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(Werner Schroeter, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Kuchenreuther Filmproduktion GmbH
Video: Concorde Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,095,617,618 bytes
Feature Size: 20,895,406,080 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.91 Mbps
Case: Digi-Book style Blu-ray case
Release date: November 10th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
DTS-HD Master Audio German 817 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 817 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 901 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 901 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
English, French, German, none
•Interview with writer Elfriede Jelinek (19:49 - German - no subs)
• Trailers (1:36, 1:55)
Description: Set in Vienna, the film charts a female writer’s passage to self-destruction as she is torn between two lovers, one of whom is her husband. Isabelle Huppert stars in Werner Schroeter’s adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel, co-written by Elfriede Jelinek (The Piano Teacher).
"Malina" was the only novel completed by the notoriously self-destructive author, whose death in 1973 turned her into a feminist martyr comparable to Sylvia Plath. "Malina," published two years before her death, was the first part of a projected autobiographical trilogy, "Ways of Dying," which is also the title of the work Miss Huppert's character is planning to write but is too distracted to get down to work on. Malina is directed by Werner Schroeter; written by Elfriede Jelinek, based on the book by Ingeborg Bachman.
A complex and enigmatic plot that evokes the life of Bachmann. The story develops around an unusual triangular relationship, a threesome between a woman of unknown name, a man named Malina and a Hungarian, Ivan, with whom she falls in love. Ivan will be his last great love, but their need for exclusivity in love is so strong that it can not be understood or matched. Malina is a struggle, a confrontation between two worlds strange and hostile.
In "Malina," the German film maker Werner Schroeter's adaptation
of a novel by Ingeborg Bachman, Isabelle Huppert portrays a writer who
suffers from an interminable case of existential angst.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Malina comes out of Germany on Blu-ray from Concorde Entertainment and while a modest transfer rate - it still provides a decent presentation. The image has some bright colors and impressive sharpness. This is only single-layered and in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Contrast seems acceptable and detail strong enough to get a passing grade. The image is very clean with no marks or damage. There is minor depth but this is not a key attribute. This Blu-ray gave me a decent, consistent, presentation of the film in HD. No demo - but no major flaws either and certainly watchable.
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Concorde use aDTS-HD Master mono track in both the original French language and a German DUB. There were some sync issues or, probably, some actors were originally speaking French and other German - so there was DUB'ing on both fronts. No real effects - some fire-related- but mostly everything was flat. The score is by Italian composer Giacomo Manzoni - his only film credit. It was, like the film, occasionally odd - but beautiful sounding tight and clean in the lossless. My Oppo player has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Nothing English-friendly. We do get a 20-minute interview with Elfriede Jelinek (in German) and two trailers plus the case is a digi-book style (no liner text.)
October 11th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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