It took a long time – but now the “ death march of the beasts ” can be seen in German home cinemas again. The brutal western, which later mutated into a survival thriller set in a frosty landscape, like the award-winning The Revenant , was indexed in 1983. In 1991 it was decided that this was not enough and the film was confiscated.
This decision was only recently revised — and it was also removed from the index and a FSK re-examination followed. Now the Mediacs label has released “Death March of the Beasts” uncut and legal with an FSK from 18 . A 2-disc media book is now available from Amazon, among others.
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The media book contains the film on DVD and Blu-ray and is limited to 999 copies. However, other editions are also available from other retailers, so don’t feel like Mediacs is gunning you down.
This is «Death March of the Beasts»
Northerner Sergeant Brown ( Claudio Undari ) has accepted a veritable suicide mission: to bring a group of felons to a forced labor camp in the dead of winter. This suicide mission means a 400-mile march through rough, frosty terrain — and for support he has two soldiers and his daughter Kathy ( Emma Cohen ) at his side. It happens as it had to happen: The transport is attacked by bloodthirsty gangsters and a brutal fight for survival follows…
The hard-hitting snow western by director José Romero Marchent was made in 1972. At that time, Spanish and Italian filmmakers were constantly outbidding each other in terms of who could break more taboos and capture heavier heaviness on celluloid. It was this era of western cinema that inspired Quentin Tarantino to create such films as «Django Unchained» and «The Hateful 8» , the latter also showing some parallels to «Death March of the Beasts». This Western era also regularly drove German youth protection activists to despair, as the publication history of «Death March of the Beasts» impressively proves.
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