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Called dramatic, accurate and harrowing by the San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the Oscar(r)for Best Foreign Film, Downfall takes you into Hitler's bunker during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors.
- In German with English subtitles
- Making-of Featurette
- Cast and Crew Interviews
- Commentary by Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
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Given "Downfall" is all in German and so well-acted it seems like it was shot "live" in those actual days. Its subtitled of course but you adjust quickly and it doesn't distract from the move in any way. Many of the actors bare striking resemblances to the real characters. I have read many reviews that complain this movie humanizes Hitler more but I don't really agree. I think it shows him for what he was and in no way makes him a sympathetic character. If you like well done movies and World War II interests you then I recommend this movie above all others about the last days in the bunker.
With regard to the quality of the product itself, the Blu-ray version is terrible. The video quality is very poor, with more graininess than the copy I downloaded from YouTube. I did run it on several players; Panasonic, Samsung and LG. The results were the same on all three.
To be fair, there are selected scenes that Momentum pictures did upgrade to Blu-ray quality, but they are outnumbered by the substandard video quality.
Maybe it's a copy instead of an original, but it certainly does not rate as Blu-ray quality. I believe the standard DVD version would be more consistent.
Again, my review is based solely on the quality of the Blu-ray versions attempt at upgrading to 1080p and not the movie itself.