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directed by Rolf Peter Kahl
Germany 1998

 

The characters of ANGEL EXPRESS all want something, but it is not immediately clear what they want apart from sensory diversions. Prostitute Liv (Ulrike Panse) wants her freedom (or does she just want more money), icy photographer Iris (Chris Hohenester) wants a gun (but for what purpose), gun-runner/possible hitman N.K. (Wilfried Hochholdinger, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) has apparently fallen in love with Iris after a single silent meeting, virginal youth Jan (Dave Allert) wants a woman (or will a gun provide an even greater thrill), and faithless Patrick (Rolf Peter Kahl) has a roving eye but he wants something else from his conquests (possibly a means to an end). While not the most compelling "interconnected storylines" film, it is a welcome visual and aural experience for viewers with a nostalgia for the nineties (particularly the nightclub scenes, remnants of eighties MTV-style in the photography, lighting, editing, and set design).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 April 1999 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Jinga Films/MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC

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Jinga Films/MVD Visual

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:51
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Jinga Films/MVD Visual

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3; 2:11)

DVD Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

Jinga Film's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer is a more recent one than some of their other titles because it derives from the 2011 director's cut of the film (I have no idea how long the original cut ran but IMDb lists a timing of 82 minutes). The Dolby Digital 2.0 rendering of the Dolby Stereo track is sufficiently immersive during the club scenes but appropriately restrained elsewhere (including the daytime Berlin exteriors where there seems to be a disconnect between the characters and their environment). The English subtitles are burnt-in and contain several non-distracting spelling errors (although this is the fault of the original translation since the subtitles are optically burnt into the print rather than added during the video transfer or DVD encoding). The only extra is a trailer for the film.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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