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Labyrinth Of Lies (2015/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: B Extras: C Film: B+

Germany 1958, barely a decade after WWII, the next generation of Germans seemed to never have heard the word 'Auschwitz' or know what it means. A young prosecutor Johann Radmann begins to dig up the past opening up war crimes relating to Auschwitz, but everywhere he turns, his superiors, the government, even his boss are determined to bury or silence the past. Why bring it up when the war is over?

In director Giulio Ricciarelli's Labyrinth Of Lies (2015, based on true events), Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) starts out as puzzled, each time he researched about anyone or anything related to Auschwitz it somehow got lost or forgotten. At the risk of being alienated by his colleagues, friends, and even his own family, Johann is determined to uncover the truth about Auschwitz. He searches for the former survivors of Auschwitz as well as hunting down and prosecute the Nazi SS members who were stationed there. How can there be true freedom or justice if people are taught to ignore and forget the past?

They say history is written by the winners, but I have often wondered what is the point of view of history from those who weren't the 'winners'? How do British view the American revolution? How do Indians/Native Americans view American who forced them to move? How do Vietnamese view Americans in the Vietnam war, etc?... There is no true good or evil, but perhaps the most important thing about history is we do not forget... even the horrors, because if we did would we end up repeating the same mistakes? Survivors get to write that history too along with those who uncover the truth.

The 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition shoot is a standard HD shoot that is consistent but weak, so don't expect much in the visual sense, but it's fine for what it is. The lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) German 5.1 mix plays much better and warmer throughout, recorded and mixed just fine. Extras include commentary, Q&A, deleted scenes, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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