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Lives Of Others, The (Leben Der Anderen, Das)
Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 123 (Sept 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Martina Gedeck, Ulrich M

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include director commentary, a 30-minute interview with Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a 19-1/2-minute making-of featurette, seven deleted scenes with optional commentary, previews, and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17085
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For some sexuality/nudity
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 138
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/21/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1984's East Germany, only certain citizens were allowed to live private lives. As a playwright, Georg Dreyman (Koch) was one such individual. But when Minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) becomes infatuated with Dreyman's girlfriend Christa-Maria Sieland (Gedeck), his life becomes anything but private. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
With solid black levels and well-rendered shadow delineation, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD can look very dimensional. Details are resolved well and contrast is balanced nicely. Color is appropriately saturated, although hues are limited for a neutral appearance. Source element artifacts can be noticed at times, and edge enhancement is minor. (Danny Richelieu)

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