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The Tin Drum Blu-ray Review



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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted December 31 2012 - 02:04 PM

Volker Schlondorff’s The Tin Drum is one of the more memorable fantasies in the history of international cinema. Its unique blend of comedy and drama reflected through the eyes of one remarkable character over two decades of societal and personal trials and tribulations has few equals, and while its excessive length and sometimes meandering plot make it occasionally less than riveting, the overall effect of its storytelling, its often tragic character analyses, and its rather sour view of Polish society in the first half of the 20th century demand that it be seen and experienced at least once.

 

A 40-second comment from Schlondorff after The Tin Drum tied with Apocalypse Now for the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or.   The theatrical trailer runs 3 ½ minutes in 1080i.   The enclosed 17-page booklet contains some film stills, cast and crew lists, critic Geoffrey Macnab’s appreciation of the movie, and brief comments from original author Gunter Grass on the adaptation.   The Criterion Blu-rays include a maneuvering tool called “Timeline” which can be pulled up from the menu or by pushing the red button on the remote. It shows you your progress on the disc and the title of the chapter you’re now in. Additionally, two other buttons on the remote can place or remove bookmarks if you decide to stop viewing before reaching the end of the film or want to mark specific places for later reference.    

In Conclusion

4.5/5 (not an average)   A one-of-a-kind, haunting cinematic event, The Tin Drum comes to Blu-ray in an exquisite high definition release with sterling picture and excellent sound and with a more than ample array of bonus features. Highly recommended!       Matt Hough Charlotte, NC


#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted January 02 2013 - 09:44 PM

If anyone is thinking of getting rid of their current Criterion Tin Drum, many of the extras do NOT carry over to this new release, and it is also a different cut of the film, so if you are a fan you will want both releases
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted January 03 2013 - 12:15 AM

Originally Posted by Moe Dickstein  If anyone is thinking of getting rid of their current Criterion Tin Drum, many of the extras do NOT carry over to this new release, and it is also a different cut of the film, so if you are a fan you will want both releases
Thanks for the information. I didn't have the previous DVD release, so I had no idea what had been dropped or added.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted January 03 2013 - 12:20 AM

Thanks, Matt, for the review, and to Moe for the heads up!





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