Great movie, even with Film Goggles on
Ryan | 05/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a film student studying to be a cinematographer, I am painfully aware of many films and their techniques. I can honestly say that this film was entertaining and exciting for both the film-maker and the cinema enthusiast inside of me. The film itself is wonderfully designed in both the story and the way the film was shot as well. The Blu-Ray is breathtaking; beautifully designed and mastered.
I hate it when plots are revealed to me, so I'll try not to spoil anything here.
The plot was an interesting look on the decisions that people make every day and how those impact others that they encounter. The director used interesting twists and seemingly unrelated concepts to advance the plot, which was nice since he allowed viewers to develop their own concepts and theories about what is actually happening.
The cinematography and montage design of the film was excellent. The techniques that they used with soviet constructivist design and intensified continuity heightened the sense of urgency that the film was getting across for most of the film. The shots were beautifully designed, taking some long shots with amazing colors that pop right off of the screen on the Blu-Ray.
The menu in the Blu-Ray is functional and themed appropiately with the film. The special features aren't really aything to shake a stick at, but it's nice that they were included nonetheless. The English version of the film with the re-dubbing is not very good at all, as is true for most dubbed films. If you're seriously going to watch the film, I would suggest the German audio with the English subtitles. Also good to note that the Blu-Ray has a great commentary with Franka and the director."
Edward Dean Gutierrez | anaheim ca usa | 05/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i had to buy it once i saw RUN LOLA RUN was available on blu-ray; it is a great movie at a great price."
Get Going, Lola! Great German Film!
Scotman | Mt. Shasta, CA | 06/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have not watched a lot of foreign films so I thought I'd grab Run Lola, Run. It's a surreal film in a lot of ways. Even before we get to the star crossed lovers who get in over their heads with a fencing mob operation, the film wobbles through crowds of people asking about Man, the way he questions, the answers leading to more questions, in a circular philosophy.
The camera focuses on a few of the people who will later play larger roles later in the film. Finally, a security guard says "Scheisse" happens and kicks a soccer ball high in the air!
We fly with the ball, and then come down to Lola's world. As you've read in other reviews and synopses, it's basically about Lola's boyfriend, who explains that during a fencing operation with some diamonds, he sold the diamonds to a fence for 100,000 Marks, and now he only has twenty minutes before meeting the mob boss who will kill Manni (her boyfriend) when the boss finds out Manni lost the money on the subway.
"And it's all your fault for being late!" he yells at her which was really not fair, being the irresponsible dork that he really is. But I digress!
Hitchcock has always said that rather than having a bunch of talking heads in a film, that one should use the cinema as a way of communicating (or words to that effect) and Lola definitely delivers.
First, Lola actually has a power or two. First, she can run for miles without being hardly out of breath. And two, she can scream with such intensity that she can break glass.
There are actually three scenarios or 20 minute clips that show the various fates of Lola and the people she runs across.
In the first one, she screams and shatters mirrors! Then she throws the phone up in the air and it lands flawlessly on the phone cradle. Then she runs! There is some animation in here too as well as some cool electronic music to keep us moving. A few seconds difference in running into a neighbor's dog makes a woman who was delayed by this now win the lottery. Makes a bike thief become a bum. And so on!
Manni wants to rob a store to get the money. Lola fails with her cheating father and helps Manni rob the store. She comes to a bad end.
In the second one, much as the first, she throws the phone into the air, lands flawlessly on the cradle, but this time (to make a long story short) Manni meets an untimely fate.
In the third one, when all parties are more or less behaving themselves and are doing good for others, things turn out the best. At least for Lola and Manni.
The DVD has French and English subtitles if you want, as well as voice-over English and French. I chose the English and it went quite smoothly.
Interesting too that the credits roll UP as opposed to American films rolling down. Wild stuff. Understandable why this film won the Audience Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
So run, do not walk, to your favorite DVD store and pick this up!
Other Franka Potente (Lola) Films:
The Princess and the Warrior
Bourne Identity (Single-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
A Must See masterpiece of A Film
Jason Sum | IL, USA | 06/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never seen this Film until Last Night
There are a Number of Things that Blow my mind about this
Very Unique Must See Film
For one it was made in 1998 You can not tell everything about this film is So Bright, Slick and Screams Now.
This Film is Solid Proof A Movie can go Beyond a Movie and Be True Art (You'd think it was made maybe a year ago) Director/Writer Tom Tykwer is awesome
It was made with a small 2million dollar Budget u can't tell!
This Film does so much with so little it's nothing sort than amazing! Everyone involved put so much of there heart and soul into getting this Film made and put out
It's so worthy to be a Cult Film!
The Actors are Perfectly Cast
Franka Potente as Lola steels the Film (I wish her major Success and happiness) She really has that "IT" Factor that so many young American Actress don't have these days!
The soundtrack is also stunning it serves a major part of the Moving/Pacing of the film!
The Best way to try 2 explain the Plot is Simple
Take The grittiness "Real" Feel of A Film like Reservoir Dogs mix it with Groundhog Day/Sliding Doors & Romeo and Juliet
and you'll have Run Lola Run
It's one of those Films That can evoke so many emotions
And you'll watch it again and again
I never saw this film on any other Format (LD, Vhs, DVD) But, as far as a HD Transfer it's Great. Good Bright Colors, Plenty of Detail.... In the Still Running 10Year Feature u do see SD Clips from the film those snippets will give u a Idea how good the HD transfer is!
Without a Doubt a True Buried Treasure and a Must Own for any Film Collector who want the Best Print Version to Date
I Highly recommend this BR 9.8/10"