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    Unique ID Code: 0000021645
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    Added on: 19/8/2001 12:13
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    Enemy at the Gates (US)

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    Some men are born to be heroes
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 131 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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    An all-star cast lights up the screen in this riveting epic hailed as "a vivid dramatization of one of history`s titanic turning points." (Gene Shalit, TODAY)

    The year is 1942 and the Nazis are cutting a deadly swath through Russia. Under the leadership of Khrushchev (Bob Hoskins), the citizens of Stalingrad are mounting a brave resistance, spurred by the exploits of their local hero, Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). An expert sniper, Vassili`s deeds have become legendary - thanks to propaganda produced by Vassili`s best friend, a political officer named Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). To stop Vassili, the Germans dispatch their best sniper, Major Konig (Ed Harris), to Stalingrad. When Vassili and Danilov both fall in love with a beautiful soldier (Rachel Weisz), Danilov deserts his friend, leaving Vassili to face his German counterpart alone. As the city burns, Vassili and Konig begin a cunning game of cat and mouse, waging a private war for courage, honor and country.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer
    Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
    Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews
    Additional Scenes

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Jean-Jacques Annaud

    Written By:

    Eva Mattes
    Ron Perlman
    Ed Harris
    Bob Hoskins
    Rachel Weisz
    Joseph Fiennes
    Jude Law

    Casting By:
    Ros Hubbard
    John Hubbard

    Soundtrack By:
    James Horner

    Director of Photography:
    Robert Fraisse

    Humphrey Dixon
    Noëlle Boisson

    Costume Designer:
    Janty Yates

    Production Designer:
    Wolf Kroeger

    John D. Schofield
    Jean-Jacques Annaud

    Executive Producer:
    Alisa Tager
    Jörg Reichl
    Roland Pellegrino
    Alain Godard

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A powerful, yet slow, war drama.
    For a change, it gives us a glimpse of life of WWII from the Soviet aspect (thus showing just how ridiculous Communism really is).
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs to be seen and the de-saturated palette is obviously intentional.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good, yet not amazing. While the movie is filled with blasts, gun shots and other war-time sound effects, the surrounds are not very active.
    The menus are all animated with sound.
    The extras include 2 featurettes and 9 deletes scenes. Nothing too exciting, though.
    Bottom line - a good war drama that tells a very good story, though in a slow pace.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 20/8/2001 18:24
    7 / 10
    Enemy at the gates is a fairly good War Drama starring Jude Law (Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, A.I.) and Rachel Wiesz (The Mummy). Not one of the better war movies, but manages to carry itself along easily enough.

    When Vassili (Jude Law) takes out some soldiers he is acclaimed a hero and becomes known as a legendary sniper as he continues to take out strong forces in Stalingrad. But Germany sends their best sniper (Ed Harris) to terminate Vassili. The snipers are now after each other and they both have a fair amount of tricks up their sleeves. But which Sniper will outsmart the other?

    The Video for this dvd is very good and sharp.

    The Audio for this dvd is pretty good with the options of:
    English 5.1 Surround
    English Dolby Surround
    French Dolby Surround

    The special features for this dvd aren`t too great. Some additional scenes, interviews, and behind the scenes features keep it from being terrible but they are still far from good.

    This movie has a good cast and not a bad plot but is often slowly paced. If you haven`t seen it go ahead and rent because overall its not a bad movie but when compared to Saving Private Ryan its quite dull.
    posted by Aaron Arneson on 15/2/2003 06:22