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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Revenge" )

 

directed by Götz Spielmann
Austria 2008

 

A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar-nominated international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side.

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Theatrical Release: May 16th, 2008 (Austria)

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Comparison: 

Filmladen - Region 0 - PAL vs. Criterion (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Artificial Eye (Spine # 498) - Region 0 - PAL

 

1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT

DVD Box Cover

 

Distribution

Filmladen

Region 0 - PAL

Criterion Collection (Spine # 502)

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection (Spine # 502)

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Artificial Eye

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:56:44 (4% PAL speedup) 2:01:48 2:02:01.731 1:56:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.82 mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 47,774,700,292 bytes

Feature Size: 29,768,718,336 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Bitrate  DVD

Bitrate

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Artificial Eye

Audio German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Stereo 2.0) German (Dolby Digital 5.1) DTS-HD Master Audio German 3860 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3860 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit) German (Dolby Digital 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English, French (Main Feature only) English, none English, none English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Filmladen

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Making of (36:05)
• Interviews with Götz Spielmann, Johannes Krisch, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss and
• Hannes Thanheiser (5:14)
• Trailer (1:52)
• 2 Photo Galleries (63 photos total)
• All extras in German without subtitles

DVD Release Date: 2009
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• New video interview with Spielmann
• The Making of “Revanche,” a half-hour documentary shot on the set
• Foreign Land (Fremdland), Spielmann’s award-winning student short film, with an introduction by the director
• U.S. theatrical trailer
• 12-page liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White 


DVD Release Date: February 16th, 2010
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 23

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

Disc Size: 47,774,700,292 bytes

Feature Size: 29,768,718,336 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• New video interview with Spielmann (35:33 in HD!
• The Making of “Revanche,” a half-hour documentary shot on the set (36:13 in HD!)
• Foreign Land (Fremdland), Spielmann’s award-winning student short film, with an introduction (3:31 in HD!) by the director (44:43 in HD!)
• U.S. theatrical trailer (1:37 in HD!)
12-page liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White


 Blu-ray Release Date :February 16th, 2010
Transparent (thick) Blu-ray Case

Chapters 23

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Video interview with Spielmann (9:20)
• The Making of Revanche (36:06)
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: August 9th, 2010
Keep Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: August 2010: Artificial Eye: Region 0 DVD: There's really not too much to say here, as the Artificial Eye DVD looks and sounds similar to the other two standard editions reviewed. All three appear to have been taken from the same print with identical clarity and colors. Damage is non-existent and the audio crisp and clear. The disc boasts the same "Making of..." documentary found on all of the other releases, but unfortunately only has a brief interview with the director and a trailer to round things out. As you can see above, the other two releases boast more extras than this. For those that are locked out of region 1 or do not have a Blu-Ray player, then this isn't a bad alternative although based on the extras I would still give the edge to the Filmladen only if you can speak German. Since the Artificial Eye release has English subbing in their extras, this is the clear choice for non-German speakers that can't go with the Criterions. If, however, you have access to a player that can play either of the Criterion editions, then go with them.

  - Brian Montgomery

ADDITION - Criterion DVD and Blu-ray - February 2010:  Firstly, Sean reviewed the Filmladen disc for us over a year ago (below) and I don't have much to say about the quality - it looked reasonably competent but its biggest issue was availability and ease of purchase.

Actually, I don't have a lot of difference in my findings from the Criterion Hunger Review (DVD and Blu-ray): "Looking at the Criterion Blu-ray as compared to their simultaneously released anamorphic and progressive DVD version probably the more discerning will note the 1080P visual superiority.  The SD tends to look more like video - and the Blu-ray like film. Colors don't differ much coming from the same source but the HD version is significantly sharper, better contrast and tighter lines." This remains true here as well but the Revanche Blu-ray has many instances showing desirable depth.  The higher resolution shows the outdoor sequences, of water, farm and forest trees, with crystal clarity. Colors are better separated and comparatively the DVD is hazier in this regard. Depending on the system the superiority is highly notable.

The audio has only a few instances of demonstrative separation but even the center channel, German, dialogue is crisply rendered to the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3860 kbps. Both the Criterion DVD and Blu-ray have optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc.

 

Supplements on the Criterions editions are duplicated with the video featurettes and interviews being in 1080 on the Blu-ray. The DVD has moved the supplements to a second disc with the first sharing the feature with only a trailer. Criterion conducted a new video interview with the enigmatic Spielmann for about 35-minutes and he seems fairly low key on the film's achievements and his intentions on making it. The Making of “Revanche,” is a half-hour documentary shot on the set with cast and crew sharing experiences working on the film. Foreign Land (Fremdland), is Spielmann’s award-winning student short film from 1984 (it won first price at the European Academy Awards), which runs 45-minutes. It is preceded by an optional introduction by the director for less than 5-minutes. Lastly we get the U.S. theatrical trailer of Revanche and included in the boxes is a 12-page liner notes booklet featuring photos and an essay by critic Armond White.

On the surface the film may be labeled as a "psychological thriller" but its more deliberate pacing will deter those coming in with pigeon-holed expectations. It ends up showing a rarely investigated side of humanity revisiting its characters as depressed, desperate, lonely and bored or unhappy with their current status. It's a rich piece of cinema and I share Sean's enthusiasm for it - a perfect choice for the Criterion Collection and the less expensive Blu-ray is the absolute best way to see it in the comfort of your home theater. Strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze  

***

ON THE FILMLADEN DVD: Firstly, this is the same Revanche that has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by Janus Films and will eventually see a Criterion release on DVD and Blu-ray (more on that HERE). This DVD from Filmladen in Austria, along with a Special Edition DVD (including a book in German) is sold through their online shop HERE, but it is presently only available within Austria. Through luck of the draw and with help via Babel Fish, I was able to purchase a copy through eBay Austria.

Filmladen have produced a strong image which is expectantly clean and usually crisp, however I noticed the occasional instance of softness, especially with skin tones. Colors are strong but not vibrant, and whether this is a fault of the transfer or a deliberate artistic choice by Spielmann has yet to be seen. The cinematography, especially the outdoor shots, can be breathtaking to see.

Audio is in German only with a 5.1 mix available, which occasionally sees some use thanks to creative use of sound effects and nature sounds. Revanche however is not a film with a dynamic or heavy sound mix, and the vast majority is dialogue-driven, all of which came through crisp and clear on my system.

Subtitles are offered in English and French (no German?) and they are refreshingly accurate if slightly stiff at times. Viewers should note that subtitles only appear for German dialogue and there are two or three short sequences in Russian, including the first dialogue heard in the film, which do not have subtitles.

Extras are all in German with no subtitles, so I cannot comment on them.

The film definitely deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film and it is a fascinating meditation on loss, bereavement and revenge. I certainly want to see more of both Spielmann and Johannes Krisch's works.

Hopefully Janus/Criterion will be able to release this soon, with complete subtitles, some worthy extras and in
Blu-ray. The thought of this film in high definition is such sweet anticipation!

 - Sean Greenwood

 



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Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (and extras for both Criterions)

 

Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL

 

 


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1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Filmladem - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC SECOND

3) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 

 

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DVD Box Cover

 

Distribution

Filmladen

Region 0 - PAL

Criterion Collection (Spine # 502)

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection (Spine # 502)

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Artificial Eye

Region 0 - PAL

 





 

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