Sophie Scholl (UK BD) in October

Drakes Avenue Pictures have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of Sophie Scholl on 27th October 2008 priced at £24.99 RRP. Echoing Downfall’s contemplation of the darkest period of Germany’s history, the award winning Sophie Scholl is a heartbreaking drama, based on real life events and the activities of the White Rose resistance group.

The All Region Blu-ray Disc presents the film in 1080P and offers two and half hours of extras (in SD NTSC format so they’re compatible with all players), which is actually quite impressive given how barebones (and non-anamorphic) the DVD release was back in April '06. Using a dual-layer BD50, features include:

  • 1080/24p 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • German PCM Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Behind-the-Scenes of the Production – ‘Making of Sophie Scholl’ Multi-part documentary (55mins)
  • 12 Deleted and Alternate Scenes (36mins)
  • Historical Interviews:
    • Franz Muller (White Rose Member) & Walter Gebel (nephew of Sophie Scholl’s cellmate Else Gebel) (19mins)
    • Will Mohr (son of Inspector Mohr) (7mins)
    • Elisabeth Hartnagel (Sister of Sophie and Hans Scholl with archive trial footage) (30mins)
  • Trailer


More about the film…

Munich, 1943. 21 year old Sophie Scholl and a group of young men put leaflets denouncing Hitler into envelopes. When Sophie’s brother Hans offers to distribute more at the university the next day, Sophie also volunteers to help. They seem to have achieved their task safely until Sophie showers leaflets over the atrium as the bell for recess rings. As Sophie and Hans try to escape, the caretaker denounces them.

At Gestapo headquarters Sophie is interrogated by Robert Mohr, a one-time country policeman elevated by Hitler’s regime. An intense psychological duel ensures in the interrogation room between Sophie and Mohr; she lies and denies then schemes and challenges. Ultimately crushing evidence is presented and, though forced to confess, Scholl fights to save the lives of her brother and friends.

Based on transcripts of the interrogation and witness interviews, Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl is a tense and illuminating account of an extremely courageous stance taken against overwhelming odds. Featuring a startling, Silver Bear Berlin winning performance from Julia Jentsch (Downfall, The Edukators) in the title role, the film also won a Silver Bear for its director as well as numerous other European film awards.

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