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Nosferatu The Vampyre [Blu-ray] (1979)

Klaus Kinski , Isabelle Adjani , Werner Herzog  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HRUQ8X4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  •  German Language Version With English Subtitles
  • English Language Version
  • Audio Commentary With Werner Herzog
  • Vintage Making Of Nosferatu
  • Theatrical Trailers

Editorial Reviews


Scream Factory does us all a great service by bringing Herzog’s vision to blu-ray. The image is so stunningly sharp, one can’t help but dream of what the rest of his film catalog will look like. --Movielineonline

Product Description

It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience.

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylistically Faithful Remake of Murnau's Masterpiece. December 9, 2004
"Nosferatu the Vampyre" is director Werner Herzog's tribute to F. W. Murnau, whom he considers to be Germany's greatest filmmaker, as well as a haunting gothic horror tale in its own right. It is a remake of Murnau's 1922 film "Nosferatu", which is the earliest surviving cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula". Herzog has combined ideas from Murnau's film, Bram Stoker's novel, and his own imagination in creating a film that is, if anything, even more expressionistic and romanticist than the 1922 masterpiece. It is also more languid and pathetic than other "Dracula" adaptations.

This version of the Dracula tale, like 1922's "Nosferatu", takes place in Germany and Transylvania. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is a real estate agent employed by a madman named Renfield (Roland Topor) to deliver a contract to Count Dracula in Transylvania, who wishes to purchase property in Wismar, Germany. When he reaches his destination, Jonathan finds a hideous, predatory Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) eager to sign the deed to his new home. Several days later, ill and traumatized by horrors that he experienced at Dracula's castle, Jonathan understands that his young wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) will be in grave danger if Dracula reaches Wismar and sets out to save her. Count Dracula's arrival in Wismar coincides with the Plague. The city is overrun with rats and its population decimated by disease. Only Lucy comprehends the nature of the evil that has befallen the city and understands what she must do to stop it.

"Nosferatu the Vampyre" adheres pretty closely to Murnau's storyline, rather than Stoker's, except for the ending. The characters and actions have been embellished, however, sometimes with inspiration from the "Dracula" novel.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Werner Herzog's Epic Masterpiece March 9, 1999
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Werner Herzog's remake of the 1922 classic is an epic masterpiece in movie making. Beautifully filmed with glorious music, knock-out performance by Klaus Kinski as the flambouyant Count Dracula. Only one other film in history has impressed me this much with unforgettable scenes of the true nature and feeling of vampires. This isn't an ordinary vampire movie, it doesn't have any scares, it doesn't have any bloody scenes either, it's not made to scare or gross the audience, it's made to give the audience remarkable visions of vampires, so masterfully done that they are impossible to forget. Nosferatu The Vampyre remains poignant to this day and stands as one of the greatest films in history.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral, dream-like horror May 6, 2001
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Nosferatu unfolds like a languorous, disturbing dream. The images have an hallucinogenic, archetypal quality: mummified human remains in an ancient tomb; the figure of a woman sitting on a beach studded with tombstones; a dead sea-captain lashed to the wheel of a deserted sailing ship.
Like Kubrick's The Shining, Nosferatu is less a standard genre film than a singular expression of a filmmaker's vision. Writer-director Werner Herzog began with F.W. Murnau's expressionist classic, mixed in elements from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, then set about creating a meditation on the vampire myth. What would it really mean to live forever, and be compelled to feed on the blood of others? What of the unspeakable boredom? The longing for companionship? For normalcy? For death? As played by Klaus Kinski, Herzog's Dracula has spent hundreds, if not thousands of years alone with these thoughts. He is the ultimate poster boy for German angst. If not for the skill of his performance and Herzog's direction, he might have lapsed into self-parody.
There are shots that all but reproduce moments from the silent classic - right down to the overwrought body language. But Herzog, Kinski, and the rest of the cast (including Bruno Ganz as Jonathon Harker and Isabelle Adjani as his wife Lucy) keep it in check and keep it beautifully stylized, so it all works.
Probably due to the involvement of American studio 20th-Century Fox, Nosferatu was shot in both English and German versions. Both are on this double-sided DVD; comparing them is instructive, since there are non-trivial differences in the visual construction of both films. Most critics agree (and I concur) that the German one is superior.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Dansa
Not an adaption of "Dracula" so much a quasi-remake of "Nosferatu," the film rises out the long gliding shadow of the original thanks to the genius tag team of Kinski and Herzog, who are ambitious enough to actually re-interpret the material instead of simply re-creating it. In one of his all time top five performances, Klaus Kinski injects an incredible amount of depth into the Dracula character. He's of course menacing, but he's also sympathetic, pathetic, wise, weary, and at times even clownish. He approaches the role with the gloomy boredom and longing of a creature that has endured too many centuries alone in his crumbling castle.

In contrast to say the more charismatic Draculas we've seen over the past century, Nosferatu is quiet and meek in nature as he uses the minimal ghoul make up to not only provoke creepy unease but also vague sympathy. When he first meets Lucy, his slight shy mannerisms give the impression that he's shameful of his hideous appearance. In contrast, there is the terrifying scene when Jonathan cuts his finger; resulting in the lurching Dracula transforming into a speedy, towering, blood thirsty predator(all thanks to Kinski's seemingly unnatural movements.) As said, he also uses his appearance for tasteful comedy as well, especially during the playful scene where he's tip toeing around like a cartoon character as he plants his caskets around the town under the cover of darkness.

This isn't just the Kinski show however as Herzorg's incredible eye does more than hold up his end of the deal. The natural locations of the ruined castle, the mountains, the beach....etc. are all effectively haunting and he makes certain to linger on them just long enough for the viewer to burn them into their memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good story good acting.
Published 1 month ago by kurt bretthauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This item was exactly as describe & in perfect condition! We are very happy!
Published 1 month ago by Bob Ruby II
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame on Scream Factory.
The Movie itself is a moody masterpiece, my gripe is with the transfer. It appears to be remastered from an old VHS tape. Read more
Published 1 month ago by luis a carvalho
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for its day.
This is one of the classic movies that have recently drawn a lot of attention. If you are interested in historical films, this is a good bet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Low level genius
4.0 out of 5 stars Scream Factory Unleashes Hi-Def 'Nosferatu the Vampyre' on Humanity
Scream Factory blesses horror fans with yet another Blu-ray release of a cult classic. Director Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre" gets a high-definition upgrade for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ERSInk . com
3.0 out of 5 stars This masterpiece deserves better than what Shout released. Criterion,...
I must say that through out the years, I LOVE this gothic masterpiece. Isabelle Adjani is of sheer beauty and wonder in this marvelous film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monty Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars kooking great....sound is so-so
i was mesmerized by this impeccable blu ray version. adjani never looked more beautiful and kinski never more grotesque. Read more
Published 3 months ago by richard from nj
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb music and settings
This film is captivating on a scale teetering on the edge of amazing with the set designs, music and grandiose views of the German countryside leading to the castle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosferatu
Nosferatu is a vampire movie set in Transylvania where a man is
trying to sell a house to count Dracula. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthew J. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars A Metaphysical Exploration Of Vampirism.
If you are familiar with the idiosyncratic cinema of Werner Herzog, especially the delirious qualities of his early work like AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD, then you'll know what to expect... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
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