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Labyrinth of Lies Blu-ray Review



Check out our review of Labyrinth of Lies the tale of a German prosecutor who upon learning that many former Nazis returned to their pre-war lives with no penalty, vows to bring them to justice.



The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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90



Details:

Studio and Year: Sony Picture Classics 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 123 Minutes
Genre: Drama, History

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
Starring: André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht
Directed by: Giulio Ricciarelli
Music by: Sebastian Pille, Niki Reiser
Written by: Elisabeth Bartel, Giulio Ricciarelli
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 16th, 2016



"In German, 15 years after WWII, one man forces an entire country to face its past."


My Take:

In the German film Labyrinth of Lies our protagonist, a German Prosecutor, starts an investigation into a former Auschwitz commander but seems keeps running into dead ends, and begins to try to expose this cover-up of former Nazi's being let off the hook. As he investigates deeper he finds many who were involved, including uncovering startling truths about people close to him.

Labyrinth of Lies was an interesting film as its point of view is a different take on Nazi Germany and the atrocities of the Holocaust. The film is essentially about German institutions conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Nazis, and is intriguing as it is showing Germans going after other Germans for these crimes against humanity. It does a commendable job with a post WWII Germany, and how complex the denial and feelings were. It was hard to know who was in the Nazi Party, who was against it, and the bureaucracy didn't make it easy to weed them out....it seemed to protect them more than anything. The film, as interesting as it is, loses sight of its goal and the narrative does have unneeded subplots, especially the love interest of out main character. This two hour film would have had a higher score if it lost twenty five minutes of run-time.



Parental Guide:

Rated R for a scene of sexuality


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Labyrinth of Lies comes to Blu-ray disc from Sony featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 mbps and a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless surround sound that has a average bitrate of 4.8 mbps.

Labyrinth of Lies has a standout transfer by Sony that has strikingly natural colors, deep blacks and a real world look and feel. The image show fine details on every close-up, and the background has strong depth to it. This is a very clean and enjoyable presentation that has no digital artifacts and I found it to be one of the better Blu-rays I have seen so far this year. Audio-wise there was nothing to complain about, and although I don't speak German, dialogue seemed very articulate and precise. The track was big with its use of surround channels and the mix was very revealing.




Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentaries with Writer/Director Giulio Ricciarelli and Actor Alexander Fehling
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) A Jewish Film Festival Q&A with Giulio Ricciarelli and Alexander Fehling
  • (HD) Trailer
  • (HD) UltraViolet Copy
  • (HD) Digital Copy



Final Thoughts:

Labyrinth of Lies is a different take on a terrible subject. I liked seeing the inside struggle of post WWII Germany, and the different sides clashing, finding it to be unique and worth a watch. Enjoyable HD Audio and Video make it worth a viewing, and I recommend history buffs anyone who follows the subject matter to give the Blu-ray a viewing.





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Hey Lee!

Without getting too personal. Did you need the subtitles? I personally don't mind reading along, possibly missing the visual dynamics, as I tend to re watch if the plot/dialogue unfolds well.

Would you consider this and say if you'd re visit the film for missing elements or was the film more emotive and therefore easier to follow even missing some dialogue?

Thanks for the Review.
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I enjoyed it as well Lee. Very informative and entertaining in its own way.
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Greetings,

Thanks Lee. Nice job..!


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Hey Lee!

Without getting too personal. Did you need the subtitles? I personally don't mind reading along, possibly missing the visual dynamics, as I tend to re watch if the plot/dialogue unfolds well.

Would you consider this and say if you'd re visit the film for missing elements or was the film more emotive and therefore easier to follow even missing some dialogue?

Thanks for the Review.
That depends. Do you speak German
It's a film that you need to read the dialogue, though it has some nice visuals.
I had one eye up and one down
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