S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Everyone Else')
A young couple's relationship is pushed to the brink while vacationing in the Mediterranean in this smart, sexy drama from acclaimed new filmmaker Maren Ade. A Critic's Pick in The New York Times which noted "the film's uninflected realism and unforced beauty alone make it worthy of exploring and revisiting.
“Everyone Else,” a sun-kissed German film about a young
couple in love and in doubt, might not be perfect, but so much is right and true
in this lovely, delicate work that it comes breathtakingly close. Written and
directed by Maren Ade, it involves Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) and Chris (Lars
Eidinger), who are vacationing at his parents’ Sardinian villa. When the film
opens, his sister is whisking her family off, leaving the couple alone. It’s an
ideal setup for Gitti and Chris, who can’t keep their hands off each other, and
in whose half-dressed bodies you can see and feel the heat of the island, the
Theatrical Release: February 9th, 2009 - Berlin International Film Festival
DVD Review: Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
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• A Summer Without Gitti, a short film, recut from the film
material by Maren Ade (9:37)
There is something very Romer-esque about Everyone Else - with Lars Eidinger and Birgit Minichmayr as a couple wound together in the throes of a declining relationship...one that seems worthy of saving. The Art-House pacing and notability as a Festival favorite won't suit all tastes but Maren Ade's feature lingers long after viewing - the sign of greatness - and it is there - seething beneath the scorching Mediterranean sun. This is quite an exceptional film.
Cinema Guild's SD-DVD image quality is superb - a dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer that exports healthy detail, solid contrast under the natural sunlight and only some minor noise as a detraction. It can appear a shade fragile - but shows depth and plays very well in-motion to create an impressive presentation. It probably can't look much better in this format.
Audio gives only a German stereo, 2.0 channel, track but being almost exclusively dialogue-driven the film exports no requirements for surround separations. There are optional English subtitles on the region 1 encoded NTSC DVD.
Solid extras are offered with this Cinema Guild release including A Summer Without Gitti, a short film by Maren Ade - reportedly recut from the feature film material. It lasts about 10-minutes and is a looks like a treatise for Everyone Else with the same cast (Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner and Birgit Minichmayr). There is also about 1/2 hour's worth of more supplements including some cast and crew interviews - both 'Deleted Scenes' + 'Outtakes' and a theatrical trailer. Included in the keep case is a 4-page liner notes leaflet with an excellent essay by Mark Peranson, Editor of Cinema Scope.
Since the demise of New Yorker Video, Cinema Guild has continued releasing excellent world cinema films but drastically improved with expert transfers. I suggest that they should go into Blu-ray production as well but their current SD-DVD quality is exceptional - extremely worthy to support the magnificent films they are releasing. This is fabulous news for devotees of lauded festival cinema and those unable to venture there. Everyone Else is brilliant and a DVD we can strongly recommend for any digital collection.