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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

 

Production:

Theatrical: Edgar Reitz Film (ERF)

Video: Artificial Eye

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 3:50:36.000 

Disc Size: 48,399,464,880 bytes

Feature Size: 47,639,771,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.39 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 15th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.4:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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)

 

Subtitles:

English, none

 

Extras:

Trailer (2:27)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Follow-up to the trilogy Heimat. Set in the fictional village of Schabback in the Hunsrück region of Rhineland-Palatinate.

 

 

The Film:

The most sublime case of monomania in European cinema, director Edgar Reitz has dedicated much of his life to recreating modern German history on screen. 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 made a 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.

This new chapter focuses primarily on a single character, Jakob, a 19th-century forebear of the Simon clan from Reitz’s fictional village of Schabbach in the Hunsrück region. The Hunsrück of the 1840s is beset by poverty and profound social injustice, although French-inspired ideas of revolution are in the air. It’s also a time of widespread migration to Brazil – the “andere Heimat”, or other homeland, of the German title. Jakob Simon is a poor blacksmith’s son but an enthused autodidact and scholar of South American languages.

Excerpt from The Guardian located HERE

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.

Naturally, those who are more intimate with Reitz’s mega series will find more to love about this expansive prequel than an unsuspecting viewer who stumbles into its screening by chance. While taking at least a peek at some of the Heimat movies is certainly recommended before sitting down to watch Home from Home, there is enough about the film to engage the more patient viewer, including some impressive performances, gorgeous cinematography, and extraordinary agricultural imagery in black in white with occasional pinches of colour.

Excerpt from The Upcoming located HERE

 

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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Audio :

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.

 

Extras :

Only a trailer on this Artificial Eye Blu-ray release.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Edgar Reitz's Heimat is a powerful, lasting, film experience that Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision shares in many respects. This is also a stunningly beautiful film. This 'prequel' is deliberately paced and conveys a warm, homey feeling. Certainly more like a mini-series than a film, it may not reach the acclaim heights of the 84' series but those moved by that should seek this out. It was too long for me to see at TIFF and this digital format is more suitable to enjoying the entire event.  The Artificial Eye Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation. This is easy to put in the 'don't hesitate' category for world-cinema digital librarians everywhere. Strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

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.

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