Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, Frank Geiring
A family on holiday are terrorised by
a pair of initially-charming psychopaths.
Michael Hanakeís intriguing thriller
plays with audience expectations and genre conventions, and cleverly
challenges the viewer to question their motives for continuing to watch
the entertainment on offer.
Tartanís disc, presented in
non-anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio, with German 2.0 stereo sound (at 224kbps) is
apparently taken from a subtitled theatrical print, is generally
satisfactory, but there are a few signs annoying of digital artefacts. A
trailer and a brace of text supplements, including an interview with the
director, are offered to sweeten the pill.
Tartan's 2006 Special Edition
The new re-mastered version improves over
the old in several respects: it's a new anamorphic transfer - this time
without burnt-in subtitles - and it's on a DVD-9, rather than a DVD-5. The
average bit-rate is a lot more adaptive, and, at 6.4Mb/s, has more data
allocated to it than the old version, which had an average bit-rate of
5.58Mb. Contrary to the press release, though, it does not have 5.1 audio
- it's a 2.0 track. Note, too, that the disc is coded for Region 2 only
(the sleeve says Region 0).
The new disc has a new eighteen-minute
video interview with the director (the old version's Director Interview
was a text article). The Special Edition also contains a trailer for the
film (1m), and trailers for Guy X, Primer, The
Proposition and Battle in Heaven.
Menu screens from this release can be seen