Nosferatu (The Ultimate Two-Disc Edition)
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"Nosferatu" may be 80 years old, but its influence is, amusingly enough, going to be eternal. The "Symphony of Horror" special edition DVD is absolutely a must-have, with three audio tracks that basically create three different versions of the film, and with three excellent mini-features.
The basic audio track is an organ score derived from early-19th-century Romantic composers. Married to the film's flickering tinted images, this makes ideal Halloween (or, indeed, any post-midnight) viewing. The second audio score is more experimental, more modern, and much, much more fun. Whereas the organ track basically lies underneath the movie and provides a traditional (if static) experience, the "Silent Orchestra" compositions give the undead film a new life. This rock-jazz-classical track positively breathes in the way that Dracula never could.
The final audio track is the commentary by German film expert Lokke Heiss. Don't be fooled by the man's voice and delivery, which is about as dynamic as balsa wood and interesting as an American cheese sandwich on white bread. He cites both scholarly film treatises and Stephen King as he discusses Murnau's influences, the film's light-dark composition, and the use of mirrors and windows within the movie. This is a terrific commentary track in that it increased my understanding of the move ten-fold. Pity they couldn't have had someone with an actual voice (like Christopher Lee) read Mr. Heiss's words.Read more ›
Nosferatu's horrific reputation is unchanged today; The sight of the vampire (Max Schreck) is every bit as grotesque now as it's ever been. The story is familiar Dracula, however the genesis of German film expressionism is clearly engrained; Nosferatu was one of a handful of films that changed the industry and made people think in ways that were never explored before.
The music score of this DVD is wonderful pipe-organ music composed from many early-19th century compositions. It's crafting completely compliments the story and adds not only tonal accuracy, but also a believable thread that brings us closer to the time of the film's creation.
But the unexpected hit of this DVD is the audio commentary track from Lokke Heiss, and expert on German films. Heiss's commentary is absolutely compelling and points out many similarities that the average viewer wouldn't easily pick out. In fact, I would recommend watching the movie with the organ score, and immediately watching it with the commentary so "see" all the parts you may have initially missed.
The DVD transfer is about as good as you can get, understanding that it all came from smuggled copies. The film is also 're-tinted', a film technique that provides different exposure colors to express changes is daytime or location.
I highly recommend this DVD to all silent fans, and anyone who wants to see a peice of history, as well as get an excellent historical and documentary analysis.
Now: as for the musical score...the DVD will automatically leave the FIRST option as your "score of choice". GOOD. It's very well-composed...creating the perfect setting for each and every sequence. WARNING: Do NOT select option #2...not unless you want to experience the film with a COMPLETELY inappropriate soundtrack which sounds like a TECHNO-PUNK-HEAVY METAL-INDUSTRIAL MIXED-UP Mess!!--I can't describe it any other way. That being said, you will definitely NOT be disappointed with this "NEW & IMPROVED" release...and don't be mislead by the date of 1929 (that was the year in which "Nosferatu" hit the American shores).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this copy of the movie. The same version shown on Netflix, i.e previously missing scenes and soundtrack are in it.Published 5 days ago by James
Haven't watched this DVD yet, but saw the silent version as a midnight movie at a friend's house when I was in 8th grade. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Drake Roby
Thank you. Exactly as advertised and delivered as expected.Published 1 month ago by Thomas D. Connell
Nosferatu (1922) is one of the most iconic horror films ever, but watching the wrong version can kill it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GoVegan4Life
The restoration is marvelous! The only downside was pauses for downloading. A really beautifully done movie. Very clever using hyenas for wolves. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan C, Johnston
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Internet Archive dot org has several different downloadable versions.
May 21, 2009 by Nick Jones | See all 3 posts
|Same print as Eureka edition?||
Based on what I have read at the Criterion forums, the Kino release will be a copy of the UK Eureka MoC edition.
However, since Kino will do their usual poor PAL-to-NTSC conversion job (almost a given since the running times are the same), your money would be better spent on the UK disc if you... Read More
Oct 2, 2007 by Charles Phelps | See all 3 posts
|Which "Nosferatu" Has the Best Musical Score?||
I was not aware there wer so many versions, did I get the right one? Is there a difference between the 1922 film and the 1929 film? As long as it is the original and the score is the Silent Orchestra then that is the best.
May 26, 2011 by BTJ | See all 4 posts
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