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Berlin Alexanderplatz (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Berlin Alexanderplatz (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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Berlin Alexanderplatz Blu-ray
Criterion | 1980 | Season 1 | 902 min | Not rated | Feb 12, 2019

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

German: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


Blu-ray Disc
Four-disc set (4 BD-50)
UPC 715515226417

DigiPack, Inner print

Berlin Alexanderplatz (TV) (The Criterion Collection)(1980) Blu-ray

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin's great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made over thirty films. Fassbinder's immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to "become an honest soul" amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Volker Spengler, Hanna Schygulla, Brigitte Mira, Roger Fritz, Gottfried John, Barbara Sukowa

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- HIGH-DEFINITION DIGITAL RESTORATION by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration
- Hans-Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary Notes on the Making of "Berlin Alexanderplatz" Phil Jutzi's 1931 feature-length film of Alfred Döblin's novel, from a screenplay cowritten by Döblin himself.
- Interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of "Berlin Alexanderplatz": Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture
- PLUS: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger

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