Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New DVD Release

Freispruch für Old Shatterhand

Director: Hans Heinrich
Starring: Friedrich G. Beckhaus, Guenter Hanke, Toni Herbert, Gerhard Schinschke, Walter Janssen

Country: Germany
Label: Pidax film media Ltd. (Alive AG)
Discs: 1
Format: Dolby, PAL
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German
Running time: 63 minutes
Released: February 16, 2018

For those not familiar with the title it is a semi-documentary about a trial in 1910 Berlin when Karl May sued his adversary Rudolf Lebius for libel. Lebius had called him a born criminal. Lebius brings evidence for May's criminal record during the trial. In flashbacks, May remembers his time in the labor camp and penitentiary and the various crimes with his sidekick Priegel. May's attorney and May himself try to show the "other side"; to clarify the causes and psychological reasons that made him a criminal. And they prove that May is purified. Mays fantasies in the form of film excerpts from the Karl May films with Lex Barker and Pierre Brice are included .

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