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(aka "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" or "Fear Eats the Soul")

directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
German 1974

The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.

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Theatrical Release: March 5th, 1974 - Germany

 

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Distribution

Criterion Collection - Spine # 198

Region 1  - NTSC

E-M-S
Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection Spine # 198

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:33:15 1:29:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:33:22.221
Video

1:37:1.00 Original Aspect ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.35
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,331,051,730 bytes

Feature: 27,500,156,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.17 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio German (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 

German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: DD2.0 (mono) Italian

LPCM Audio German 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, and none English, and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio

1:37:1

 

Edition Details:
  • New high-definition digital transfer 
  • Video introduction by director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe) (22:44)
  • Interviews with actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz (24:57)
  • Short film Angst isst Seele auf(2002) (12:32)
  • Signs of Vigourous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC television program (32:17)
  • Excerpt from The American Soldier starring Margarethe von Trotta  (2:43)
  • Original theatrical trailer (3:03)
  • New and improved English subtitle translation 
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition 

DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
Double Keep Case
Chapters: 21

Release Information:
Studio: E-M-S

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect ratio - 1.33:1

2-DVD edition (both are DVD-9)

Edition Details:

Disk 1 (DVD-9):

Main feature - 1.29.26

Original trailer - 0.03.05

Actors discussing the movie - 0.40.43

Brigitte Mira sings - 0.08.50

Liselotte Eder's (mother of R.W. Fassbinder) statement - 0.01.41

Picture gallery

Crew biographies (narrated)

Episode from Der Americanische Soldat - 0.03.27

 

Disk 2 (DVD-5):

“Das kleine Chaos” Fassbinder’s short (1967) ­ 0.09.19

“R.W. Fassbinder, 1977” documentary ­ 0.29.13

Fassbinder’s biography (13 pages, narrated)

Fassbinder’s filmography with posters and trailers

EXTRAS NOT SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2002
Digipak

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,331,051,730 bytes

Feature: 27,500,156,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.17 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes (22:47)
Interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira (25:01) and editor Thea Eymèsz (22:28)
Shahbaz Noshir’s 2002 short Angst isst Seele auf, which reunites Mira, Eymèsz, and Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s screenplay (12:34)
Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC program about the film movement of which Fassbinder was a part (32:21)
Scene from Fassbinder’s 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (2:45)
Trailer (3:05)
PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

Blu-ray Release Date: September
30th, 2014
Transparent Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 20

Comments:

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

ADDITION: (September 2014) Criterion Region 'A' - Blu-ray: Criterion's new 4K transfer of Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul looks marvelous. I had not seen the film for years and the 1080P resolution, authenticating colors and raising detail, was like viewing the film for the first time. The visuals seem a shade darker than the SDs but overall contrast takes a giant stride forward. Film grain textures are evident and this definitely feels like 'film' as opposed to 'video'. I was very impressed with the HD presentation cited as 'supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges'.

Audio remains faithfully flat with a linear PCM monaural soundtrack, in original German. The uncompressed sound was clean with some depth, and all dialogue easily audible. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

Supplements duplicate Criterion's, stacked, 2002, 2-disc DVD with the 23-minute introduction by filmmaker Todd Haynes, interviews (also from 2003) with actor Brigitte Mira (25:01) and editor Thea Eymèsz (22:28) - Shahbaz Noshir’s 2002, 12.5 minute, short Angst isst Seele auf, which reunites Mira, Eymèsz, and Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s screenplay. There is the 1/2 hour Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, 1976 BBC program about the film movement of which Fassbinder was a part and a 3-minute scene from Fassbinder’s 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. Lastly we have a trailer and the package contains a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara.

An absolute must-own film for cinephiles the world over and Criterion have given us the definitive Blu-ray package that gets our highest recommendation! 

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ON THE DVDs: The E-M-S PAL version is hazy. Its whites are brighter than the Criterion which is (again) slightly cropped on both edges, but this is probably due to contrast boosting. The Criterion is sharper. Both have the original mono sound, but the E-M-S also offers an Italian DUB. The E-M-S has some bountiful Extras on their 2nd disc but they are not subtitled in English. Criterion's second disc is quite marvelous. I don't see any reason to buy the E-M-S over the Criterion. Criterion all the way.

 - Gary W. Tooze





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Criterion Collection Spine # 198

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray


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