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: #11877 in DVD
- Brand: PRIESTLEY,JASON
- 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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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful.
One Man's Castle is Another Man's Prison: COLDITZ and Human Behavior
By Grady Harp
Colditz is a castle near Leipzig where during WW II the Nazis held Allied troops who were particularly at risk as escape artists. Many of the men had escaped POW camps prior to their incarceration in the huge castle, and the man in charge of the prison warns every new inmate that the castle is impenetrable: there is no possibility of escaping and those who attempt will be killed.
The film begins in London 1939 as men are preparing to leave for the front. Among them is a slightly naive but warmly human lad, Jack Rose (Tom Hardy) who has fallen in love with Lizzie (Sophia Myles), in a sweet, innocent union that represents the concept of 'the love we leave behind'. Jack leaves for duty with fellow soldiers Nicholas McGrade (Damian Lewis) and Tom Willis (Lawrence Fox) and soon they are captured by the Nazis and placed in a POW camp. Of course, being cunning lads, they soon escape only to be captured again and sent to the ominous Colditz - all except Nick. There they bond with men from home such as artist Sawyer (Guy Henry) and from other countries including France and Canada - among them Rhett Barker (Jason Priestly) who is a manipulator able to buy goods from Nazi guards including drugs to which he is addicted.
Nick is sent back to London where he meets Lizzie to tell her of Jack's safety. In time the two feel an attraction that proves to have fatal consequences because of Nick's obsession to have Lizzie to himself. Meanwhile the men in Colditz attempt multiple escapes only to be caught each time and put into solitary confinement. The drive to escape is aided by all of the inmates and yet their efforts are thwarted by colleagues turned informers for their own selfish needs. Artist Sawyer does escape and is assigned in London with the Intelligence outfit with Nick: he learns that supposedly Jack has been reported as killed in action (a letter forged by Nick to gain access to Lizzie's emotions) and the remainder of the story concerns the end of the war, the release of the prisoners from Colditz, and the fatal schism between the returning Jack and his rival Nick over the love of Lizzie.
Director Stuart Orme manages to keep the pace of this over three hour long film, allowing the viewer to meet and understand and care about a very large cast of characters (writers Richard Cottan and Peter Morgan have created deft personalities). Filmed in London and the Czech Republic the atmosphere is correctly captured and the large cast of characters includes many very fine cameos. If there is a single message to summarize a complex story, it is the old adage 'brothers in arms, rivals in love'. This made for television miniseries is well acted and is another opportunity to see the background stories of World War II. Recommended viewing. Grady Harp, July 07
98 of 103 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.
67 of 72 people found the following review helpful.
Little known WWII drama
By J. Stridiron
Colditz is an actual Prisnor of War camp that existed during WWII. This story centers on a group of men who are determined to escape at all costs. Some are successful and this is the story of these men. Their loves are documented and the terrible betrayal of one to another outside the walls of the prison is unimaginable. I was almost sorry to see the 2 part mini series end as the acting and plot keet us in suspense for the entire time.