“Altina” is a documentary about a trendsetter who came to rise as America grew into the modern era. Fashionistas will remember her as creating the famous Harlequin eyeglasses. Film nerds like me remember the documentary she made about the brutality of the Nazis. But, what about the other times? Who was this insanely talented woman?

Altina Schinasi was a privileged woman who went out of her way to create something spectacular. Whether it was art or taking up social causes, this woman never shied away. The sheer amount of effort she spent in securing Jewish passage from Europe to North America saved scores of lives. Hell, it’s hard to pin down one moment from this incredible documentary that defines an incredible life.

The DVD comes with a featurette, photo gallery and samples of art as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty stunning for a recent documentary. The transfer shows no signs of noise. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track feels insanely powerful. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

Release Date: OUT NOW!

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