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Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision aka "Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht" [Blu-ray]
(Edgar Reitz, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Edgar Reitz Film (ERF)
Video: Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 48,399,464,880 bytes
Feature Size: 47,639,771,136 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.39 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 15th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1911 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1911 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Follow-up to the trilogy Heimat. Set in the fictional village of Schabback in the Hunsrück region of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The most sublime case of monomania in European cinema, director Edgar
Reitz has dedicated much of his life to recreating modern German history
Heimat, his 1984 TV series, ran for more than 15 hours, tracing
the fortunes of a family from its rural Prussian roots, starting in
1919; its title, meaning homeland, reclaimed the term from the
disreputable connotations it had acquired in the Nazi era. Reitz later
second tranche covering the 1960s in detail, then a third series
which began with the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you include the
female-focused “annexe”, Heimat Fragments, that makes 54 hours – now
rounded up to 58 with the addition of Home From Home, Reitz’s
prequel to the series.
German auteur filmmaker Edgar Reitz returns to the fictitious German
village of Schabbach with Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision – a
staggering, near four-hour epic that acts as a prequel to the other 32
Heimat films that have consistently dribbled onto German television over
the past few decades. The film series homefromhome2spans almost a
century, and adopts the view of a German family occupying the Rhineland
using crisp black and white imagery.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The almost 4-hour Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision gets a 1080P transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye on one lone disc. It is solidly in dual-layered territory but has a moderate bitrate considering the feature's running length. The black and white cinematography is frequently stunning with impressive landscapes showcased in the 2.4:1 widescreen. I've shown some examples of the color items framed by the black + white activity. The HD supports solid layered contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and pleasing depth. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail in the many close-ups. I actually did see some unusual shimmering but it was only briefly. This Blu-ray seems a fabulous way to watch this film in your home theatre. SD could not do justice to these visuals.
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Artificial Eye give the option of a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo at 1536 kbps or a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1911 kbps - both in the original German-language. There are separations and it does export some subtle depth. The score is by Michael Riessler (composed in some of the other Heimat series) and it works well within the framework of the narrative. The grandiose landscapes are peaceful and the music is supportive. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Only a trailer on this Artificial Eye Blu-ray release.
May 26th, 2015
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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