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Sophie Scholl (2005/Region Four/4/PAL Import/Madman DVD)


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



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Four/4 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Madman Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



In yet another untold story from the horrors of Germany during WWII, a young woman named Sophie Scholl (2005) helped to distributed fliers denouncing Hitler at the growing peak of his power and paid the ultimate price.  Unrepentant, she is arrested and the process of what to do with her began, along with her friends.  Now a legend, it is hard to believe Director Marc Rothemund’s excellent film was not a hit in the United States and was barely released in that market.  It deserves much better.


Fortunately, it was a critical and commercial success in many other markets and we get to see it on DVD from Madman Entertainment.  Julia Jentsch is the title character, an amazing performance that is real from the first frame and is non-stop believable to the end.  The supporting cast is also great and Fred Breinersdorfer’s screenplay is very well rounded, making one of the best films on the subject of late.


As much about the events as Nazi Germany itself, Sophie Scholl like Valkyrie, shows that plenty of Germans were not happy with what happened to their country and those who stood up paid a high price.  At least they had the courage, which is missing when similar things have happened in other countries of wealth in recent history.  A lesson learned indeed.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is oddly softer than a new film should be throughout, with motion blur and a lack of depth and detail.  This has been issued elsewhere on Blu-ray, so why this is so poor makes no sense.  However, Director of Photography Martin Langer has created a very good looking film and it feels like it is from its period.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is all we get for a film that seems to have a 5.1 mix and it sounds good, but not great.  Extras include Deleted Scenes, Interviews with contemporary witnesses and the Original Theatrical Trailer.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Madman at:





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