|Wings of Desire (1988)
|Release Date:||July 1, 2003|
|Running Time:||2 hours 8 minutes|
Widescreen anamorphic format
Commentary by director Wim Wenders and Peter Falk
Deleted scenes with commentary by Wim Wenders
Documentary:"Angels Among Us"
Original advertising artwork
Wim Wenders promo
MGM sneak peaks
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen (1.7:1)
German/English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
German/English (Dolby Digital 2.0)Surround
|Subtitles:||English, Spanish, French.
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
"Wings of Desire" defies labels. It was the inspiration for the American romantic comedy "City of Angels." Though "Wings of Desire" deals with romantic love and has humorous elements, it isn't a romantic comedy. It is a unique film. An unforgettable cinematic experience. The film was shot in Black and White and color. Once Damiel becomes human, the film turns to color. A majority of the film is in Black and White. Beautiful cinematography.
Stunning black and white photography. Excellent delineation throughout the gray scales. Excellent detail. The color sequences are lush. Great flesh tones. No bleeding of colors. Sharp images all around. No artifacts or pixilation. Pure visual enchantment.
The ethereal soundtrack features the best harp music this side of the pearly gates. Nice balance between the ranges. I don't speak German, so I can't say if there is any loss of dialogue.
On the last 'chapter selection' screen, there is an angel icon that will reveal a poster for the movie band "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds."
The documentary "Angels Among Us" is a 45-minute look at the creation and execution of this unique movie. I was amazed to learn that this film was shot without a script. Wenders and his collaborators developed the concept and filmed off the cuff. The documentary includes interviews with all of the major cast and crewmembers. It makes a nice companion piece to the commentary track by Wenders and actor Peter Falk. If ever a film experience was accented by a commentary track it is "Wings of Desire."
The 'Interactive Map' shows various locations used in the film. Click on the site to hear the cast and crew discusses those particular scenes. The movie is filled with several great set pieces. The library scene is a standout. The interactive map includes discussions of the creation of that scene and several others.
Mr. Wenders provides commentary for a 30-minute montage of deleted scenes. Some scenes are just clips while others are lengthy and complex. Mr. Wenders provides insight into the editing process.
The Final Word:
"Wings of Desire" is a magical treat worth discovering. MGM has given the film a grand treatment. This is a must have DVD.