Don’t miss out! Argunners Magazine keeps you updated on new (top) Movie & Documentary releases, so that you don’t miss out anything. In this list are the new WORLD WAR II MOVIE, DOCUMENTARY and TV-SERIES RELEASES for the the YEAR 2015.
“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.“
Europeans can buy “1944 Brothers Enemies” here (on Amazon). 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. The trailer can be seen on our website here.
Son of Paul (Saul Fia)
Son of Saul is set in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1944, and one Hungarian Jewish prisoner named Saul (played by Géza Röhrig) is a member of the Sonderkommando, a group of prisoners given humiliating and illusory privileges as trusties, with minor increases in food ration in return for their carrying the bodies from the gas chambers to pyres to be burned, then carting the ashes away to be dumped. The task is carried out at a frantic, ever-accelerating rate around the clock, as the Allies close in. Among the dead, Saul discovers the body of his young son, and sets out to find a rabbi among the prisoners to give the boy a proper burial in secret, using pleas, threats, blackmail and bribes – with jewelry (called the “shiny”) that he steals from the bodies – to achieve his aim. Saul’s desperate mission is carried out with the same urgent, hoarse whispers and mutterings as another plot in progress: a planned uprising, which Saul’s intentions may upset.
You can Pre-order it on Amazon (U.S.) (set to be released April 16, 2016) and on Amazon (U.K.) (to be released June 27, 2016). You can watch the trailer here on our website. Academy Award Winner “Best Film in Foreign Language”.
X Company is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of World War 2 espionage and covert operations.
It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. These agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they’re fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hellholes in the field, it’s one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X.
LITTLE BOY is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7-year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.
You can buy this movie on Amazon (U.S.) and Amazon (U.K.). You can watch the trailer here on our website. Highly rated on Amazon although major review websites rank it low? Check the trailer and vote yourself.
Home Fires (TV-Series)
Acclaimed actresses Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond lead an impressive ensemble cast in a new six-part drama for ITV.
Home Fires follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community where the shadow of World War II is casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.
Battle for Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol)
The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women alike. Seeing Pavlichenko as a tangible threat, the German High Command gives orders to eliminate the girl whatever the cost.
In the meanwhile, Lyudmila meets a man and falls in love. War fades into the background… Soon, however, another misfortune befalls Lyudmila leaving the man she loves on the brink of death and herself seriously wounded.
The girl is pulled out of combat and later goes to the United States with a publicity visit. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomes Lyudmila in the White House and the two women soon become close. It won’t be long before Pavlichenko stands before an audience in Chicago pressing for a second front. Will her words have the capacity to change the course of war?
The Heavy Water War (The Saboteurs)
The Heavy Water War also known as The Saboteurs. It’s a six-part dramatization of one of the most exciting stories from the Second World War – the German efforts to develop an atomic bomb and the Allies desperate struggle to prevent it from happening.
The series starts in Stockholm in 1933 when German scientist Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and is congratulated by his mentor Niels Bohr a previous Nobel Prize winner. One of the dramatic high points is the daring sabotage mission to blow up the heavy water factory in the Norwegian mountains in 1943.
Leading English, Norwegian and German actors portray real life characters and we get to understand their dilemmas and challenges in this epic story, the outcome of which will determine the future of democracy.
Elser (13 Minutes)
Downfall (Der Untergang) director Oliver Hirschbiegel is back in the WWII time period with 13 Minutes (Elser: Er hätte die Welt verändert), which has the first trailer online. Based on a true story, the movie revolves around Adolf Hitler, which focuses on a lively carpenter from Germany named Georg Elser and his conspirators’ assassination attempt on the life of the Third Reich’s leader.
From the director of the Academy-Award nominated Downfall – 13 MINUTES tells the incredible true story of the man who nearly changed the world – Georg Elser, a carpenter who attempted to carry out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich 1939. The film follows Georg’s fascinating confession, of not only how a seemingly non-political man came to this point, but also delving into his personal relationships and how they were affected by his beliefs, especially with the love of his life, Elsa.
April 9th (9. April)
In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe’s strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company – they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940.
9. April was directed by Roni Ezra and the screenplay was by Tobias Lindholm. The outline story of the movie was based on eyewitness accounts, conversations and interviews with the few surviving veterans, who fought the invading German Army on this faithful day April 9, 1940.
Nackt unter Wölfen
Nackt unter Wölfen (translated as Naked Among Wolves) is a 2015 German drama film directed by Philipp Kadelbach.
The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Bruno Apitz, which was published in 1958 by the East German Publishing house.
Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the three-year-old is sure to die. On the other hand, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS.
