause England and its class system to fail. He is working class tough and has a temper that kills. Hardy is in the Queen's Guard and his love is in the same class as he is. He, too, obsesses over her and the picture he carries with him everywhere. Lewis is made a lieutenant after he escapes and he preens before mirrors. But Hardy is already a commissioned officer and this grates on Lewis from the start.
For a war film, there is virtually no blood and gore, and the tension of the failed escapes is a bit overshadowed by the tension of the three lovers. I thought the escape attempts were exciting and Jason Priestly very good as the rat in the camp.
Some have said this film is historically inaccurate and my response is that if that sort of thing bothers you, watch a documentary. I wish the mini-series had been longer so as to expand on some of the brilliant ideas for the "tools" of the British secret service. But again, this is not a war movie but a suspenseful love story set against the war and is wonderfully entertaining. Both sexes will find something to excite them in this film.
111 of 116 people found the following review helpful.
Good History with Drama
By Jeff Tomkinson
I found this movie to be quite fascinating. There is a great cast of actors, mostly consisting of British actors considering the film is a British production.
The movie has a pretty good portrayal of what Colditz was like during the war, while having an interesting storyline.
This movie is a good mix of History and Drama. You learn about what Colditz was like, as well as an interesting storyline back on the homefront in England.
This movie is like, "The Great Escape" but with a British flare to it. So if you are a fan of escape and evade movies, then you will definitely enjoy this film.
Even though the movie didn't have the budget of some other WWII movies that come out of Hollywood, they sure made it look excellent. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
If you are interested in history.
I am a history buff and was told by several people to add this to my collection I found it hard to watch.