Run Lola Run Blu-ray Review
PictureThe production is budget in nature but the picture is very bright and the colours heavily saturated. The yellows are very yellow, greens greener and the reds are certainly very red. There are only a few scenes that are animated but Tom Tykwer has pushed this movie to an almost animated feel throughout. The ratio is 1.85:1 and it's a High Definition 1080P AVC MPEG-4 codec. Remembering that the film is actually 9 years old the transfer to HD does hold up remarkably well. Sony have done a great job here. A lot has been put back into restoring this film and some of the scenes at the phone booth for example are very sharp and vivid. There are many scenes where different cameras techniques are used so that the quality chops and changes accordingly. It never stands still for long. As you can expect HD detail forgives very little when this happens but it's not the fault of the film. On the whole it's all filmed very well but you will get outbreak of grain occasionally. The blacks do tend to struggle in the very bright scenes but there is generally enough contrast on offer for the most part to make for a vivid and enriched picture. Any shortcomings are essentially due to the original film capture techniques used and not necessarily to do with the transfer involved. It's actually a very admirable effort indeed.
SoundThe original language of the movie is German and I would recommend that it is best viewed in German along with English subtitles. As far as audio you do actually have the option of German, Portuguese and Spanish in Dolby Digital 5.1. English comes in the form of Dolby TrueHD 5.1 but unfortunately it's dubbed. Personally I don't like lip-sync issues as they can be highly annoying; having a movie dubbed in alternate language irritates me even more so. I imagine some folk may for peculiar reason prefer this. The music is an absolutely essential part of this movie and the soundtrack is a full on thumping techno tune. It remains crisp and clear throughout with plenty of bass and you are enveloped with rich sound throughout the movie. The soundtrack certainly lifts this film well above its station and in many ways makes the movie as a whole. As for the soundstage, the effects are used to create ambience when needed but it's all secondary to the techno on offer. Dialogue is very clear and there are very little complaints if at all on the audio side of things. It's certainly pretty good entertaining stuff all round.
ExtrasThere are 6 options to choose form in the Special Features menu. The extras are presented in standard definition with an English 2.0 soundtrack.
Special Feature Subtitles - you have the option to view the extras with English, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles.
Commentary Subtitles - you have the option to listen to the Directors commentary with English, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles.
Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Franka Potente - this is a full feature commentary and it's all in English. You also have the option to have the commentary as subtitles should you wish. It's pretty standard voice over director commentary but it lets us into some of the aspects that were trying to be portrayed.
Still Running - 16mins and 58secs - this is a documentary style interview with the Director Tom Tykwer and Franka Potente. They explain how they had to achieve what they did on a very limited budget and which things came through design whereas others by default. It's interesting to note that the reliance of the soundtrack was in major part to support the shortcomings of the movie itself. Tom Tykwer talks about his ideas and how this in actual fact was a remake of a project he underwent in more formative years.
Believe - 4mins and 1second - The techno soundtrack that supports this movie was released as a single and this is the music video.
Previews - Blu-ray High Definition & Close Encounters of the Third Kind 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition - these are simply just two short trailers.
VerdictA dye red headed girl wearing bright green pants and black shoes running down the street to a thumping techno track is quite a vivid image to etch on the memory. What Lola achieved was iconic in that respect and it's still a vivid mark in foreign film making 9 years down the line.
This is a fun, vibrant, youthful movie and it's got a wonderful essence underlying it all. It's not intellectually deep but it certainly is intellectually creative. What the direction lacked in monetary support they put entirely into the creativity behind the movie. Camera techniques, single flowing pans and unedited shots that add much to a dimension and fluency of viewing.
Sony have injected life into this film and they must be commended to have put in such a great effort into this high-def release. It was worth it. Run Lola Run was and is a very iconic film and has won many accolades since inception and deservedly so. The movie is still as fresh a concept as it was back then. It highlights that creativity still has its place in mainstream beyond simply just a niche. Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy the techno ride.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.95
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