Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 23rd, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: France / Germany / Greece / UK, 1991
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Writer: Rudy Wurlitzer
Cast: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Dieter Kirchlechner, Traci Lind, Deborra-Lee Furness, August Zirner, Thomas Heinze, Bill Dunn, Peter Berling, Lorna Farrar, Kathleen Matiezen, Lou Cutell, Charley Hayward, Irwin Wynn, James Mathers, Perla Walter, Roland De Chandenay, Jacques Martial, Brigitte Catillon, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Erica Lawson
DVD released: May 25th, 2010
Approximate running time: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A man who has spent his life running away from his past. He is forced to finally deal things that he has left unresolved. When fate puts him on a collision course with the life that he reluctantly walked away from.
Voyager was directed by Volker Schlondorff, who’s other notable films include The Tin Drum and Death of a salesman. The screenplay for Voyager was written by Rudy Wurlitzer (Two-Lane Blacktop, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid). The screenplay was adapted from Swiss author Max Frisch’s novel ‘Homo Faber’.
At the core of Voyager is a story about a solitary man. Who is set in ways. Enter fate who then forces him to divert away from his comfort zone. When we first meet the film protagonist Walter Faber he is about to board a airplane going to Mexico. While waiting for his plane to leave he is befriended by a German man, who swears he knows him. Wanting to be left alone. He contemplates skipping his flight. A flight attendant drags him reluctantly on the flight. After the plane that that he is traveling on crashes in the desert. He slowly starts to let others in and he discovers that the German man is the brother of a old friend of his. Shortly thereafter Walter once again alters his destiny. When he decides to go with the German man who is going to see Walter’s friend. Instead of going to New York as he originally planned to do. When they arrive at the German man’s brothers home. They discover that his brother has killed himself. Walter then returns to New York only to discover that a girlfriend who he no longer cares about is not willing to let go of him just yet. Not wanting to have to deal with her. He on a whim gets on a boat for Paris. Shortly after he gets on the boat he meets a young woman named Elizabeth, who he renames ‘Sabeth’. Without giving away to much about the film main twist. Their evolving relationship is put in jeopardy the closer Walter gets to reconnecting with his past.
The opening set up leading to Walter getting on the boat for Paris is flawless. Things start to unravel once the moments he crosses paths with the Sabeth character. One of the things that makes the film from here on out lose the momentum that had been built early on. Is that the characters just seem to be aimlessly going from one moment to the next. Another things that weakens that latter part of the film is that it is not too hard to see where things are going. And by the time that the film’s conclusion rolls around. The final resolution is kind of a letdown. Without a doubt this film greatest assets are its two leads, Sam Shepard (Days of Heaven) in the role of Walter Faber and Julie Delpy (Killing Zoe) in the role of Sabeth.
Scorpion Releasing presents Voyager in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The is a strong progressive flagged transfer. That boasts vibrant colors and natural looking flesh tones. Black levels fare well and details look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 37 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), alternate opening title (2 minute 59 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), deleted scenes (7 minutes 3 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in German, no English subtitles) and interviews with director Volker Schlondorff (26 minutes 42 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), actress Julie Delpy (16 minutes 35 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer (11 minutes 39 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Volker Schlondorff discusses the films he made leading up to Voyager, The novel which the film is based on, collaborating with author Max Frisch and the cast. Julie Delpy discusses how she got cast in this film, working with Volker Schlondorff and Sam Shepard and other films that she has worked on like Killing Zoe, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Rudy Wurlitzer discusses the screenplay. Overall Voyager gets an exceptional release from Scorpion Releasing.