PictureSurprisingly good picture considering the movies' origin. By no means up to Hollywood standards but remains on the whole sharp and well detailed. Colours are muted and a large part (nearly the entire first 30 minutes) of the film is in black and white. Reds and greens have a pastel shade to them and grey seems to dominate most scenes. Don't get me wrong, this is by no means the best picture I've seen, not even close. But for this movie it is sufficient and more than watch-able. There is no noticeable blocking or any excessive edge enhancement. Black levels could have been better but overall the picture is adequate for the material.
SoundNo Dolby Digital 5.1, not even 2 channel stereo. Just good old mono I'm afraid. Setting you amp to pro logic produces sound from only your centre speaker, set it to 2 channel stereo for the better sound although it will of course not be in stereo. At least the voices are on the whole clear and coherent.
ExtrasInterview with Michael Verhoeven(subtitles selectable on/off)/ Trailer(subtitles selectable on/off)
VerdictThis film is unusual in its presentation but is all the better for it. Lena Stolze is a fine actress and commands the movie from start to finish. This is not going to be to everyone's taste but for those who appreciate European film and enjoy something a little different then this could well appeal. I actually quite enjoyed it but I think that was due mainly to Lena Stolzes' fine performance and less down to the story itself.
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