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The Monuments Men

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
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 ; director, George Clooney
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2014
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Special features: George Clooney's mission; Marshalling the troops
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
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.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MONUMENTS
Distributor: [Culver City, Calif.] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [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.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital
Other Language: In English and dubbed French (Doublé au Québec); English, French, and Spanish subtitles; English and French (Doublé au Québec) descriptive audio tracks for people with visual disabilities
Subject Headings: Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section History Drama Art thefts Germany History 20th century Drama World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany Drama World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe Drama Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century Drama Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
War films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Topical Term: Art thefts
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art treasures in war
Cultural property
Publisher No: 42488 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Sep 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Sep 04, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Its fun watching the great cast,.. but the subject matter is important, and deserved better film-making.

( Kev's PICks: Before seeing "The Monuments Men",.. check out the documentary "The Rape of Europa", to learn about the real deal on the 'monumental' Nazi art heist...and with a much shorter library waiting time.

And don't miss "The Ghost Army" !
Based on recently declassified information and footage, it is the fascinating story of the unorthodox use of artists and theater folk in frontline combat deception,.. which hastened victory, and saved the lives of thousands of G.I.'s !!)

Sep 03, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great, true story (accuracy? who knows, matters not, most films take dramatic license). A little self-serving, a little schmaltzy, but has great moments (the Christmas scene is outstanding). These are very human stories and inspire a range of emotions. Direction is a bit choppy and does not flow well but the flaws do not detract from the heroic deeds of these men.

Never really liked George Clooney (overrated) but he has done a great service by making this film and honoring this group.

Sep 01, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing piece of history that I was unaware of -- this incredible WWII task force literally rescuing an enormous amount of 'kidnapped' irreplaceable masterworks... Clooney's presentation of it was too polished and definitely wanting; perhaps a History Channel documentary of it would've been more effective. I'm still in awe of this astonishing undertaking accomplished by those brave unsung heroes regardless.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Amusing, and about an important event. Accuracy?

Aug 14, 2014
  • SeaWolf97 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

disappointed. slow,tedious . Sanitized as if Disney made it
Almost like a big cigarette commercial , the enemy will talk as long as you give them a free smoke :(
Poor detail, big gaps , most actors were wasted.
No suspense or even how they recovered.
Privates roaming around Europe during a war , unimpeded, walking into hordes of stolen art ?

The main theme/question "is art worth a life" ? really deep.

Aug 12, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was good, loved the cast. Really interesting to learn about this part of the war.

Aug 11, 2014
  • blacksheep_95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I hate war movies, and yet I not only watch them I feel compelled to watch them. This story was good, the humor was subtle and tasteful. You connected with the characters.

Aug 11, 2014
  • badgirls rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie feels old fashioned and I found that appealing-it has it's good guys and bad guys. The cast is a bit uneven and some characters are hardly developed. The story of how a crew of art historians, curators, architects etc. became soldiers and went to Europe near the end of the Second World War to try to save art looted by the Nazi's is fascinating. It also tries to answer the question is art worth a human life? A better question might have been, how can we understand history and culture without it's art? Anyways it's worth watching not only for the history but perhaps to also think about the role of culture in our busy modern lives? How do we define ourselves in this age of ever changing technology?

Aug 10, 2014
  • sudog rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Watch the Rape of Europa..it is more factual..
Not sure about the "Hollywood" add-ons. Guess they will lose money on a movie with the big named actors.
The good thing about it is that it reminds the current generation of what happened then..

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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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