Snowflake Blu-ray Review

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Funny, Fresh, and Clever German Filmmaking

What if I told you the most thrillingly original and creative movie from the past year was an underground German masterpiece? Recalling the gritty characters of a young Tarantino and layered with the meta-narratives of Charlie Kaufman, Snowflake is the most wonderfully bold piece of filmmaking to hit the international scene in years.

Filmmaker Adolfo J. Kolmerer’s movie is a unique, funny and vastly entertaining rollercoaster ride that has various groups of killers all going after the same two men in Berlin. It’s a dark, compelling and utterly hilarious movie. Set in a Berlin after current Western society has largely become lawless, Snowflake has incredibly colorful and memorable characters. That includes its very own superhero, a dentist moonlighting as a screenplay writer, an angel, cannibalistic serial killers, and a senile man that may or may not be God.

The self-aware plot and characters are ingenious. A young woman named Eliana (Xenia Assenza) has been recently orphaned and has one remaining purpose in life. She wants the two men responsible for her parent’s deaths killed without mercy. Dragged into Eliana’s mission is her older bodyguard Carson (David Masterson). Through Carson’s connections throughout Europe, a slew of dangerous killers are hired to execute her parent’s murderers. What happens next is clever, original and quirky.

This is easily one of the freshest scripts and most compelling movie ideas to come around in a long time.

Outlaws Tan (Acar) and Javid (Brojerdi), two criminals that could have been pulled from a Tarantino flick, find their actions guided by a mysterious screenplay written by a bumbling dentist. Their lives begin resembling Charlie Kaufman-like storytelling by way of Tarantino. Things only get weirder when they encounter a guardian angel and a superhero that goes by the name of Hyper Electro Man. Trust me, everything makes sense once the non-linear narrative settles down into a nice groove.

Snowflake is smart, fun filmmaking that feels incredibly polished. The narrative has a playful attitude that embraces the eccentric characters. Many high-concept scripts tend to fall apart as everything starts coming together. Snowflake avoids that issue with a strong final act that wraps everything up nicely in a bow. The hilarious post-credits scene is the icing.

There is no doubt that Snowflake would develop a huge cult following in America if it were in English. Only the orphan and her bodyguard speak much English in this German-sourced movie. Snowflake has a wicked sense of black humor with memorable villains and clever dialogue.

The plot avoids all the usual formulaic nonsense Hollywood screenwriters use for commercial movies. I have no doubt there is a studio executive in Hollywood right now hoping to remake Snowflake for American audiences. This is easily one of the freshest scripts and most compelling movie ideas to come around in a long time.

Video

Snowflake has been filmed using the Canon EOS 5D Mk III digital camera. The indie production aims for a drab, nearly monochromatic palette for Berlin. Outside of banding and minor compression noise in the AVC encode, it’s a technically astute transfer. The main feature runs 121 minutes at its proper 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The 1080P video is sharp with decent clarity.

The German production’s strict color grading doesn’t lend itself to outstanding picture quality. However, its Hi-Def video has strong resolution and detail. The digital filmmaking has pristine video free of defects. Shadow delineation is acceptable with solid black levels. While this isn’t demo material, Snowflake looks great for its budget.

Audio

Made on a limited budget, Snowflake’s 5.1 German Dolby Digital soundtrack has excellent sound design and fidelity. Snowflake has plenty of violent action and even a few set pieces, mostly courtesy of Hyper Electro Man’s fights. The dialogue is easily intelligible, important for the smart dialogue exchanges. The surround mix has solid dynamic range with a nice low-end presence. It’s a discrete mix with surprising depth and placement.

A secondary 2.0 German Dolby Digital option is included. It doesn’t provide the same amount of theatrical sound or presence of its surround sibling. Definitely go with the bigger, more bombastic 5.1 action. Optional English and English SDH subtitles appear in yellow fonts, always remaining inside the 2.35:1 presentation.

Extras

Artsploitation Films provides the movie’s trailer and an extensive behind-the-scenes documentary well worth watching for filmmaking geeks. It’s a great peek behind the curtain of how the movie was shot and put together from the set.

Snowflake Theatrical Trailer (02:34 in HD)

Making of Snowflake Featurette (58:52 in HD; German w/ English subtitles) – This lengthy documentary has far more behind-the-scenes footage than normal. The footage is taken directly from the set as the movie is being made, showing director Adolfo J. Kolmerer and crew do their thing. It is an intimate glimpse behind the scenes and gives a great idea of how many of the critical scenes were constructed.

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Snowflake

A crazy and clever German movie that hits all the right notes down its darkly comic path.

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