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German Horror Classics (Nosferatu (1922) / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Waxworks / The Golem) (1929)

Paul Wegener , Albert Steinrück , Paul Wegener , Carl Boese  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Max Schreck, Greta Schröder
  • Directors: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese, F.W. Murnau, Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Carl Mayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 337 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JMQJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Box set includes The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Waxworks, The Golem

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Height of Silent-Era German Expressionism October 3, 2004
Like most artistic "isms," expressionism is difficult to define. In a general sense, it refers to art where the artist is less interested in depicting reality than in making a highly personal statement about a specific subject. Since this occurs to some degree in virtually all art, expressionism has very deep roots--but in the early 1900s it began to develop into a very specific arts movement, most often associated with the stage, where the legendary Eugene O'Neill would prove a master of the style. But it was also very specifically associated with post-World War I Germany, and in 1919 director Robert Wiene would create the first purely expressionistic film: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.

The film divided both critical and popular response, but once pure expressionism reached the screen it touched off a series of German films that dabbled in the style to at least some degree. This memorable Kino Video box set collects four of the most famous: the aforementioned CALIGARI, the 1920 THE GOLEM, the 1922 NOSFERATU, and the rarely seen 1924 WAXWORKS. Both individually and collectively, these films and others like them have cast an extremely long shadow, influencing directors as diverse as James Whale, Frederico Fellini, and Bob Fosse.

CALIGARI, THE GOLEM, and NOSFERATU are widely available in various "budget" releases, but it has been my hard-won experience that in such situations you get what you pay for: most are unwatchable. The Kino editions, however, are very much "best case" prints, contrast balanced and with original tints restored. Short of full digital restoration, this is as good as it gets, and while they may seem pricey in comparison they are well worth every cent.

Sadly, none of the DVDs offer significant bonus material.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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I am not going to comment on the films individually here, other than to mention that I was ecstatic to find that Kino made Art Zoyd's "Nosferatu" soundtrack available as an alternative on the "Nosferatu" DVD. I have had the Art Zoyd "Nosferatu" CD since it was first released, and found it to be quite a chilling musical score. It is very satisfying now to finally see it as an *actual* score along with the movie.
All of the discs seem to have very clean transfers. I do not have the luxury or experience to do a first-hand comparison of the various releases and transfers, but watching these DVDs the image is as clean as one could expect from films from the 1920's. It seems evident to me that care and not insignificant research was put into each DVD. I have very much enjoyed viewing all of the movies in the set. (Now, onto Murnau's Faust! And the soon-to-be-re-released Metropolis, also from Kino.)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German silent horror masterpieces in definitive prints September 24, 2005
When it comes to horror films, I am far off the beaten path and in another world. I like my horror subtle and moody and intelligent, not the modern slasher and splatter variety. Four of my all-time favorite horror films are the German Horror Classics silents in an elegant (and expensive--$70) boxed set from Kino Video-THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919), THE GOLEM (1920), NOSFERATU (1922), and WAXWORKS (1926). This boxed set is perfect for Halloween season, year after year. It is the ultimaTe show and tell at parties. Kino has the finest and longest prints, with original roadshow color tinting and a variety of evocative new music scores. You get what you pay for, and you are averaging only $18 a movie.

Most prints of Robert Weine's DR. CALIGARI only run 52 minutes, in B&W. This collection has it color-tinted at 75 minutes from a 35mm German film archive print and with two music score options-modern jazz or soft orchestra. This is the first great horror film, about a traveling circus with a madman and his murderous assistant. Also included on the disk is a 48 minute condensation of another Weine film, GENUINE: THE TALE OF A VAMPIRE (1920). A CALIGARI photo gallery is included.

THE GOLEM, from star/director Paul Wegener, is set in a medieval German town. A giant clay man helps save a village from an evil dictator. This was the forerunner of all the FRANKENSTEIN movies. It runs 86 minutes, from the Munich Film Archive, with a new music score.

Paul Leni's WAXWORKS was made in Germany only a couple of years before he did THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927). Jon Marsalis provides a lush new music score. The movie has the original roadshow color tinting and runs 85 minutes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmarks in film history August 11, 2005
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What an amazing boxed set. Wow. Works on every level. On a technical level, Kino Video has done a great job of presenting these films. They look great, have awesome menus, really cool extras, and each movie has two different music scores to choose from.

Now, onto the movies themselves. These are some truly great films. The most famous, and truly the most terrifying, is "Nosferatu." A groundbreaking feat from a legendary director, this is an atmospheric and chilling twist on the vampire legend (and quite a liberation from Bram Stoker's vision). I'm no film studies expert, but I know that a lot of the filming techniques here are pioneering, and produce a great "symphony of horror."

"The Golem" is an adaptation of an old Jewish legend dealing with the ancient branch of Hebrew mysticism known as Kabbahlism. (I wonder if all those Hollywood A-list types have seen this movie!) It is an eloquent and frightening tale of the chaos that results when man meddles with powers beyond himself; the Golem is Proteus' fire, or Victor Frankenstein's monster, or John Hammond's dinosaur theme park. A timeless message, presented here in a religious context. Quite a remarkable movie, boasting the best score of all the movies in this set.

"Waxworks" is perhaps less weighty than these first two, but no less entertaining. It's sort of like Madame Tussaud-meets-Scheherezade (pardon my poor spelling!). A compelling story well told, with good acting and pacing. Very good.

Finally, we come to "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." I've arranged my reviews in order of my esteem, and this one comes last because it fell short of my expecations. The story is fascinating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 4-Disc DVD Collection of Top Silent Horror Films
This Kino DVD collection contains 4 German Horror Classics (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Waxworks and The Golem). Read more
Published 13 months ago by MacheteJason
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movies
I recently fell in love with silent movies, and the German Expressionist movies are simply the best. Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dylan G. Bank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection That is Not To Be Missed!
This is the perfect gift for any film fan. These are essential films for a fan's collection and enjoyable to boot. It's difficult to not enjoy them over and over again. Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Lynn Ellingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds of Modern Horror
OK, if you have any other versions of these films, these are the transfers to get. I won't waste time doing a synopsis of each film. Read more
Published on July 23, 2008 by R. Rosener
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Films, but a Poor Deal
After several years of begging, I finally received this box set as a holiday gift, and I'm surprisingly disappointed with what I received. Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by shaxper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of German silent classics
F.W. Murnau's interpretation of Dracula, "Nosferatu", is a visually powerful film and perhaps the eeriest of all of the cinematic versions of the tale. Read more
Published on June 18, 2007 by calvinnme
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for those who get it!
I purchased these as a piece of history and was not dissapointed. Kino obviously has their act together and I will be buying more of their high quality movies in the future. Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by hummerfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars SILENCE IS STILL GOLDEN
Silence is golden, and no one proves that more that Kino, the most important leader in silent films on video. Read more
Published on May 30, 2003 by Alan W. Petrucelli
5.0 out of 5 stars LIEBERSTRAUM........
Cannot wax too profusely about this unique collection - it's for the sserious film student to behold - and perhaps for the not too serious - just to see 'how it was all done' with... Read more
Published on September 20, 2002
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Nosferatu DVD
It's the restored authorized edition. I don't know which "special edition" you're referring to, though. It's not the same as the new Kino Ultimate 2-Disk Edition, if that's what you're asking.
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