It’s August, 1944. The Soviet Troops continue the offensive in Eastern Poland. The lieutenant Egorov’ subdivision gets the task to hold the bridge to be crossed by the Soviet Army units. On arrival to the position the soldiers find the destroyed monastery and the group of deaf-mute orphans with their teacher Eve inside.
Eve has lost the faith but she finds the sense of life in taking care of and saving infirm and defenceless children. There is complicated choice for Egorov – if he executes the order of the headquarters he has to compromise the little Poles. The artillerymen try to do their best to prevent children’s death…
You can see the trailer on our website. Nothing of a release outside Russia is known.
Winston Churchill – A Giant in the Century (His life in Colour)
Beyond the famous speeches and wealth of media material on the statesman, we span the century as seen from behind the scenes of an exceptional itinerary in order to capture the true dimension of one of the greatest European political figures. Like a thrilling biopic, by turn moving, funny and epic, our documentary is up to its hero.
Carefully remastered and colorized, the film draws from a wealth of visual and sound archives, to give an all-encompassing view of both the private and public man. Through the contrasted chapters of his existence, it thus offers a new, unseen before perspective on Churchill’s character and how he related to power and his contemporaries in order to lift the veil on a colourful, puzzling, paradoxical and captivating personality.
NOVA: Nazi Attack on America
Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Now, famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans. U-166 was part of Operation Drumbeat, a highly successful U-boat operation that caught East Coast cities and shipping almost completely unprepared. With state-of-the-art survey gear Ballard probes the wreck and explores a dramatic mystery in the official story of the sub’s sinking.
The Voices of Battle of Britain
It was a crucial moment of WW2. 1940. The Royal Air Force, virtually alone, defended the skies of Britain against massed formations of German bombers. They put up such a ferocious defence that Hitler gave up ideas of invading Britain and turned his attention to an assault on the Soviet Union. Of those pilots who courageously flew their Spitfires and Hurricanes against the Luftwaffe barely a handful remain. However the authors have interviewed no less than eighteen survivors and it is their memories and anecdotes that make this book unique. Highly illustrated throughout with rarely seen images, Battle of Britain is packed with great stories of aerial combat and being shot down, of the classic fighters that they flew and fought in and against, of making and losing friends and colleagues; of a strained social life in the midst of battle; and, most of all, of standing steadfast in the face of overwhelming odds. It is coupled with an authoritative and lively narrative.
The 2 DVDs included are: Voices From The Battle Of Britain PART 1 Voices From The Battle Of Britain PART 2 Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain In association with RAF Museum Hendon Interviews with 20 of The Few An authoritative accompanying narrative From the authors of the highly-acclaimed The Dambuster Squadron Illustrated with an amazing range of rarely seen images 2 DVDs packed with rare archive footage and interviews with the Few.
The Last Rescue
Shortly after D-Day, three American soldiers and two Army Corps nurses are stranded behind enemy lines. They take a high-ranking German officer as their prisoner and try to orchestrate an escape.
Autumn 1944, in a French countryside torn by conflict Private James Lewis hesitates in battle, endangering his commanding officer Captain Beckett (Brett Cullen, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider, Lost). While desperately trying to save Beckett s life, surrounded by blood and shell fire, the field hospital is overrun by Nazi forces who capture the soldiers as prisoners of the Third Reich. Heavy with mud and despair, the journey to a POW camp is cut short by gunfire, as American paratroopers launch a counter attack, taking the Nazi officers as hostages. As Beckett’s condition worsens, they begin a long and harrowing trek through enemy-occupied territory. With the enemy fast on their trail, their treacherous journey leads them through forests and farms and deeper into the Nazis’ clutches. As their path to escape grows increasingly hopeless, Private Lewis, haunted by his prior failures, has to muster courage and strength to mount a last-ditch rescue and lead his brothers to freedom.
Brothers of War
Spring 1939. Brothers Jake and Greg Jackson’s bitter rivalry gets to a breaking point when war reaches the land. Poetry lover Greg unexpectedly signs up for front-line battle in France while unspoken secrets and lies tear the family apart. It will take decades and the courage of two brothers to unearth the buried truths and finally set the family free.
Farm boy, Jake, lives for girls, guns and adrenalin; his younger brother, Greg, loves poetry. The tensions and bitter rivalry between t-e two finally erupt into bloody, life-changing violence. With the dark clouds of war looming over England’s green and pleasant land, it is Greg who unexpectedly signs up for front line battle in France. Against a backdrop of chaos and uncertainty, Greg discovers a world of uncompromising brutality. His journey through war-torn France exposes the very best and very worst of human nature along with the realization that, no matter how far you run, the past will always find a way of catching up with you.
