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A cornerstone of the horror film, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu is triumphantly reborn in this breathtaking new restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score (recorded in 5.1 stereo surround), this Kino International edition is derived from a new high-definition transfer of Murnau's masterpiece, with unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version. This double-disc collection presents the film with the original German intertitles as well as with newly-translated English intertitles. Accompanying the film is a 52-minute documentary by Luciano Beriatua which provides a detailed account of the production and explores the filmmakers' involvement in the occult.
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Max Schreck is absolutely terrifying in his character make-up.
but what really got me about this film is the supporting cast, particularly Greta Schroder.
such a beautiful actress! <3,
but in all honesty, such a great film long forgotten by today's generation.
well worth the money if you love old movies.
but if you're expecting to actually hear the dialogue instead of having to read it on the screen, this might not be for you.
YES, THIS IS A SILENT FILM BACK FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA.
a true original and a true classic in every meaning of the word.
For novices to silent films I'd like to say that this film has much more depths that one might think, and you have to read the intertitles carefully to get the background or in-depth meanings that are intended. I got much more out of the film after the second and third viewing and paying attention to both the intertitles and other details, such as how Ellen was under Nosferatu's spell from a distance, and sensed when her husband was in mortal danger in Nosferatu's castle. There is also the interesting correlation between Nosferatu's presence and the Plague, and until science proved otherwise, people back then did believe that illnesses, especially a plague, were caused by evil, sinister beings.
For anyone who likes a film they can get their teeth into (pardon the pun) even if not a vampire/horror fan, this is a good one! And as far as silent films go, definitely also in the "classics" department and a must-have in your collection.
Yesterday I got NOSFERATU (Ultimate Edition) and the restoration impressed me quite as much as the restoration done on Lang's METROPOLIS a few years ago. The picture quality is astonishing, and the restoration of proper film speed with the vivid pallor of the images has proved to me I was wrong about much of the acting. The subtleties in performance were the first things to be lost in inferior prints projected at incorrect speed. Hutter, Ellen and even over-the-top Knock turn in more finely-tuned melodramatic performances than I had believed was the case. The famous shot of Orlok standing in the window of his deserted house, gazing towards Ellen's bedroom, now reveals a ghoulish face in the thrall of frustrated erotic longing as well as bloodthirsty intent. The other amazing thing about this restoration is the quality of the "nature" shots: frightened horses bolting from a hyena; the phantom play of light against the spray of the waves as Ellen sits on the beach, the astonishing clarity of the establishing shot of Wisborg, even the close-up of the Venus Fly-Trap seizing a fly in its interlocking leaves, all are now seen in a way not possible for anyone to see since the film's release in the 1920s--- before the suit brought by Bram Stoker's widow caused much of the original film material to be destroyed. The music, adapted from the original score, works quite effectively and is frightening at all the propeer moments. If you love the Dracula legend, NOSFERATU is the best, and these DVDs are by far the best version of NOSFERATU. If you admire F.W. Murnau's work, this set is a must-have. Two mosquito bites up for one of the best stocking stuffers of this holiday season!