DVD Review: The Reich Underground (re the Nazi Tunnel Systems and Subterranean Factories)

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RELEASE DETAILS

Title: The Reich Underground
Release Date: 05/20/2008
Label/Distributor: First Run
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Retail Price: $24.95
Genre: Art House & International Cast: Reich Underground
Running Time: 104
DVD Video Options: Black & White, Color, DVD-Video
DVD Audio Options: English, Subtitled; German, Original Language
DVD Extras: filmmaker biography.
UPC Code: 720229913232
A look at the underground tunnel system that the Germans built during World War II to house their armament factories.

The Reich Underground
By Cheryl Cheng -- Video Business, 5/12/2008

FIRST RUN
Street: May 20
Prebook: now

Interesting film about the Nazi tunnel systems during WWII.

This fascinating documentary by Michael Kloft (The Goebbels Experiment) travels underground to examine the subterranean factories that the Nazis built during World War II.

Kloft provides ample detail about the mechanics behind the tunnel systems as well as the conditions that laborers endured to build them. Reich Underground also has some rare footage of Adolf Hitler and propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels.

Shelf Talk: Educators, libraries and museums are the most obvious target for this title. For those who have seen The Counterfeiters, this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Reich Underground will be a suitable companion piece, as they both explore a part of the Nazi regime that hasn't received much coverage.

Documentary, color and B/W, NR (disturbing visuals), 104 min., DVD $24.95

Extras: filmmaker bio
Director: Michael Kloft
First Run: DVD premiere

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