M (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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After more than 7 decades since its making, Fritz Lang's M remains a poignantly modern film; a striking portrait of the contemporary human world as we live in.
Fritz Lang, who always regarded M as his best film and the one by which he would be remembered, used to call it "a documentary". It is one of the first films about serial killers, and already Lang goes beyond depicting the pathology of such criminal; what M examines is the pathology of our contemporary society of urbanization, mass politics, and mass media: it's also a film about a 20th century metropolis of mass society and mass media culture.
The former Criterion DVD edition of M was made of the best available material back then-- a print restored from many different sources, re-establishing as close as possible, Lang's original release cut. It was also a good transfer for a standard, NTSC digital medium.
But what sometime happen in the world of film restoration is, some materials that have been considered to be lost are suddenly be re-discovered. This new edition of M is created (for the most parts, expect for one reel which was missing) from the original camera negative, and transferred to HD video master. The result is-more details, less scratches, finer grains, and more subtleties.
The earlier DVD was a bare one. This new edition presents Lang's portrayal of social pathology of the 30's also with an audio commentary by Anton Kaes and Eric Renteschler.Read more ›
"M" offers so much for the viewer -- thrills, suspense, humor, terror! I enjoy it more and more with every repeated viewing. Fritz Lang does more than just give ideas on insane criminals. He compares and contrasts the police and the underworld criminal systems. You learn about the "state-of-the-art " systems of that time. And the last words harken a most important message that unfortunately is still true today. Also, if you look deeper, you can even sense Lang's anti-Nazi sentiments.
It's a Criterion Collection DVD, so I had high expectations. I was disappointed with a lack of extras, but I happily noticed scenes that weren't on my VHS version. The picture was mostly clear with white lines rarely popping up. There were long passages of no sound at times, but it's possible it's supposed to be like that. (I no longer have my VHS version to compare.) The subtitles were clear and easy to read. There's interesting details on the film in the liner notes. And not like this would influence anyone's buying decisions, but I also loved the design on the case and the disc.
"The line that you are referring to was caused by the optical printer during the creation of the original film elements of M. Most video versions have cropped out the line, therefore deleting almost 25% of the picture. We choose not to, making our decision in consultation with the restoration group who did the work from original film elements in Germany. We've tried to correct the problem as much as possible, but no matter what, it can be distracting. Even Fritz Lang knew about this."
As you would expect from them, Criterion did the best they could do (as ALWAYS!).
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I am sure the movie itself is great. However, IT IS GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES. Sigh.Published 26 days ago by Todd J. Thompson
This is one of the best films ever made. period. exclamation point!!
This is also a pretty good film if you're not used to sub-titles. It's not dialogue heavy. Read more
The movie itself is great. But the version they have on Amazon cuts off about 8 minutes before the end of the movie. So, you never know how it ends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kristen
Have wanted this movie forever. I loved Peter Lorre's mannerisms of desire and angst. He cannot turn away from his disgust, so the underworld takes it upon itself.Published 2 months ago by Martha
I have seen still images from this movie but never watched it. The cinematography is a great study of shadows, texture and light that every black and white photographer should make... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Noll
peter lori at his best great movie well subtitled had the newer version and being a perter lori fan just had to have it. both versions are virtually identical as far as contentPublished 2 months ago by no
I have wanted to view this for years. When this new version came out, I ordered right away. However, it only has a German sound track and no subtitles. Quite a disappointment.Published 4 months ago by VimC
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