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The Spiders Part 1 / The Golden Lake, Part 2 / The Diamond Ship

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THE SPIDERS by Fritz Lang is considered by many to be the real beginning of the golden age of the German silent film. An adventure story about an organized band of criminals who scheme to dominate the world, THE SPIDERS was long considered a lost film until its three year reconstruction by film historians David and Kimberly Shepard using original German censorship records and Lang's own instructions for color tinting.

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Fritz Lang's first major success as a director was with this exotic, globetrotting adventure. It's actually made up of two short silent features that were the first of a proposed quartet of movies about the adventures of high-society adventurer Kay Hoog (Carl de Vogt, whose gaunt, expressionless face resembles a younger William S. Hart) and his arch nemesis, a secret criminal organization known as the Spiders. Part 1 ("The Golden Lake") is a treasure hunt that takes both Kay and Spiders mastermind Lio Sha (Ressel Orla) to Peru, where they battle primitive Incas (who capture Lio for a human sacrifice) and each other for a fortune in hidden gold. Part 2 ("The Diamond Ship") is a longer and far more intricate conspiracy involving a hidden criminal underground beneath the streets of Chinatown, a legendary lost jewel known as the Buddha Head Diamond, and an ambitious plot to rule all of Asia. Full of secret passages, coded messages, treasure maps, double-crosses, and death-defying escapes, Lang's pulpy action-fantasy borrows from the wacky serials of Louis Feuillaude (notably the deliriously entertaining Les Vampires). But behind the wild plots, gorgeous sets, and driving, breakneck-paced direction lies a dark undercurrent of death and doom that transforms his gallant hero into a brooding, vengeful spirit. The prints are seriously scratched and worn in places but always watchable. They have been appropriately tinted, and Gaylord Carter's organ score is upbeat and exciting. --Sean Axmaker


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  • Original Organ Score by Gaylord Carter
  • This was long considered a lost film until its three-year reconstruction by film historians David and Kimberly Shepard using original German censorship records and Lang's own instructions for color tinting

Product details

  • Actors: Carl De Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Lil Dagover, Paul Biensfeldt
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000JMOP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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