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From the director of the infamous German cult classic Nekromantik.Official selection Midnight Movie Madness at the Toronto Film Festival (1994)Lothar Schramm (Florian Koerner von Gustorf) is dying face down in a pool of his own blood. Behind his closed eyes fractured memories repeat themselves again and again. He runs by the sea. He lusts after the whore (Monika M) across the hall. He staggers through life uncertainly. He kills.Schramm is the story of the notorious Lipstick Killer Lothar Schramm s last days on earth. Revealed in a series of tightly constructed flashbacks the film offers an unflinching look into the mind of a serial killer. Uncompromising in its depictions of violence and perversion Schramm is a poetic masterpiece guaranteed to make you squirm.Special Features include: New 1.33:1 digital transfer mastered from producer Manfred Jelinski s original 16mm negative German language in stereo and mono with new removable English subtitles Full running audio commentary by director J rg Buttgereit and co-author Franz Rodenkirchen Second audio commentary by actors Florian Koerner von Gustorf and Monika M The Making of Schramm 35 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage Mein Papi and Captain Berlin early Buttgereit Super 8 shorts subtitled in English for the first time Die Neue Zeit a music clip from Mutter directed by J rg Buttgereit An extensive gallery of over 100 stills from the collection of J rg Buttgereit and Manfred Jelinski Theatrical trailers for Nekromantik Der Todesking Nekromantik 2 and Schramm Liner notes by J rg Buttgereit and Buttgereit biographer David Kerekes Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition Much much more!System Requirements:Run Time: 161 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 690816601098 Manufacturer No: BEDVD010

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit
  • Commentary by actors Florian Koerner von Gustorf and Monika M.
  • "The Making of Schramm" featurette
  • Early Jorg Buttgereit Super 8 shorts "Mein Papi" and "Captain Berlin"
  • Music video directed by Jorg Buttgereit
  • Still gallery of over 100 photos
  • Trailers of Jorg Buttgereit films
  • Liner notes by Jorg Buttgereit and his biographer, David Kerekes

Product Details

  • Actors: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Monika M., Micha Brendel, Carolina Harnisch, Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Directors: Jörg Buttgereit
  • Writers: Franz Rodenkirchen, Jörg Buttgereit
  • Producers: Manfred O. Jelinski
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 1.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Barrel
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDWO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Schramm" on IMDb

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer C. on May 7, 2001
Format: DVD
What a brutal, gory movie - for intense gore fans ONLY. Do not get this DVD if you're the LEAST bit squeamish. Brought to you by Joerg Buttgereit, creator of "Nekromantik", this is a raw, bloody look at a pretty twisted guy named Lothar Schramm. Though the movie itself is relatively short (only a little over an hour), this DVD is packed with goodness - extras aplenty here, folks. I'm rather pleasantly surprised it's even here, as Nekromantik wasn't available here last I checked. In conclusion, if you think you can handle the rather disturbing subject matter of the film, by all means, grab this baby while you can... it'll be worth your money.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
Format: DVD
"Schramm" is a movie that got my attention in a video store, both with the cover and the back cover that exclaimed that it was similar to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, one of my favorite horror films. If you've seen Henry, you realize that there's actually a pretty big restraint on blood and gore. It's existent, but it's not that bad. The movie used atmosphere and Michael Rooker's performance to creep you out. Schramm goes up another level on that. In Schramm you get a no holds barred look at the life of a serial killer... And it's all done in 64 minutes, which makes it kind of impressive. This movie also is probably the truest account of what goes on behind a serial killers' door. Movies about serial killers show that they kill and, sometimes, why. But few films show the really dirty things about serial killers. This film gives us the self-mutilation, necrophilia, and sexual deviancy. The movie is in German and I got to praise the Germans for making a movie like this. I don't think an American director would touch this kind of material with a ten-foot pole. And if he did, he'd tone it down a lot. I, regrettably, don't remember the main characters name...But I know this. The movie begins with a newspaper headline that explains that the Lipstick Killer has died. He is, of course, our aforementioned killer. The movie works its way back from that. The prostitute that lives across the hall from him, whom he's actually good friends with, sets something off in his head that makes him begin to kill. In the movie, the body count is pretty low...But this is still very gory. One scene which is bound to make men who watch this cringe, involve the guy taking his d**k and pounding nails through it. There's also one of the most interesting and unique ideas I've seen. A disembodied vag**a with teeth.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Chandler on August 10, 2002
Format: DVD
Buttgereit, infamous for 'Nekromantik', delivers us a poetic masterpiece and a hideous journey into the mind of Lothar Schramm, the Lipstick killer. It is a brutal and intriguing display and details many fascinating characters in abstract flashback. This is what real extreme cinema is all about.
As usual, Buttgereit delivers images full of visceral insanity, so gory and vicious that unless you're familiar with either his works or those of his peers, this little piece might be a bit much. Barrel Entertainment have done an incredible job, the print is almost perfect and the extras tantilising (commentaries, trailers and a special 'making of'). Sad to see that this one is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of - buy this one now, while you still can.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on January 14, 2005
Format: DVD
*Please note this low budget German art house film is just over an hour long.*

SCHRAAM is a quiet young man who lives alone in his apartment - his neighbour is a prostitute who accidentally helps fixates his fantasies (a pension for obscene sexual allure to inanimate objects) who decides to go on a violent killing spree. The film plays backwards in that in the opening sequence we learn that the `Lipstick Killer', Schraam, has been found dead in his home and everything plays backwards out from there.

SCHRAAM has to be probably one of the most upsetting experiences you will have watching an art house film. To be honest "Irreversible" made me cringe, "Last House on the Left" uncut was pretty heavy going, "Man Bites Dog" was a contemporary media play on snuff and even the awful "I Spit on Your Grave" had its shocking moments, but SCHRAAM manages to surpass them all by just delivering on your most hair raising nightmares at the worse possible time by cutting in minutes of slow tracking bliss suddenly followed up on by an unprecedented in your face sledgehammer of a horrific sequence, but never seems sleazy or gratuitous or goes outside of its art house appeal.

SCHRAAM is like "Begotten", the director's own "Nekromantik 1 + 2", Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" or Gaspar Noé "I Stand Alone" in that the concept of Hollywood horror is as far away as you can likely get and the budget so restricted that you could ultimately make a film like this if you had some fake blood and a nice 16mm camera.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Perl on November 1, 2007
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Well, I really thought that I had seen everything until viewing this film. It has much going for it in the area of lensing and camera work. The acting is well done. One might wonder how a short one hour film could be so disturbing, but there are images here that ring more real than "Faces of Death." Other reviewers have mentioned some spoilers, but I will only say that sometimes it seems that the cinematographer just happened upon some weird event that appeared in the film unplanned. We just happened by to catch this fellow blowing his brains out. Let's show the world. Looky! Looky!

I must admit that there were scenes in this film that were really difficult to watch. That has never happened to me except when I saw a film called "Death Scenes." There were images that made me want to wash my mind out with soap. Does anyone know what I mean? Just try eating a sandwich and watching this film at the same time, I do not believe it can be done. The real question is does anyone really want this kind of thing floating around in their brain? "Schramm" Rates as the goriest film that I have ever seen, and I do not believe I will watch it again.

Now, it is your turn. Do you want it in your brain floating around?
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