Under Sandet (Land of Mine)
A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.
Kätilö (Wildeye) tells the story of a Finnish midwife who falls in love with a German-Finnish Waffen-SS officer during the Lapland War, in the middle of World War II.
It’s a Finnish romantic war drama film directed by Antti Jokinen. It is an adaptation of Finnish author Katja Kettu’s bestselling 2011 novel Kätilö set before and during Lapland War. The film stars Krista Kosonen and Lauri Tilkanen with Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Leea Klemola, Seppo Pääkkönen, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela, and Johannes Brotherus.
Bletchley Park: Code-Breaking’s Forgotten Genius
Gordon Welchman was one of the original elite codebreakers crucial to the allies defeating the Nazis in World War II. He is the forgotten genius of Bletchley Park. Filmed extensively at Bletchley Park, the centre for codebreaking operations during World War II, this documentary features the abandoned buildings where thousands of people worked tirelessly trying to crack the codes, Hut 6, where Welchman pioneered his groundbreaking work, and the machines that Welchman helped design.
Post-war, Welchman moved to the United States to be at the nerve centre of the computer revolution. He was employed by the Mitre Corporation, a US defence contractor, and engaged in top secret work. Recently released top secret documents reveal that the case of Gordon Welchman reached the desk of the British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and then led to questions being asked in the House of Commons after Welchman’s untimely death. Welchman’s legacy continues to this day as Professor John Naughton and former CIA analyst Cynthia Storer reveal how Welchman’s pioneering work in the field of traffic analysis led directly to the modern secret surveillance state, and particularly the use of metadata – as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
This can be seen online on YouTube.
Soldiers of the Damned
It’s the Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler’s occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.
I’m putting this one on same shelf as War Pigs. Should there be anyone interested.. Find it on Amazon.
Unsurrendered 2 – The Forgotten Filipino Guerrillas
When WWII broke out in the Philippines, the youth were not asked to fight in the regular army, in the hopes of preserving the nation’s future. So instead, they organized one of the earliest resistance groups, stole firearms from under the noses of the Japanese and put the fate of the country in their own hands. This is the story of the young and brave Filipinos in the World War II: The Hunters ROTC Guerrillas. The sequel to Unsurrendered: 100 Voices, this epic 53-minute documentary by young director Bath Logrofio commemorates our heroes during the most pivotal event of the 20th century.
You can see the trailer here on our website.
During World War II in Greece, under the submission of Germans, one Christian, Giorgos, falls in love with a Jewish, Estrea, something completely forbidden. Can they and their families overcome all the obstacles, along with racial discriminations and hardship? The story mainly takes place in an ouzeria, in which Tsitsanis works, one of the greatest Greek composer, librettist and singer in the 20th century.
Saints and Soldiers: War Pigs
Disgraced World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secret mission to go behind enemy lines to uncover and capture a Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3, a massive artillery canon that would give the Nazis an insurmountable advantage against the Allies.
With the help of Captain Hans Picault, a German Anti-Nazi serving with the French Foreign Legion and Colonel AJ Redding, a battle hardened WW1 veteran, Jack must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit. What are your opinions on this new upcoming movie? Feel free to post your comments below.
For those who are really… really… but really… interested, you can buy the DVD on Amazon (U.S.) and on Amazon (U.K.). The movie is however poorly rated. And just may be the baddest war movie of 2015. Just watch the trailer first.
Flight World War II
Caught in a battle between Allied and German Forces, the passengers of a modern day 757 fight to stay alive after their plane mysteriously travels back in time to 1940. In their desperation to stay alive and return home safely, they manage turn the tide that wins the war in Europe.
According to the DVD Cover.. “Based on true events”!
Maybe I should give War Pigs a little credit after seeing this movie. Terrible.. and just add whatever film related word you want. Or maybe I should shut my mouth as I even can’t make a movie but come on.. However, as fair as I am, for those interested you can find it on Amazon (U.S.).
Silver Wings/Flying Dreams The Complete Story Of The Women Airforce Service Pilots
This is the amazing true story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first women to pilot American military aircraft. Surviving WASP relive their personal experiences and the challenges they faced while ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for live anti-aircraft practice. They also bring to light their sixty-six year long struggle for recognition and veterans rights.
Written, produced and directed by Bill Suchy and edited by Gerald J. Godbout III, Silver Wings / Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (New title) is a feature documentary that tells the story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, were able to shatter the glass ceiling and defy the convention that women had no place in the cockpit of a military aircraft. They were the first female pilots of American military aircraft and helped win the war by ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice.