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Lore [Blu-ray]


(Cate Shortland, 2012)


Also available in the UK from Artificial Eye:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Rohfilm

Video: Music Box Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:49:05.000

Disc Size: 39,617,266,012 bytes

Feature Size: 26,087,952,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.74 Mbps

Chapters: 14

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 28th, 2013



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio German 1720 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1720 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)



English (SDH), none



The Making of Lore (16:44)

Deleted Scene (5:50)

• Alternate Ending (2:23)

• Memories of a German Girl (10:09)

• Panel Discussion (14:27)

Theatrical trailer (2:15)





Description: Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.



The Film:

The daughter of Nazis arrested by Allied forces ventures across Germany with her four younger siblings in hopes of reaching their grandmother, encountering a young Jewish refugee along the way who may prove to be their only hope of surviving the harrowing ordeal in this World War II drama based on Rachel Seiffert's novel The Dark Room.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

For both audiences who admire it and the protagonist who lives it, the intense, emotional "Lore" is a picture from life's other side.

While stories dealing with the suffering surrounding World War II and the Holocaust are a dramatic staple, "Lore" flips things around and involves us in a different side of war, in the confusion and pain of the young children of the Nazi hierarchy left alone and abandoned by the exigencies of fate and the fecklessness of their parents.

For Lore, short for Hannelore, at 14 the oldest of five siblings, the reversal is even more extreme: Everything she has been told about the world and the way it works, from the inevitable victory of the Thousand Year Reich on down, turns out to have been untrue.

Excerpt from the LA Times located HERE

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

Firstly, Lore is a gorgeous film and looks rich and, almost, painterly on Blu-ray from Music Box Films. The film has some variation in visuals style but grain is visible and the image quality exports a thick, textured, image. This conveys a sense of the period as well as a reflection of memory. There are plenty of detailed close-ups and colors (outdoor greens) are vibrant almost to an exaggerative form - an intentional decision by the filmmakers. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark and there is no noise. This Blu-ray is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour film. Overall the image is sumptuous and gives a perfect sense of the film's inner emotions. Wonderful.
















Audio :

Audio comes in two DTS-HD Master flavors - both in original German. A 5.1 surround and a 2.0 channel track. It handles the effects - often as background noises - very well with some notable separation establishing atmosphere. There is some original music by Max Richter that plays importantly beside the film narrative with some richness. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Supplements include a The Making of... running over 15-minutes with some scenes from the film. There are both deleted scenes and an alternate ending offered. Memories of a German Girl is a 10-minute piece on reflections in a historical; context. There is a 15-minute Panel Discussion talking about the film and lastly a theatrical trailer.



Lore is quite a beautiful and impacting film experience. I loved it. Many sequences are kind of dreamy - almost impressionistic in there visual response. It carries a aura of suspense and mystery - adding harsh historical realism. Brilliant!  The Blu-ray exports the films visual strengths through the 1080P and adds to it being memorable. Strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 24th, 2013

Also available in the UK from Artificial Eye:


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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