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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: "Hindenburg: The Last Flight" DVD Review

Created: 02/18/2014 9:12 AM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I really don’t know that much about the history of the Hindenburg, but I do know that it was a horrible tragedy that happened in the 1930s.

I just finished watching a very interesting film by Anchor Bay called “Hindenburg: The Last Flight.”  It is a fictional story about what could have happened on that tragic flight, and it is very entertaining.

“Hindenburg: The Last Flight” is a two part mini-series that aired on Encore.  It stars, Maximilian Simonichek, Lauren Lee Smith, and Stacy Keach.

The story is about a Hindenburg engineer, Merten Kroger (Maximilian Simonichek), who loves flying named and learns that there is a bomb on board the Hindenburg.  He doesn’t know who has it or who is all involved, so he must try and figure everything out before the bomb goes off.

Jennifer van Zandt (Lauren Lee Smith) along with her mother is in Germany trying to negotiate an deal for the American oil industry.  They get a message that Edward van Zandt (Stacy Keach) is sick, and they must hurry back to America.  It just so happens that there is a flight to American on the Hindenburg, so they get on. 

Merten has fallen in love with Jennifer, and he lets her know about the bomb and the two of them start figuring out who is involved with the plot to blow up the Hindenburg.

I thought that this was a great film.  The movie is three hours long and is broken up into two, one and a half hour segments.  At first I was thinking wow, this is going to be a long movie to watch, and that I would have to break it up into a couple of viewings.  After watching the first hour, I had to watch the entire film, and I did. 

The story is very exciting and full of action.  The characters are really interested, and there are other subplots that are going on at the same time that keep things moving and are nice transitions between scenes.

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay’s “Hindenburg: The Last Flight” a lot.  It was a great and exciting story with lots of action and interesting characters.  The movie was very believable even though most of the story was fiction.  I would highly recommend that you check out “Hindenburg: The Last Flight.”

“Hindenburg: The Last Flight” is not rated.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.

Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay

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