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09 July 2018

Second Sight explores BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (review)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's epic fifteen-hour, fourteen-part adaptation of Alfred Döblin's novel BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ comes to limited edition Blu-ray.  Released from prison after a four year sentence for the murder of his lover, Franz Biberkof struggles to stay honest in Weimar Germany.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ Blu-ray specs:
  • Thirteen episodes and an epilogue on four Blu-ray discs with a fifth bonus disc
  • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • German LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Forced English subtitles
  • "Fassbinder: Love Without Demands" feature-length documentary (107 minutes)
  • An Appreciation by Tony Rayns (44 minutes)
  • "Fassbinder Phantasmagoria" a visual essay by Daniel Bird
  • "Berlin Alexanderplatz: A Mega Movie and Its Story" featurette (65 minutes)
  • "The Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz" (44 minutes)
  • Restoration Notes by Juliane Lorenz (32 minutes)
  • Restoration: Before and After
  • Original Broadcast Recaps
  • Berlinale 2007 Trailer
  • 60-page perfect bound booklet featuring new essay by Cahiers Du Cinema's Stephane du Mesnildot and archive material by Wim Wenders, Thomas Elsasser and Christian Braad Thomsen

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