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Die Nibelungen (Special Kino Classics Edition) [Blu-ray] (1924)

Margarete Schoen , Theodor Loos , Fritz Lang  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00917IPSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EPIC WORTHY OF THE TERM November 20, 2012
By Casey62
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible! December 18, 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! December 18, 2012
By Geoff
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I give this work 5 stars without hesitation. A wonderful restoration! - a difficult as a complete version was no longer in existence. The story of this effort is included in the 'extras' portion.

As to the two films that comprise The Niebelungen ('Sigfried' and 'Kriemhild's Revenge'), I was bowled over. Completely riveting! A truly magical work with amazing cinematography and musical score. Fritz Lang's work should make modern interpreters of ancient myth ashamed of themselves. I have watched it again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for "Siegfried", a Fritz Lang masterpiece!
My prejudices are: Fritz Lang was a genius, "Metropolis" is the greatest silent movie ever made and one of the ten greatest movies of all time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter arteman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant Restoration of a silent film classic.
Published 3 months ago by Timothy B. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
My favorite film. It's very long, and not for everyone, but if you're looking at it on Amazon you probably already know that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Krista Alice Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie !
A time capsule memory of the Age of Gods and Heroes as remembered in Germany after WW1. How to reapproach the story of Seigried the dragon killer in the worls after the defeat of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian C in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars K-O-L-O-S-S-A-L !! A monumental tale about a great hero, great sins,...
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Darth Maciek
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful world with amazing acting but its real value is only as a...
Well I wouldn't say its ONLY value is as a relic, but its close. The first part of the movie it the most interesting. it deals with magic, court life and edict and politics, etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lakeqi
1.0 out of 5 stars Do you really like this?
I found this movie on youtube for free, it is so old! Of course B&W... But it is mute! Blu Ray? Is this a joke? Give me your money instead. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martin Pitchon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Choice For Blu-Ray Release.
Long before THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT there was DIE NIBELUNGEN (The Nibelung Saga). This 1924 epic from Fritz Lang is the grandaddy of all fantasy epics and now it can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Intellectually wonderful, but ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
There must be something the matter with me! I love silent movies. I have bought Metropolis in several incarnations, own hundreds of DVDs of the great silent Comedians and serious... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Terry Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
For decades, I have loved Fritz Lang's older films (e.g. Metropolis, Woman in the Moon, M), to the small degree I was ever able to see them at film festivals or on public... Read more
Published 10 months ago by HH
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