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(Tobias Nölle, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
Video: EurekaEntertainment (UK)
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 29,561,191,452 bytes
Feature Size: 28,984,570,176 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.88 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 24th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio German 3323 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3323 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio German 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Description:Aloys Adorn is a middle-aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organises and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called telephone walking with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and into the real world.
Making its premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in 2016, Tobias Nölle's film has been compared to the work of Charlie Kaufmann. Beautifully lensed and scored Aloys is a feast for the senses, Eureka Entertainment are proud to present this film for the first time in the world on Blu-ray and DVD.
Capturing Aloys as the film goes on falls to Georg Friedrich, and while portraying someone who is initiall a blank may seem like a matter of doing extremely little, he manages to make the man an intriguing mix of frightened curiosity about the world despite an inability to interface with it. It's not exactly appealing - Friedrich seldom indulges in wide-eyed wonder and erupts in petulant anger when what he has is threatened. There is something child-like to Aloys, but Friedrich makes sure that while he's not the sort of walking temper-tantrum that middle-aged man-children are often portrayed as being, but he does skew more toward the difficult side of people who haven't fully developed than the charming, and Friedrich shows how the character's progress is fearful and uncertain.
There have been loner private eyes before, people like
The Conversation's Harry Caul, who keep others at arm's length.
But Tobias Nölle's Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich) is even more fragile
than that, lonely in a way that feels stifling, less in control of his
isolation than pushed out somehow from the rest of the world. The fact
that he causes few ripples makes him good at his job, able to slip into
the fringes of adulterers' lives unnoticed.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Aloys is as pristine on Blu-ray from Eureka out of the UK, as you might expect for a modern film transferred to a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate to be. Cinematographer Simon Guy Fässler creates a very sterile and desolate impression with gentle pans and full use of the 2.39:1 frame. The mise en scène is a large part of the film's impression upon the viewer. I believe it was shot on digital - but it looks more like a soft, heavy film-like appearance. Regardless, the 1080P provides a rewarding, consistent, presentation.
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Eureka offer both a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a healthy 3323 kbps (24-bit) and a linear PCM stereo track. Aloys is a passive film without much use for the surround separations although it was noted on, at least, a couple of scenes. The score is by two newcomers Tom Huber and Beat Jegen and it adds the same cold atmosphere, as the visuals, supporting the narrative. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Not extras aside from a lone trailer but being 'Dual-Format' a PAL DVD of the feature is included.
October 18th, 2016
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 3500 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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