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Anthropoid Blu-ray Review

Check out Lee Weber's review of Anthropoid,based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Universal Studios 2016
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 120 Minutes
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerova, Harry Lloyd
Directed by: Sean Ellis
Music by: Robin Foster
Written by: Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 1st, 2016

"Resistance Has a Code Name"

My Take:

Anthropoid is based on the true story of the Czech secret mission to assassinate Nazis third in command, Reinhard Heydrich. We follow Czech soldiers, Josef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are snuck into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia without much intel or gear, and we follow their
mission to carry out of "Operation Anthropoid".

My attraction to the film was its magnified look at a WWII story that I didn't know about. It's a small film about a very important mission and it is extremely well acted by both Murphy and Dornan, the latter does a great job stepping out of his 50 Shades shoes. Why the film didn't get a higher score is that it tends to brood and sure could have used a few more passes in the editing booth to really work well. Once we pass the first hour the film does a much better job with its pacing, mixing drama, intrigue and action very well. For history buffs and fans of war stories, Anthropoid is certainly worth a watch.

Parental Guide:

Rated R for violence and some disturbing images

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: 82
(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: 88
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Anthropoid comes to Blu-ray disc from universal featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.2 mbps and a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless surround sound that has a average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

Filmed in 16mm, Anthropoid isn't the sharpest looking HD encode, however, it has a thick filmic look with natural colors and stable black levels. Film grain is noticeable, but I did not observe any compression artifacting. I love the look of film on my set-up so this was an enjoyable film to look at. The audio, while suited for the subject, never really wows. Some moments of surround are encompassing but the mix is generally focused in the front sound-stage. Dialogue is always upfront and the mix does suit the material well.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Complete Storyboards
  • (HD) Making Of Anthropoid
  • (HD) UltraViolet Copy
  • (HD) Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Anthropoid is a good film that history buffs or anyone who follows the subject matter should surely enjoy. I found the tedium of the first half to be a bit too much, but once it finally picks up the momentum swings to the favor of a well made last half. A thick filmic look makes this eye candy to fans on non-digital movie-making, adding to a worth-while view on HD Blu-ray

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I just starting watching this last night on iTunes and I was immediately impressed by the acting and cinematography. Unfortunately I was exhausted and ended up falling a sleep which usually never happens with these types of movies... Second round tonight!
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My roommate just added this to our vudu collection, so I will have to check it out, sounds interesting.
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Thanks for the review Lee. I love movies based on true stories, especially involving WWII.
Saw the trailers earlier in the year, but I couldn't find any theaters near me that were showing it. Looking forward to seeing this.
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Surprised this story took so long to come to film. The true story is a movie script in of itself. By the way if he was younger Liam Neeson would have been a perfect Heydrich. This is a must see for me.
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As an amateur history buff, I'm wondering how this film slipped past me? I knew nothing of the movie, or it's subject matter, but I watched it last night and was very impressed. The acting is very solid and it's slow pacing is helped by small, but frequent slivers of action and suspense. As someone else stated, the cinematography is very good and I really liked how the graininess of the picture quality helped lend a feeling of authenticity to the time period. Though I would argue against the premise Heydrich was third in the line of succession (Göring, Himmler, and Goebbels would have come before him, IMO), the movie still possesses a great story based on true events with quality action and tension. Any fan of WW2 movies will love this! Part The Debt, part Valkyrie, 4/5 stars.

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