MPI to Issue Netflix Movie ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ on Disc March 28

MPI Media Group will release the acclaimed Netflix movie remake All Quiet on the Western Front on disc.

The film, nominated for numerous awards, including a Best Picture Oscar, will be issued in a two-disc, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc “mediabook” on March 28.

All Quiet on the Western Front is nominated for nine Academy Awards and recently won seven BAFTA awards, among them Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. The German Film Academy has also shortlisted the film for the German Film Awards.

The 4K UHD features the original German audio (with English subtitles) in Dolby Atmos audio of the original and 4K Dolby Vision image. The mediabook packaging comes with a 24-page booklet that includes a conversation with director Edward Berger and an interview with historian and professor Daniel Schönpflug on the historical background of All Quiet On The Western Front.

All Quiet On The Western Front tells the poignant story of a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I. A 17-year-old, Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), and his friends are extremely eager to go to war, to beat the French soundly and march to Paris victorious. This is how the boys imagine it. This is the war they are promised by their principal in a rousing speech. 

The enthusiasm, however, does not last long. When they arrive at the Western Front after days of marching, it’s pouring rain. The trenches are filling up and fast becoming a swamp. But the French do not wait to attack. 

What follows portrays Paul and his comrades’ first-hand experience of how the initial euphoria of war turns into horror, suffering and fear as they desperately fight for their lives in the trenches.

Based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front was made into a movie the following year. Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, and Ben Alexander. The film won two Academy Awards, Best Director for Milestone and Best Outstanding Production.

It was later remade by ITC Entertainment as a television movie in 1979, on the novel’s 50th anniversary, with a cast that includes Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.


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