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Der Bunker (BluRay) 
Written by: on September 17th, 2016


Theatrical Release Date: Germany, 2015
Director: Nikias Chryssos
Writer: Nikias Chryssos
Cast: Pit Bukowski, Daniel Fripan, Oona von Maydell, David Scheller

BluRay released: August 23rd, 2016
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 German
Subtitles: English
BluRay Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.99


Synopsis: A young student looking for an isolated place to do his research ends up in a bunker teaching peculiar young boy.

Der Bunker features one of wildest premises to ever get made into a feature film. And the uniqueness does not end there as this film is literally a melting pot of genres. Just when you think that this film is playing things for laughs, in then takes a sharp turn in a completely different direction. Oddly enough when it comes to the narrative things are straight forward and easy to follow.

Without a doubt this film greatest assets are its characters. And no character is more outlandish then Klaus a young boy who looks much older than his actual age. Of course this is part of this film everlasting charm, casting a grown man to play the role of a young boy. Then there is Klaus parents simply referred to as father and mother. And out of these three characters the father might just be the most normal? After all the mother character has a weird sore on her leg and she sometimes talks to it. The fourth character in this motley crew is the student looking for solitude. Though this character starts off normal, by the end of the movie he has made great transformation and no longer resembles who he once was.

From a production stand point there is not a single area where this film does not deliver and then some. The rock solid visuals add greatly to the story at and and there is also a diversity to said visuals that goes in hand in hand with this eccentric behavior on display. And perhaps in a film filled with odd imagery, one is more bizarre then the moment when Klaus gets some of his mother’s milk. Performance wise all the actors are amazing in their respective roles. With this film most mesmerizing performance coming from Daniel Fripan in the role of Klaus!

The BluRay:

Der Bunker comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate ad black levels remain solid throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in German and included with this release are removable English subtitles. This film is more intimate affair and this audio mix does a superb job ensuring every sound comes through with just the right amount of clarity. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.

Extras for this release include, deleted scenes (20 minutes, in German with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with screenwriter / director Nikias Chryssos who discusses the opening credits / titles, how the film was shot in three locations, the cast & information about them, the look of the film, cinema & other things that influenced the film, why this film does not fit into multiple genres and key moments are discussed in-depth.

Rounding out the extras are trailers for other films also available from Artsploitation Films. Overall Der Bunker gets a first rate release from Artsploitation Films.

Note: Artsploitation Films are also releasing this film on DVD.

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