In fact, it felt very much like a typical "European" movie, in which much of the value belongs in the subtext of the story (can you say "existential"). The strange part is that I actually believe in some of the things that this film was trying to portray, which is that "nothing in coincidental" and that all things lead to other things, fate and all that jazz, but why did they have to drag it out like this? Why did they have the characters talking so mannered and slow to one another (unrealistic)? (this made their characters less real to me, and therefore, less engaging as a viewer) There were also too many questions left unanswered. Maybe if I watch the movie a second time one day, I would like and understand it more. See if if you're in the mood for some wicked sky shots, some awesome visuals, symbolism up the wazoo and more of the lovely Potente, otherwise, skip it and watch LOLA run around Germany once again.
"The Making of" The Princess and the Warrior (35 minutes): This is not your typical bullshit fluff-piece, it actually features real conversations with all of the main people associated to the picture, including its stars (Potente with super-short red hair), her co-stars, the director and more. It's an interesting watch and does give you more insight as to what they were going for with the film, but does spend too much time on the psychiatric ward (never been much of a fan of those in films). It's also splattered with many other deleted scenes, including some more visually stunning shots (one with a fast-motion tram which is awesome!) and some behind-the-scenes stuff, including a couple of outtakes. Definitely worth the watch if you liked the film.
Commentary#1 from director Tom Tykwer: I quite enjoyed Tom's commentary track on RUN LOLA RUN, which was both informative and interesting to listen to, and the same can be said for the man's track here. Excellent. I love a director who "gets" the medium. This guy talks constantly and he knows what to discuss. He mentions the cast, he gives you insight on the production, and even more importantly in a movie such as this, he gives you the motivations behind the characters, he tells you about what he was trying to say or do in certain scenes, and basically schools you on his movie. Great work and a solid English speaker, if I don't say so myself. I wish I could speak German that well! Wunderbar! And as if that wasn't enough, Tykwer gets involved in a 2nd commentary track, but this time with stars Franka Potente and Benno Furmann by his side. The man already covered plenty in his own track, but if you're interested in the respective actors' takes on the film and their motivations, their reasons for doing this or that, this track is also worth the listen. No dead time. Potente is also a solid English speaker and Furmann, was surprisingly literate in our language as well. Yay for bilingualism!
The disc also features the "basics" which include filmographies, trailers (for this film, RUN LOLA RUN and GO) and a music video, featuring scenes from the movie, which is actually, pretty groovy.