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The Silence aka Das letzte Schweigen [Blu-ray]
(Baran bo Odar, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Lüthje & Schneider Filmproduktion
Video:Music Box Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,869,382,927 bytes
Feature Size: 24,076,903,104 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.83 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 23rd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1936 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1936 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1624 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1624 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Cast Interviews with Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Sass, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaußner (10:28)
•Under the Sun (2006) - a film by Baran bo Odar (58:36)
• Quietsch (2005) - a film by Baran bo Odar (7:49)
Description: The Silence begins on a hot summer day,
when a girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of
wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen), as his helpless friend Timo
(Wotan Wilke Moehring) watches. Exactly 23 years later,
another 13-year-old, Sinikka, is missing, her bicycle
abandoned in the same spot, leading police to suspect the
same killer may be at work again. Recently widowed detective
David and his colleague Janna struggle to solve the mystery
of these parallel crimes with the help of Krischan, the
retired investigator of the unresolved case.
When the bicycle 13-year-old Sinikka is discovered in the exact same wheat field where a heinous murder/rape took place 23 years prior, retired police detective Krischan senses that the two crimes are connected, and vows to bring the killer to justice. The fact that Krischan was unable to catch the killer two decades prior still haunts him to this very day, but perhaps with the help of ambitious young officer David, this time he will find a way to bring closure to the case. Later, as the investigation begins and a sweltering summer heat wave washes over the town, the young victim's parents begin to experience an overwhelming sense of dread concerning a clean cut husband and father who had recently visited their home.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
The performances are excellent, particularly Klaussner and Blomberg as two detectives whose obsessive involvements with the case are driven by different but equally compelling reasons, Mittich because he's haunted by his failure to solve the original case and Jahn because he's pouring everything he has into the case in order to escape his own recent grief. Similarly, Thomsen and Mohring are superb as the two men bonded together by their horrific secret and the script, intriguingly, makes us pity them rather than fear them (though Thomsen's character becomes increasingly chilling).Excerpt from Matthew Turner of ViewLondon located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Silence looks quite strong on Blu-ray from Music Box Films. It's not perfect but it is quite close. The image is bright, clean - not a lot of depth and a touch of a few minor artifacts. Detail is crisp and the natural, outdoor colors (and cinematography) and impressive. I like the use of the 2.35:1 framing. Skin tones seem true and contrast adept. There are a lot of daylight scenes and those visuals are quite pleasing. This is 1080P and the disc is dual-layered but the expressive HD extras leave the film with a modest bitrate. I suspect it would have advanced with a more robust rendering but I don't suppose we'll ever know. This Blu-ray gave me good, if not quite stellar presentation. Only those projecting on a very large screen would notice the inconsequential inferiorities. Most will appreciate the transfer.
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Option of DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1936 kbps or a similarly lossless 2.0 channel (both in original German). Plenty of silent, haunting, pauses in the film and not many separations or effects - certainly few aggressive ones. There is a subtle score by first time composers Kris Steininger + Michael Kamm and it works very well alongside the dynamics of the film's style. No demonstrative depth but it seems a very accurate transfer of the films sound. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Music Box Films add quite a lot of supplements. There are ten minutes worth of cast Interviews with Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Sass, Sebastian Blomberg and Burghart Klaußner (all in German with English subtitles.) We get two other Baran bo Odar films - Under the Sun (Unter der Sonne) - from 2006 - a pretty keen effort running almost an hour. Quietsch is a short (8-minutes) from 2005 - a little like a chamber piece. There is also a trailer. A lot of value here for the extras!
July 19th, 2013
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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Gary W. Tooze
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