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Barbara Blu-ray

United States
Lorber Films | 2012 | 101 min | Not rated | Nov 12, 2013

Barbara (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
German: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Barbara

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Barbara Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, the new film from renowned director Christian Petzold (Jerichow) is a suspenseful chamber piece about an accomplished Berlin physician, banished to a rural hospital as punishment, who is torn between the promise of escape across the border and her growing love for a fellow colleague — who may be planning to betray her to the secret police.

For more about Barbara and the Barbara Blu-ray release, see Barbara Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke
Director: Christian Petzold

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Barbara Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Barbara cycles onto Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that looks great, minus one or two minor issues. Shot on 35mm, the film retains its naturally fine grain structure here, and there are no tell-tale signs of contrast/color boosting or edge enhancement. The bare image needs no embellishment. The picture is reasonably sharp throughout, with fine textures easily visible in the characters' clothing and facial features. Occasionally, the picture is so sharp that mere 1080p has trouble resolving all of the detail. In some early scenes, for instance, the weft of Barbara's knit sweater is so crisp that a bit of moire/shimmer is introduced. When there is softness in the picture, it's clearly attributable to the film stock and lenses used— and maybe some misplaced focus—and not any defect in the transfer. However, there is perhaps a bit too much compression here; in a few darker sequences, digital noise appears amid the grain, and there are even a few quick instances of mild macroblocking. None of this is particularly noticeable, though, unless you're going out of your way to look for it.


Barbara Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Unfortunately, Lorber Films/Adopt Films' Blu-ray release doesn't include any lossless or uncompressed audio options, featuring only a German-language Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track. It's worth noting that the film's German Blu-ray edition included this track only as a backup, but defaulted to a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. So, a lossless, multichannel option does exist, and we have to wonder why Adopt Films wasn't able to use it. The good news is that since the film is heavily dialogue-driven and almost entirely bereft of a musical score, there's not much here that would take advantage of the extra clarity and dynamism that a lossless mix would provide. The actors' voices are clear and clean, and there are no balancing problems whatsoever. That said, you can tell this is lossy audio, particularly in high-end sounds—like wind rustling leaves in the trees—which lack fullness and can sometimes be a little harsh. (Never distracting, but a bit brighter than you'd expect.) Of course, we're also missing the rear channel involvement we would've gotten if Adopt Films had secured the use of the 5.1 mix. Disappointing. The other odd choice here is the decision to hardcode the English subtitles, which appear in white, easy-to-read lettering.



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Barbara Blu-ray - October 14, 2013

Adopt Films and Kino Lorber have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray acclaimed German director Christian Petzold's award winning film Barbara (2012), starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, and Rainer Bock. The release will be available for purchase ...

Kino Lorber Blu-ray in November: Sokurov, Petzold, Leeds - August 29, 2013

Kino Lorber will add three titles to their Blu-ray catalog in November: acclaimed Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's groundbreaking film Russian Ark (2002), German director Christian Petzold's Barbara (2012), and David Leeds' classic western Shoot the Sun Down ...




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