Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Triumph of the Will (Synapse Blu-ray)

I know. I know. This is an artistic movie that says so much about the time in which it took place, and is filled with premonition of what is to come in a few years from a regime that decided the German people wanted world domination and not just economic improvement for its people. Watching Triumph of the Will is an exercise in restraint. One minute you admire the filmmaking. You understand the propaganda machine in Germany and the one that probably works in any civilized nation. The next minute you remember that you’re watching an historical film. You know the next step. You know what’s going to happen after Hitler speaks to the German people. It’s terrifying. So what do you do? You have to disassociate and try to remember that this film is a document of something more terrifying than any Horror picture. It is the great foreshadow. It’s the literary tool that keys in the mind of a nation courtesy of the mind makers. Synapse Films is delivering us a chance to view this document via a beautiful new Blu-ray transfer.

This is a beautiful release, important in its historical context and treated very well in its 2k remaster. The transfer is solid, black levels excellent and uncrushed and the overall appearance is clean. This release comes with commentary track as well as removable English subtitles. It also includes as a bonus the Leni Riefenstahl short, Day of Freedom.

It is an important release for all fans of film, but especially those who have seen it banned and would prefer to see such important works archived in the best possible quality. Synapse offers this to us as a service to the larger film community.

You can order Triumph of the Will from Synapse:

From Synapse:
Leni Riefenstahl’s classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg, Germany, is considered by many to be one of the most important films ever made. Realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, this film was created to influence all of Germany to support the “power” of the Nazi Party.

Historically significant and, at times, a horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL continues to be controversial eighty years after its original release and has been banned in Germany for many decades. Until her death in 2003, Riefenstahl was under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler, spending her life haunted by the shadow of the Nazi Party.

This all-new remastered version of TRIUMPH OF THE WILL is derived from a new 2K scan, digitally corrected and restored under the supervision of film historian and preservationist, Robert A. Harris with digital restoration performed by Greg Kimble.


       All-new 2015 high-definition 2K remaster of TRIUMPH OF THE WILL from a duplicate 35mm fine grain master
       Original German language with all-new on screen identifications and newly translated removable English subtitles for the speeches
       Leni Riefenstahl’s short film DAY OF FREEDOM, remastered in high-definition
       Audio Commentary by Dr. Anthony R. Santoro, specialist on National Socialist German history
       Liner Notes
       Newly Translated Removable Subtitles in Multiple Languages, Including English, French, Spanish and Japanese
       Region Free Worldwide Playback

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