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Wings of Desire (Widescreen Special Edition) [Import]
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From Oscar®-nominated* writer/director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club) comes this "exhilarating" (Vanity Fair) and life-affirming tale that won him the 1987 Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival and inspired City of Angels. Co-written with Peter Handke, this "enchanting" (The New York Times) film about the joy of life is "that rare thing a work of true originality" (Newsweek)! Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is a lonely angel who roams the streets of Berlin providing comfort to mortals in need. But when he is drawn into the life of a beautifuland troubledtrapeze artist, he experiences love for the first time and does everything in his power to be seen, heard and felt by her. Jeopardizing his divine position, Damiel is faced with a most difficult decision: either give up love or lose his eternal wings forever! *1999: Documentary Feature, Buena Vista Social Club
This Special Edition illustrates how time to reflect can create better DVD extras. Looking back 16 years after his film debuted in 1987, director Wim Wenders examines it with new eyes. The movie--largely unscripted, we learn--is a love letter to Berlin, a town in flux (it was shot before "the Wall" fell). Wender's dry, insightful commentary takes us through the genesis of the film and the importance of the real-world settings, many of which no longer exist. Peter Falk is also on the commentary track and, like his presence in the film, offers a punch of earnest emotion and humor. Much of the 45-minute featurette repeats Wenders's commentary points. Many of the key talents are interviewed and director Brad Silverberg takes on a role as the film's fan (he later made the Americanization, City of Angels). There's some 20 minutes of deleted scenes (polished and unpolished) including material that was reshot for the sequel. The packed disc includes an offbeat trailer or two along with a gorgeous transfer of the remarkable film. --Doug Thomas
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Some facts about this film...It was begun as Wim Wender's tribute to Berlin. Filmed in 1987 before the fall of The Wall, it was almost entirely unscripted when production began, so the film evolved as it was being created. It is really interesting to see Berlin just before the fall of The Wall. The cinematography is magnificent. Alternating between BW and color, it takes on a dreamlike quality the is no less than stunning. Much dialog in the film is voice-over, adding to the other worldliness of it.
Additionally. the packaging is really worthwhile with neat extras. The menu page is even beautiful.
Now a disclaimer. Wings of Desire is not a Hollywood blockbuster that is going to hit you over the head with blatant scripting, plot progression and tidy resolutions. (And I am not blasting Hollywood.) It is a German film, in German, French and English, that is over two hours long. The stellar reviews of this film may incite you to expect too much. This film is a poem - sit back relax, let it settle into you and don't try to figure it out.
I can give this no less than 5 stars, because it is truly the closest that I have seen to cinema fully realized.Read more ›
The special features on this DVD really are special. Aside from the audio commentary track, there's an insightful documentary that provides crucial information about the chaotic yet fruitful creative process that Wenders used. It's amazing that the final product displays so much integrity. (This sense of unity may be due largely to the inspired choice of collaborators, which included the 80-year-old cinematographer who shot "Beauty and the Beast" for Cocteau years ago. The B&W footage is incredibly subtle and fluid.)
Highly recommended. Don't be put off by the first reel, which may seem stagy or overly verbal. Let the film, and the city, seduce you.
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I bought a copy of this, after reading the generally excellent reviews. Oops! It's Region 2, meaning that I can't play it on any of my DVD or BluRay machines. D-oh!Published 17 months ago by James M. Irwin
it is one of those that sometimes I treasure and I will see this again but it was sent right away and in perfect condition. Read morePublished on March 5 2014 by Jacque
What an absolutely haunting delight. With its introspective pacing, which some may find slower than their cinematic taste allows, the film takes its own sweet time setting things... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Nearly Nubile
Yes, I loved this film when I saw it in the theatre. But I have to admit, watching the DVD, that it is mostly dull, slow-moving, and pretentious. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by bruther
One of the most touching films created by Wim Wenders, Wings of Desire follows two angels, one of whom decides that his love of a woman is worth more than his heavenly life... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
If my soul could speak
This film is what it would say
Wings brush past my face
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