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The Lives of Others (BLU-RAY)

The Lives of Others

Movie
Studio(s): 
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
138 minutes

After a sizeable wait, the 2006 Foreign Language Academy Award Winner has arrived on “home video.”  The scrappy, exotic and hard-hitting The Lives Of Others is a gritty film not necessarily appropriate for the Blu-Ray format, but they all have to find their way eventually…

Quality:
Gritty, purposely in order to capture the era in which the movie takes place.  Unlike some purposely “ gritty” movies on blu-ray, The Lives Of Others actually retains it’s real feeling authenticity instead of a photoshop-glossed picture.  The sound works similar to the picture but, at times, gets a little too gritty but it kept with the feeling of the original scope.

Bonus Features:
A making of, commentary and some deleted scenes round out an ultimately solid disc.

Overall:
A decent showing for a movie that isn’t needed on the upscale format.  Some relatively intriguing  bonus features, purposely gritty picture,  and decent sound make for an all around solid effort.

Peter Oberth
Review by Peter Oberth
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