Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Enemy at the Gates DVD (2001)

The European blockbuster "Enemy at the Gates" marches triumphantly onto a DVD that's awarded the film with as many extra features as it can muster.

Picture quality is impeccable, with the cold whites, greys and blues of the battlefield icy sharp in detail.

The sounds of war come in optional Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes. Both are impressively ferocious in explosive sound design, although the DTS does seem to be even more intense.

Two 'making of' featurettes are included on this DVD. The first, 'Inside "Enemy at the Gates"', is far less cheesy than the gushing 'Through the Crosshairs', although if you want to see hear what Bob Hoskins has to say about the movie, you'll have to watch the latter. Both have interviews with principal cast and crew, with both Jude Law and Rachel Weisz commenting on the training they went through for the movie.

Writer/director Jean-Jacques Annaud sits in for an audio commentary, and he's a pleasure to listen to. Crucially, he talks about the massive set design of the movie - which isn't really covered anywhere else on the disc.

Sadly he doesn't provide any commentary for the eight deleted scenes but, if you wish, you can opt to watch the film with them included. Just be warned that they're not technically as complete as the rest of the movie in picture or sound quality. There are plenty of other features to explore as listed below, and special mention should be made of the impressive 3D-animated main menu design.

Region: 2
Chapters: 19
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, audio commentary with writer/director Jean-Jacques Annaud, 'Inside "Enemy at the Gates" making of featurette, 'Through the Crosshairs' behind-the-scenes featurette, Pathé documentary on the Stalingrad battle, deleted scenes, storyboard comparisons, poster campaign gallery, cast and crew filmographies, trailer (in 5.1), animated menus, and English captions for the hearing impaired.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Writer: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard

Stars: Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Ron Perlman, Bob Hoskins, Eva Mattes

Genre: War

Length: 131 minutes

Cinema: 16 March 2001

DVD: 19 November 2001

Country: Germany/USA/UK/Ireland