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The Revenant

The Revenant

USA 2015 - mit Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson ...

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Originaltitel:The Revenant
Genre:Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Regie:Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Produktionsland:USA 2015
Laufzeit:Ca. 156 Min.
FSK:From 16 years
Anzahl der Disc:1
Sprachen:German (5.1 DTS), English (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), Hungarian, Polish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Untertitel:Deutsch, Englisch, Griechisch, Ungarisch, Polnisch
Bildformat:16:9 (2.40:1)
Extras:Documentation, Picture Gallery
Label:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Film: North America in 1823: The experienced trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is supposed to bring a group of hunters and soldiers led by Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) safely through the area of the Arikara Indians to their next base. But after an attack of the Arikara many of Henry's men are dead and most of the captured skins are lost. The mood among the few survivors is heated up. Especially John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) isn't very good at Glass and his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) and just wants to get himself and his prey to safety as fast as possible. But the group is stopped again when Glass is attacked by a grizzly bear and seriously injured. Together with young Jim Bridger (Will Poulter) and Hawk, Fitzgerald agrees to stay with the injured glass until it is either transportable or dead. But then the events start to roll over: Fitzgerald wants to save Glass from his suffering, but is surprised by Hawk, whom he kills in front of his father's eyes. Then Fitzgerald persuades his young companion to bury the more dead than living glass and follow the others to the base. But Glass doesn't die. He succeeds in freeing himself from his safe grave and finds new strength in the one thought that drives him from now on: he wants to avenge the death of his beloved son, no matter what it takes…

That Leonardo DiCaprio is a first-class actor, is probably also now understood by the last critic. DiCaprio, who was often underestimated in the past, deserved an Oscar long ago, be it for "Wolf of Wall Street", "Django Unchained" or "Shutter Island". But so far this last honour has remained denied him. The fact that it has now worked out with "The Revenant - Der Rückkehrer" was therefore almost a matter of course. However, a deserved, because what DiCaprio in the new film by "Birdman" director Alejandro G. DiCaprio. Iñárritu is hard to beat in intensity and power. For long stretches he manages without dialogue and relies on his body language and facial expressions all by himself. That's what makes it so great that you're willing to throw Oscars at the TV.

However, the film lives not only from the excellent game DiCaprios and his comrades-in-arms, such as a Tom Hardy, whom one can hate as a spectator from the bottom of one's heart or a very sovereign Domhnall Gleeson. The mix of survival drama and revenge thriller is also another testimony to the skill and versatility of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. It's absolutely fascinating how he manages to tell the actually very simple story in an incredibly gripping, emotional and visually impressive way. With the help of cameraman Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubekzi, the rough landscape at the locations in Canada and Argentina was captured in wonderful pictures that one simply has to have experienced on the big screen. With his very special style of directing, Iñárritu makes the strains that the men around Captain Henry had to endure really palpable for his audience.

The quality of the skills of all participants in the relentlessly realistically implemented bear attack is clearly evident. They may not be the cruellest images of the film, but they are certainly the ones that will be remembered most deeply by the audience. The perfect interplay of DiCaprio's physical devotion, perfectly realized effects, a thrilling camera work and the atmospherically dense direction make this sequence an extremely intense visual experience. This also applies to other scenes of the movie, but not with the same power as in this almost hopeless duel.

"The Revenant" is truly not a perfect film. For this Iñárritu simply too often loses himself in his slow narrative flow and in his fascinating pictures. But even if some scenes are a little test of patience for the audience, this journey through the merciless wilderness of North America is a great cinema overall - even within one's own four walls. But there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!!!

Picture + sound: The film's wonderful landscape shots are also shown to advantage in home theater, where the overall picture is pleasantly deep. The colours are mixed in an atmospherically reduced way and the overall sharpness is at a very high level. Even in darker scenes the many small details come into their own very well. The sound is available in a pleasantly dynamic DTS 5.1 mix, which not only lets the voices sound out of the speakers in a way that is easy to understand, but also ensures a lot of movement in the surround range with well implemented sound effects. Very good.

Extras: Beside a picture gallery there is only the documentation "Departure into an unknown world" (approx. 44:04 min.) as the only extras. This is a very unusual, yet extremely interesting and well filmed making of, which fans of the movie shouldn't miss.

Fazit: "The Revenant" is a bit tough and bulky at times. But the fascinating camera work and the intensive play, especially by Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio, make this revenge story a very special film experience that presents itself on Blu-ray in very good picture and sound quality. As a bonus there is only one documentation, but it is very detailed and worth seeing. Altogether there is a clear one for this disc: Absolutely recommendable!

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