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The Monuments Men

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men
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An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.
Title: The monuments men
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2014].
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda
1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Special features: George Clooney's mission; Marshalling the troops.
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.
Summary: An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.
Audience: MPAA Rating PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking Canadian Home Video Rating PG.
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Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures present a Smokehouse production ; screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov ; produced by Grant Heslov, George Clooney ; directed by George Clooney ; a co-production between Obelisk Productions Limited and Studio Babelsberg
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Credits: Music, Alexandre Desplat ; costume designer, Louise Frogley ; editor, Stephen Mirrione ; production designer, Jim Bissell ; director of photography, Phedon Papamichael.
Performers: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, Dmitri Leonidas.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital.
Other Language: In English or dubbed French (Doublé au Québec); optional English, English (SDH), French, and Spanish subtitles; English and French (Doublé au Québec) descriptive audio tracks for people with visual disabilities.
Subject Headings: Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century Drama. Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany Drama. Art thefts Germany History 20th century Drama. Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section History Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Biographical films.
Historical films.
War films.
Feature films.
Film adaptations.
Topical Term: Cultural property
Art treasures in war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art thefts
Publisher No: 42488
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I agree with what most people thought of this movie: that it is "dumbed down" and Cloonified. For some reason I expected it to be a more serious and historical rendering of the subject. It is not the worst movie I've ever seen, but I'll probably never watch it again, and will not recommend it to anyone.

Nov 13, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

They picked a great cast and that's what made this movie all the more enjoyable. That and the idea of bunch of academics, archivists, museum directors and the like working to preserve great masterpieces - the film focuses on art but there were books and other artifacts as well. Pushes my professional buttons like crazy - actually gasped out loud when some paintings and documents were incinerated. Is it going to go down as a classic? Doubt it (which is sort of sad but this really isn't that kind of a movie) but it's a very enjoyable film and it's very uplifting considering the subject matter.

Nov 11, 2014
  • CedarSam rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

It's a terrible film, don't bother. Bad writing, directing, and editing. The story is so dumbed down and fragmented that is nearly meaningless. Watch "The Rape of Europa" instead, it's an absolutely gripping and beautifully produced documentary on the Nazi art thefts. GVPL has it.

Oct 31, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie has a real “oceans” feel to it, the way the characters interact with one another, the dialogue, the actions etc. Too bad it’s not as good. Nothing special here, very long and boring. Very hard to keep you attention focused in this movie. Not worth mentioning or recommending.

Oct 26, 2014
  • thislibrarysucksbad rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

One of the crappiest movies ever made. Boring and dumb. I'd rather watch grass grow in slow motion .

Oct 19, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was an okay movie, but, as usual, facts were messed with. There were people from 13 countries involved with the saving of the art, etc. If nothing else, this story shines light on a little known WW2 topic.

Oct 17, 2014
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Long and very boring.

Oct 16, 2014
  • rhvic rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

As is states at the start of the movie: "based on a true story". The book is MUCH BETTER and far more authentic. This movie is a contrivance and very disappointing after having read the truth first. Read the book and avoid the movie.

The Americans make movies that embellish their history books. Take all their puffing with a grain of salt. They even pardoned Nixon to save their history books! Never cared for Clooney either.

Oct 14, 2014
  • Kim_H rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A movie about how the Nazis saved most of Europe's art treasures from being destroyed in WW2. This is the movie that the Americans made to try to take credit for saving the art. None of the movie characters are developed!

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Jul 05, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

James: Well, if it weren't for us,
you'd be speaking German.

Claire: No. If it wasn't for you,
I might be dead.
But I would still be
speaking French.

Jul 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

President Truman: Michelangelo made it [the Bruges Madonna] right?
And you lost a man trying to save it.- Donald Jeffries. You think it was worth it, for a piece of art? Do you think Jeffries would say it was worth it, if he could speak?
Lieutenant: I think he would.

Truman: All right then, how about you, lieutenant? You were in charge, and this gets to the heart of the matter. Do you think 30 years from now, anyone's going to remember that these men died for a piece of art?
Lieutenant: Yeah.

Jul 02, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frank Stokes: You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they'll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants and that's exactly what we are fighting for.

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