I encourage everyone to boycott this DVD before all DVDs become infested with PUO commercials (just rent it). I believe this DVD and Finding Neverland are initial tests to see how much advertising crap movie-lovers will put up with. I like movie-previews on DVDs, but scotch-tape ads??
As for the movie, the acting is great and the cinematography excellent, but by the end I felt there was something missing. I'm a great fan of Terry Gilliam's Python movies and Brazil but his emotionally-detached style and his breakneck pacing seems out of place for a script like this. I felt the slapstick should have been toned down a little to let both the brooding atmosphere and the triangular romance between the Brothers and Angelika breathe a little.
I wanted to love the movie - the visual elements were fantastic and it had the makings of what could have been one for my favorite movies.
Unfortunately, it has nothing else going for it. The blatant french racism. The characters that make Jar Jar Binks look GOOD in comparason. The bad accents - NONE of which were German - in Germany! The direction was atrocious, the scenes were stitched together by what seemed like a high-school editing staff.
Normally I can accept when a bad movie is bad - but what made me so mad about this movie was that it was so close to being awesome - only to be butchered by the director.
As if that wasn't enough, they make you sit through a Scotch Tape commercial at the beginning of the movie. What a joke - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. If Alliance-Atlantis are going to pull monsterous DVD releases like this in the future, I'll never be buying - OR - renting another one of their movies again.