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Die Nibelungen (Special Kino Classics Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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After seeing Metropolis I thought it would be fun to get Die Nibelungen. I was impressed with the quality of the restoration of the film & special effects, which for the day are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Brewer
Beautiful and almost complete restoration of the Fritz Lang Mastrpiece silent film, kind of the Lord of the Rings of its day. I had the previous version and prefer it in some ways. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr Axolotl
Die Nibelungen is a retelling of the Ring cycle, This Ring cycle should not be confused with the Lord of Rings. Fritz Lang as always makes a great film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bwhami
Another excellent movie. The MPAA would have fits if this movie were given the greenlight to be remade. Special effects are dated but for the time (1925) great.Published 9 months ago by Clinton Goode
The one and only masterpiece. This is like nothing ever done and cannot be compared to anything because it would dishonor this film. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Seeking New Things
Excellent Movie! The Blu-Ray is great comes with both movies of this epic set. A very well done movie especially for how old it is. This is a must have.Published 11 months ago by Johnny C
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