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The Round Up [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Classification: 12
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 18, 2011
  • RRP: £19.99

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

It’s 1942 in Paris and the Vichy has decided to collude with the Germans to rid France of thousands of “Israelites.” Over 13,000 Parisian Jews are rounded up, including over 4,000 children and herded like cattle into the now infamous Velodrome d’Hiver stadium, where they will stay before being shipped off to internment camps inFrance, like the Beaune-La-Rolande, before their ultimate destination int the Nazi concentration camps to be gassed.

The Round Up (La rafle), writer/director Rose Bosch’s film about this heinous period in recent French history follows the lives and fates of the people involved in this “round up” from the young Jo Weismann (Hugo Leverdez), whom we first meet in the beginning of the film having to suffer the indignity of wearing the yellow Star of David and being sent off to school for the first time being singled out as a Jew, to Dr, David Sheinbaum (Jean Reno; Leon), the Jewish doctor doing his best to tend to the sick children in the camps and Annette Monod (Mélanie Laurent), the Protestant nurse working as his assistant who cared for the children as they were her own.

It’s a powerful, intense drama that will linger with you for a long time after watching it; definitely one of the finest films of recent vintage to tackle this period of history.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The Round Up was beautifully filmed on 35mm and this AVC encodement on Blu-ray is wonderfully clean, crisp, and nuanced without a speck of dirt, dust, or scratches. There’s a thin layer of grain over the images that offers just a bit of texture, lacks ore deep, and flesh tones natural.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack includes forced English subtitles, so for anyone from the French-speaking world looking to pick up this particular region-free release, that may be something to take into consideration. The mix itself is quite good. It’s certainly not aggressive and one wouldn’t expect it to be, but it has a good amount of atmospherics in the surround channels and clean dialogue. Little subtleties can be be heard, proving that lossless codecs are great not only for the big, bombastic action flicks, but even for quiet films such as this.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

There’s a rather interesting making-of featurette that includes some of the real-life people portrayed in the film as well as lots of behind-the-scenes production footage and interviews with the actors and filmmakers.

  • Making Of (1.78:1; PAL; 00:26:29)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

A moving drama that is beautifully acted and wonderfully filmed, The Round Up is a must-see cinematic document.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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