The People Vs. Fritz Bauer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong presentation.
Sharpness consistently pleased. Only a sliver of softness ever occurred, so the vast majority of the movie looked tight and accurate. I witnessed no shimmering or jagged edges, and the movie lacked edge haloes or source defects.
Most period pieces like People opt for an amber feel, and some of that materialized here, but much of the movie went for standard orange and teal. I wasn’t wild about that choice as a stylistic decision, but I couldn’t fault the reproduction of the hues, as they came across well.
Blacks were deep and dark, and low-light shots offered smooth, clear elements. All aspects of the image satisfied.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed more than capable for a character drama such as People. The mix managed to open up on occasion and use the five speakers in an involving manner. For instance, a scene in Israel offered signs of battle in the background, and thunderstorms also boasted nice life.
However, those moments remained fairly infrequent, as the majority of the film focused on dialogue and general atmosphere. This left us with a mostly unambitious soundscape, which was fine with me. A movie like this didn’t need a dynamic soundfield, and the end result created a good feel for the settings.
Audio quality appeared pleasing. Music was lively and lush, while speech appeared distinctive and concise. Effects showed good clarity and accuracy, with nice low-end when necessary. I felt the audio suited the story.
Minor extras flesh out the set. Making of The People Vs. Fritz Bauer goes for 13 minutes, 32 seconds and provides info from director Lars Kraume, screenwriter Olivier Guez, production designer Cora Pratz, costume designer Esther Walz, co-producer Barbara Buhl and actors Burghart Klaussner, Laura Tonke, and Ronald Zehrfeld,
The show examines story/characters, factual elements and liberties, cast and performances, period details, costumes and production design. Though we get some decent notes about a few filmmaking areas, this remains a fairly superficial overview.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of eight minutes, 38 seconds. We see “Vorzimmer” (1:00), “Stuttgart” (2:16), “Shinnar” (1:48), “Taxi” (1:20) and “Cellarclub” (2:14).
All of these concentrate on Bauer, and we get a little more background about his life as well as aspects related to his pursuit of Eichmann. None of this seems essential, but the clips add some interesting moments.
The disc opens with ads for Come What May, Three Films from Claude Chabrol and Howards End. We also find a trailer for People.
A fairly good historical drama, The People Vs. Fritz Bauer delivers an engaging take on its subject. The movie illuminates about past events and does so in an involving manner. The Blu-ray brings us positive picture and audio but lacks notable supplements. Even without useful bonus materials, People deserves my recommendation.