Rosenstrasse (2003)

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Released 8-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Gallery-Photo
Trailer-The Edukators, Since Otar Left, Agatha And The Storm
Trailer-Facing Windows
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 130:06 (Case: 136)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (78:38) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Margarethe von Trotta
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Katja Riemann
Maria Schrader
Martin Feifel
JŁrgen Vogel
Jutta Lampe
Doris Schade
Fedja van HuÍt
Carola Regnier
Svea Lohde
Plien van Bennekom
Jutta Wachowiak
Romijn Conen
Jan Decleir
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music Loek Dikker


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None German Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Following the death of her husband, Ruth Weinstein (Jutta Lampe Ė Age 60/ Svea Lohde Ė Age 8) begins to withdraw from her family by renewing her Jewish faith and reflecting upon her past. Ruthís changing behaviour and the sudden appearance of a strange guest, Rachel Rosenbauer (Carola Regnier), does not go unnoticed by her daughter, Hannah (Maria Schrader).

††† Unable to make a connection with her mother, Hannah decides to confront Rachel to find out what is going on. Rachel reveals that she is Ruthís cousin and that her parents emigrated to the US, from Germany, in 1933. Hannah also learns that her mother was sheltered by Lena Fischer (Katja Riemann - Age 33/ Doris Schade Ė Age 90) during the war and later sent to live in America with Rachelís parents, where she was raised as one of their own.

††† In order to find out more about her mother and her own past, Hannah travels to Berlin to interview Lena Fischer. Through a series of flashbacks, Lena retells the story about a group of German women who had the courage to protest against the Third Reichís polices on racial purity.

††† In 1943, at a time when Jews were being deported to concentration camps across Europe, those Jews who were married to Aryans were detained in factories located in Berlin. They would be rounded up at night, or on the way home from work, and detained without their loved ones being informed. Lenaís husband, Fabian (Martin Feifel), was one of the many Jews held captive in a factory located on Rosenstrasse (Rose Street).

††† The story of the Holocaust has been retold many times and from many angles. What makes Rosenstrasse unique is the fact that it looks at this particular aspect of the Holocaust from a German perspective. Over the years the German people have shown that they are quite capable of analysing their past, through film. German classics like Das Boot and Stalingrad have now been joined by Rosenstrasse.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† When I first saw the trailer for Rosenstrasse I was quite concerned by the quality of the video transfer. Fortunately, the movieís transfer is far superior and does not suffer from the excessive grain and film artefacts seen in the trailer.

††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

††† The transfer is clean with plenty of shadow detail. There is no low level noise.

††† The subdued colour palette is well suited to New York City and wartime Berlin. Skin colours look natural.

††† MPEG artefacts were kept to a minimum with just a small amount of posterization appearing in some of the darker scenes, such as the black clothing at 15:10 and the panning shot taken at 23:27. Aliasing is noticeable during the opening and closing credits, but thankfully this doesnít affect the subtitle text. Film artefacts are almost non-existent.

††† The English subtitles are embedded in the image, which means they canít be turned off. This isnít really a problem though, as the only audio track is German. The subtitles are well placed, clear and easy to read.

††† This is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring at 78:38. I didnít notice the layer change but I was probably reading subtitles at the time.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

††† The audio transfer is good, but not exceptional.

††† The default German Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) soundtrack is the only one available. Portions of the soundtrack contain English dialogue.

††† The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand. Audio sync didnít appear to be a problem but, then again, I was preoccupied with reading the subtitles.

††† The musical score by Loek Dikker was sufficient to support the movie but it did not reach any great heights. Rosenstrasse is a dialogue driven drama with minimal special effects, so a big booming musical score isnít really called for.

††† The surround channels are used effectively by the musical score and the limited sound effects.

††† Rosenstrasse is not an action movie so it is only appropriate that the subwoofer be used sparingly.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

††† The DVD is accompanied by a limited number of extras.

Menu

††† The menu is preceded by the now common anti-piracy commercials; unfortunately they canít be skipped through. There has been a lot of debate regarding the use of anti-piracy commercials recently and I believe they are acceptable, provided you can skip through them.

††† The menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced. It is not animated and contains no audio. The main menu offers the following selections; Play Feature, Special Features and Scene Selection, of which there are 15.

Theatrical Trailer

††† The Theatrical Trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (letterboxed) and is accompanied by Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) sound. The quality of the trailer is not the same as the movie; it is a little grainy and contains numerous film artefacts. Some pixelization and posterization is also evident.

Photo Gallery

††† Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (16x9 enhanced), the Photo Gallery includes 11 still images taken from the movie. The images are cropped to varying degrees and although they are generally of good quality, some contain a small amount of grain.

More From Palace Films

††† Trailers for the following foreign language movies; The Edukators, Since Otar Left, Agatha and the Storm and Facing Windows.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

††† The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

††† The Photo Gallery is a token effort at providing an extra, so there really is no difference between the Region 1 and Region 4 versions of this disc.

Summary

††† Rosenstrasse is a well made movie that will appeal to anyone who enjoys WWII drama, particularly if it involves the Holocaust. Rosenstrasse may not be up to the very high production standards of The Pianist, but it is well made and it delivers a genuine period feel.

††† The audio and video transfers are very good.

††† The only shortcoming of this disc is its lack of real extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Aaron Devereaux (read my bio)
Saturday, October 22, 2005
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