All Quiet On The Western Front DVD
Unlike most "message" films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) declares, "We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all." All Quiet is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a fatal butterfly.
|Audio||English Mono 2.0|
|Case Type||Amaray Single|
|Cast||John Wray,Lew Ayres,Edmund Breese,Arnold Lucy,Ben Alexander,Beryl Mercer,Owen Davis Jr,Richard Alexander,Louis Wolheim,Harold Goodwin,Walter Rogers,William Bakewell,Russell Gleason,Scott Kolk,Slim Summerville|
|Colour||Black & White|
|HOH (Hard of Hearing)||Yes|