|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
(Herrmann Zschoche, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: KŁnstlerische Arbeitsgruppe ''Berlin''
Video:VZ-Handelsgesellschaft mbH (Icestorm)
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,886,650,222 bytes
Feature Size: 19,278,815,232 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 15th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.23:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio German 3410 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3410 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1997 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1997 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Three interviews - director Herrmann Zschoche, Urlich Illing and Gunter Stockmann (in German no subtitles)
Description: Eight spaceships disappear and the contact with
the main space station is broken interrupted. The only clue
is a complicated Morse code decrypted as “Eolomea”.
Everyone thinks this is a planet, but because of the danger
surrounding the case every flight to the area is forbidden.
A female scientist and a bored pilot takes on the mystery
and travels there to find out what really happen…
Eolomea (1972) is a wackily dysfunctional galaxial mystery, in which scientists pursue the fate of missing space station ships with the help of cute robots...
Eolomea (1972) offers lots of moments with German astronauts living on outposts deep in space, awash in dry philosophical dialogue, drinking, and existential Solaris-ish flashbacks. It all works to make a communist future in space seem much more than plausible due to the lack of interference of the financial sector that so undermines our own space program, and this lack of financial concern frees the subjects to engage in discourse of a much more philosophical nature than whether funding will be cut off.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Eastern European (East German, Soviet Union, Bulgarian co-production) science-fiction-cum-romance film Eolomea gets a Blu-ray release from, a company called, Icestorm out of Germany. The 'kitch' appeal is very high. The image quality is thin and shows some edge-enhancement and a few vertical scratches (see last captures). It's not overly impinging though and in-motion looks okay exceeding SD. Contrast can flare a bit and detail is modest but colors have some depth (greens notable.) This, unusual ratio 2.23:1, Blu-ray has some appeal beyond the imperfections.
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We get two audio options - both in German - afairly robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 (bump with no crisp separation) and a similarly encoded 2.0 channel track - and while it exports some depth there is also a hollowness belying the original production. Imperfect but probably a step above the video. The score is by prolific film composer GŁnther Fischer and adds nice support to the more prosaic space sequences. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
There are three interviews, including one with the director - but they no in German with no subtitles.
September 15th, 2017