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Die Nibelungen (Special Kino Classics Edition) [Blu-ray]

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One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's monumental Die Nibelungen is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal UFA Studios.

Scripted by Lang's wife at the time, Thea von Harbou (Metropolis), Siegfried establishes larger-than-life heroic characters who are defined by tests of valor and rigid codes of honor. In order to win the hand of Kriemhild (Margarete Schoen), Siegfried (Paul Richter) must win a bride for her brother, King Gunther (Theodor Loos). Kriemhild's Revenge begins after the death of Siegfried, and weaves the treacherous tale of his widow's ungodly vengeance upon his murderers. The noble qualities of the first film become liabilities in the second, as the blood oaths and vows of loyalty bring about a maelstrom of violence that results in the slaughter of entire armies (Lang would continue to explore this theme of bloodlust and revenge in such films as Fury, The Big Heat, and Rancho Notorious, but never with such ferocity). This beautifully remastered edition boasts an all new high definition transfer. Features German intertitles with English subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature length documentary The Legacy of Die Nibelungen (68 mins).

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  • Actors: Margarete Schoen, Theodor Loos, Paul Richter
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Silent, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00917IPSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Intricate, intelligent, and charged with emotional intensity, Fritz Lang's cinematic telling of the great German legend is truly magnificent to behold. Made when silent films were at their height of artistic and dramatic expression, DIE NIBELUNGEN (1924) puts the CGI blockbusters of today to shame.

The film perfectly captures a medieval atmosphere with an authentic feel to the sets and costumes. The performers especially are in total sync with the grandeur this subject matter demands. Everything is in keeping with how epics should be made, and Kino did a splendid job of presenting the film in a fully restored Blu-ray edition that looks glorious. Transferred from 35mm sources and dyed orange via a photochemical process (as per the original release prints), this is the closest we have to Lang's original vision. And there's a lot to see - just knowing that the grand sets were actually constructed for the film instead of having the actors popped into flat, digitally enhanced backgrounds adds a dimension of reality lacking in most contemporary films of this type.

For years historians focused attention on the first part, SIEGFRIED, whereas the second part, KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE, had a somewhat underrated reputation. While the entire film presents a profusion of imagery worthy of classical painting, it's the second part, for me anyway, wherein the heart of DIE NIBELUNGEN lies. One of the most moving scenes in any film ever made is in KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE where Siegfried's (Paul Richter) grieving widow (Margerete Schon) leaves home and stops enroute at the stream where her husband was murdered. She dismounts her horse and tells her escort to remain back as she, alone, walks over to the water's edge.
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They were Germany's powerhouse couple, filmmaker Fritz Lang who had a successful hit with "Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler" (1922), the famous director would marry writer Thea von Harbou, the woman he helped writing her screenplay and helped her with the production of the adaptation of her 1917 novel "Das indische Grabmal" (The Indian Tomb).

The two worked together for the film "Der mude Tod" (Destiny) in 1921 but for von Harbou, she would continue to gain acclaim in 1922 for her adaptation of F.W. Murnau's "Phantom" and the 1924 film "Die Finanzen des Grobherzogs" (Finances of the Grand Duke).

But as von Harbou was planning on her next novel known as "Metropolis", before that novel, she would and Friz Lang would work together in what would become a major, epic collaboration between the husband and wife team.

Writing a detailed script for an adaptation of "Nibelungenlied" (The Song of the Nibelungs), an epic poem created between 1180-1210 in Middle High German and is a tragic story.

The script would be part of "Die Nibelungen" and be featured as two films "Die Nibelungen: Siegfried" and "Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache" (Kriemhild's Revenge). And suffice to say, the film was a success. Deemed as a form of German Expressionist through symbolism, it is said that "Die Nibelungen" was the inspiration for Sergei Eisenstein when he created "Alexander Nevski".

At an event in Yale back in 1966, Lang said of "Die Nibelungen", "I was interested in bring to life a German saga in a manner different from Wagnerian opera, without beards and so on.
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While I won't comment on the film, I will comment on the Blu-Ray. I am blown away by the restoration of "Die Nibelungen." There are rarely any artifacts to be seen, and the detail is incredible. This is one of the best restoration jobs I have seen. The soundtrack sounds incredible. It sounds obviously uncompressed and jumps out from my speakers. It is so crystal clear, you can hear the shifting chairs of the orchestra and I like to think I can even hear the cleaning of the woodwind instruments. :) I have always had a soft spot in my heart for live performances where you can hear the occasional shift of chair and audience cough, and this performance fits that... so some of you may find that annoying, yet it isn't overpowering. The soundtrack is so rich, I have turned my TV off, set my OPPO player to "Audio Only", and have enjoyed the soundtrack on its own while studying. I highly recommend this Blu-Ray if you are interested in the film. For screenshots, please check out the review from They also gave it a glowing review and compare it to the MoC international version. Enjoy!
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This is, without the shadow of doubt, one of the BEST and GREATEST films ever made! It impressed me and moved me like few others ever did and its great finale left me shocked and devastated. I LOVED every single minute of it! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Finally available in its fully restored version in the "Masters of cinema" series, "Die Nibelungen" is composed of two parts: "Siegfried" and "Kriemhild's revenge". This is a very long film - it lasts a grand total 288 minutes - but I swear I didn't see the time passing by! Made in 1924, this film is of course mute and in black and white, but even if such thing bothers you, after first two minutes you will stop noticing it. Me personally I like to see an old mute black and white film from time to time as they have a unique charm - and that one has this kind of charm and many other treasures as well.

This film is inspired by the medieval German poem "Nibelungenlied", which was also ONE of inspirations for Wagner's monumental saga "Der ring des Nibelungen". This film however is NOT connected to Wagner's works other than by common source of inspiration. Therefore, even if there are here some evil gnomes (the Nibelungen), one huge dragon and a fierce maiden warrior (Brunhild, the Queen of Iceland), do not expect here any Norse gods or Valkyries.

There is also NO music by Wagner. The music in this film is monumental - as it should be - and by moments it sounds as if Wagner was the inspiration for it, but it is nevertheless an original and distinct thing, written by Gottfried Huppertz, the man who was going later to write also the score for "Metropolis".

I will not talk here a lot about the plot.
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