How to get Die (Zweite) Heimat?

  1. Go to the nearest German cultural centre and ask for it. Most Goethe Institutes around the world have a copy on video.
  2. Subscribe to the mailinglist and ask if there is someone who recorded it from television and would like to help you. My copies are PAL-recordings from the BBC and not complete and degrading a lot. You have to pick them up in Amsterdam, I don't send the pile of tapes around.
  3. Ask your local library to get a copy. This is something that Markus Bartelmess did successfully in the Badische Landesbibliothek. Also ask your videostore to get it or the upcoming DVD-release.
  4. Buy the VHS edition from Facets if you live in North America (English-subtitled, NTSC) or buy it from Absolute Medien if you live in Europe or another place with the PAL tv-system. It is not subtitled. If you need subtitling on the PAL version, this is no option.
  5. Wait for the DVD-release. Even if you do not own a DVD-player it is the best option, you can have it converted to VHS tapes in theory (depending on copy-protection measures).

If you want the DVD, let me know by sending the questionaire below to me by e-mail.

I will then put you on a list of people who will be the first to get news about the DVD release. Because e-mail addresses change so often I am planning to send out a reminder a few times a year. The first DVD-newsletter has gone out in November 2002. Please also include your postal address (or several) so we can trace you better if you can't be reached by e-mail. I will try to get a discount or some extras for everyone on the list.


Raymond wrote: "The music of both Die Heimat and Die Zweite Heimat has been released on CD. You can get the CD-box through Bella Musica: "Die Zweite Heimat - original soundtrack auf 4 CD" Bella Musica BM 003018. With the CD's BM-CD 31.6011 till 31.6014. It will cost 99.2DM plus shipping. Contact Bella Musica Tontrager GmbH, Rheinstrasse 26, D - 77815 Buhl, Baden.

The German Amazon site lists this item as unavailable:
are available."

Sudan wrote: "the DZH CD's can be bought from a German mail-order company named: JPC
They have all 3 Volumes of the OST as well as the complete series on 7 VHS. I know, I have them all.
The CD's cost 18,99 EUR each, the Video set costs 149 EUR (quite expensive, but worth it) You can order online and should recieve the package within 2-3 Weeks within Europe, 4-6 Weeks outside of Europe. The Website is in German, English, French and in Nederlands"

In the United States this set is distributed by Sound Solutions, 39 Veronica Ave, PO Box 6150, Sommerset NJ 08875-6150. Or you can order on-line from the at Tarantula Records in the US. The CDs are item number 3008654 and sell for 109DM. From HMV (the only major British store that can order them): 47
Read the review by Alan Andres. The CDs don't contain some of the best music; particularly the music for cello and piano from episode 10 when Reinhardt goes to Venice.

There is another single CD of Die Zweite Heimat on Milan records (#887881 with 73 minutes of music) which was newly recorded after the film was broadcast in Germany. Unfortunately the performances aren't as compelling as the Bella Musica, and Mamangakis appears to have used a synthesizer in some of the new orchestrations. For the Heimat completist however.

Digital Versatile Disk (DVD)

From this FAQ about DVD you can learn the advantages of getting Die Heimat and Die Zweite Heimat on DVD. For example: one release of a box of disks for the whole world with subtitles in up to 32 different languages you can choose from instead of different VHS-releases. With DVD you also have random access to your favourite scenes or songs. You don't have to buy a seperate CD-box with the soundtracks anymore, the stereo CD-quality sound can be played like any audio-CD.

About a DVD release I have received the following informaton. "Reitz filmproduction is looking for all available subtitle versions worldwide. We are expecting about 12 DVDs. Heimat on DVD is planned for 2003, together with the release of Heimat 2000. But perhaps it will go faster." In 2001 all subtitle rights are already arranged. Finding a distributor and financing is now on the agenda. You can at least expect it before Christmas 2004 when the third Heimat is scheduled to be broadcasted in Germany.

Since 1997 I have been collecting responses and lately I receive about five a week! I collect the information and will take care it goes to Reitz and you can read it on this website.

The questionnaire

There is also a version in German on Thomas Hönemann's homepage. You can use that one just as well and I will count it together with the English responses.

To make things easy for you, you only have to put a cross between the brackets like this [x ] If you want to mess up the form that's fine with me, as long as it's understandable. Copy-paste it into a mail message and

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