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Fitzcarraldo Blu-ray Review

Fitzcarraldo Blu-ray

“Fitzcarraldo” is one of Werner Herzog’s finest works.

If you haven’t picked up the excellent Herzog Collection Blu-ray set but were aching to get your hands on a “Fitzcarraldo” Blu-ray, you’re in luck! Shout! Factory has at long last released this title on a solo Blu-ray disc. For those that are unfamiliar with the film, it’s an epic 1982 tale about an eccentric Irishman (Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald AKA Fitzcarraldo) living in a small Peruvian city known as Iquitos. Fitzcarraldo dreams of building an opera house in this remote jungle city and sets out on a quest to achieve his goal by funding it through a crazy plan to obtain rubber in seemingly dangerous territories.

While writer/director Werner Herzog’s films may not for everyone, rabid cinema fans and art house film lovers have frequently gravitated towards the filmmaker’s work and it’s easy to see why with films such as “Fitzcarraldo.” Between his breathtaking, poetic, and mood setting visuals and his rich screenplay about dreams, obsessions, failures, and yes, opera, there’s a lot to absorb with Herzog’s work. On top of all of that, where else are you going to see a one of a kind cinematic sequence with a giant steamboat ship going up a mountain?

Note: If you haven’t seen it, I would also highly recommend the incredible documentary “Burden of Dreams.” It’s a wonderful docu about the making of “Fitzcarraldo.” Truth be told, this companion piece is just as good if not better than “Fitzcarrado” as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Stunning. Nothing more needs to be said.

Audio Tracks: German 2.0 DTS HD MA and English 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The primary track (the English 5.1 DTS-HD MA) is surprisingly a bit soft. It’s adequate, but I expected more.

Extras include a “Fitzcarraldo” trailer, a still gallery, a commentary by Werner Herzog, producer Lucki Stipetic, and moderator Norman Hill and a German commentary track by Herzog and moderator. Larens Straub.

Overall Thoughts: Whenever actor Klaus Kinski and filmmaker Werner Herzog worked together, they created something special. “Fitzcarraldo” is evidence to that claim.

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January 13, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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