Adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.
Digitally remastered and restored, includes new restoration featurette.
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 DTS Surround, DTS Master Audio
Classification: PG (Mild themes and violence)
Language: English , Italian , French , Japanese , German , Spanish
Number of Discs: 1
Region: B (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 29th February 2012
Running Time: 133.0 mins