“1944” Movie on the Estonian Waffen-SS available!

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1944 - Brüder - Feinde DVDGood news for enthusiast of war movies! The long-awaited Estonian World War II Movie 1944 has been released today, 6 October 2015, on the German Amazon website, which is good news for Europeans who will be able to play the DVD. The Blu-Ray DVD is called “Brüder Feinde” (translated Brothers Enemies). Running time is 100 minutes.

“1944” deals with the events of 1944 in Estonia, from the Battle of Tannenberg Line in July until the Sõrve Peninsula fell into the hands of the Red Army in November. The film focuses on the individual within the context of war, rather than war itself, and shows the war from both perspectives – those of the Red Army and the German Army.

“Unlike most other countries, where single nationality was fighting for one side or faction, Estonian men had to choose between two Nations (fight for Germany or fight for Soviet-Union) in hopes for future re-independence or at least autonomy for their homeland. This specific war was the darkest time, as Estonian soldiers fought against fought each other. They hoped for the best solution, but they weren’t really ready for the worst, because neither the Germany or the Soviet-Union would never let them have their independence or any mayor freedom again.

If the underneath screenshots can’t convince you to watch this movie, this trailer will! Europeans find “1944 Brothers Enemies” here (on Amazon). For U.S. Citizens “Brothers Enemies” still hasn’t been released in the U.S., if you want to see this you’ll need a DVD/Blu-Ray player that is able to play Region 2 discs. Editorial note: there are no English subtitles.

“1944” Brothers Enemies

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Waffen-SS volunteer Karl Tammik is seventeen years old, when his parents and younger sister are deported to Siberia in 1941. He has a lucky escape – he’s simply not at home on the day of the deportation.

Repressions organised by the Soviet power in the years 1940 and 1941 – arrests of innocent people, deportations and executions – motivate many Estonians to join the German, their all time historic enemy. Karl is one of them. By the summer of 1944 he is an experienced frontline soldier of the Estonian 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.

Jüri Jõgi, senior sergeant of the Red Army, is summoned to the Estonian Defence Forces in 1939 to perform his military service. In June 1940 his unit watches the Red Army march in.

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Synopsis (from Eyewell):

The Battle of Tannenberg Line, second to Stalingrad, the bloodiest conflict on the Eastern Front. Volunteer infantry battalions from Denmark, East Prussia, Flanders, Holland, Norway and Wallonia within the Waffen-SS fight off Soviet Army’s thrust at Germany. 

Half of the SS infantry consists of local Estonian conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation of their small country. Motivated until they meet their brothers in the Soviet Army. Estonian men, deported by Stalin in 1939, now brought out of Siberian labour camps and returning home in enemy uniforms. 

Estonian World War II Movie 1944

The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg declared the SS to be a criminal organization, but exonerated the Baltic Waffen-SS units. The US Displaced Persons Commission in September 1950 and other decisions by Western Allies have drawn the same distinction.

Today 70 years on, the makers of Estonia’s biggest ever box-office success “Names in Marble”, try to show the hopes, aims and drama of these men and the ones close to them as objectively as possible. A thrilling war movie, full of action, love, tears and laughter takes us back to one of the most controversial events in history.

It is unknown when the DVD will be released in the U.S. but we will of course keep you updated!

Estonian World War II Movie 1944

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5 Comments

  1. I bought on February 2016 a copy of the film realesed on Blu-ray in M+L Germany through Amazon.com and despite the ítem description offered the product with subtitles in English, German and Czech when I received it and try to play it was only AUDIO German and Subtitles German where available at the firm (estonian descriptions, for example). I send a claim to M+L and they confirm there is no english realease at the momento and that the description was being wrong displayed at Amazon.- Now they have correct but there is no english versión of 1944!!!

  2. Hi, I have the Blu-ray player to play this but I cannot find any confirmation of subtitles anywhere on the Blu-ray or DVD version of this film online. Nothing on the back cover etc. Are you certain there are English subtitles for the German release of Brüder / Feinde? I have seen it was released in USA November 4th but I cannot find it anywhere….

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