Copenhagen

Copenhagen

DVD - 2015
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Drama based on a pivotal meeting in 1941 between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.
Publisher: [Place of Publication unknown] : BBC Worldwide , [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2002
Branch Call Number: COPENHAG
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,stereo and surround,2.0 and 5.1 Dolby digital,rda
2 videodiscs : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Jul 26, 2017

There's two DVD's included in this set. The eponymously titled first disc contains a semi-fictional account of a meeting between the Danish citizen Bohr and the German Heisenberg, set at Bohr's Copenhagen home during the midst of WWII. It's very very slow going. I gave up arouind the midway point, and instead watched an included BBC newsreel about the actual events. It's short and moves at a quick pace and is quite interesting. It's on the DVD's "Extras" section. I can't recommend the main feature on disk 1 though. The acting is ok, but the story is too slow going. I don't even think avid scientists will brook the pace. For Disc 1, I recommend the BBC newsreel featurette rather than the main feature.

Disc 2 contains a 4-segment feature, a semi-fictional biographical account about Ian Fleming's WWII years. Why disc 2 is included with disc 1 as a set, I can't explain that. The story on disk 1 isn't really related to disc 2, expect perhaps in an obscure way. But disc 2 is included, so what you gonna do? Ian Fleming was a Commander in the British Royal Navy Intelligence unit, and if the story as told on the DVD is to believed, Fleming led quite a life during those years. Lots of wine, women, song, and even a little spy games. Better yet, some hints at what was yet to come, as enfolded in his James Bond stories published in the 1950's and early 60's. All four segments are very well acted, interesting, but not quite enthralling. One problem: The story borders on being hard to believe. Still, especially for James Bond fans, Disc 2 is definitely worth a watch.

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