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on April 21, 2011
Over the last 30 years, I saw these films in dribs and drabs, all incredible explorations of human (or non-human) behavior at the extremes of experience. Of the lot, I think that my favorite is Aguiree, the Wrath of God, which I saw as a student in Germany. It is the true story of a conquistador - far more medieval than renaissance - who breaks off from his leader in order to find untold riches in Peru, with the rebellious Cortez as his lodestar. They wander into absolute anarchy, with killlings to take over the mission, murderous indian traps (perhaps for cannibalistic purpose), and sickness from foreign microbes. It only gets worse as they blunder deeper into the jungle, with visions of God, hapless indians, and delusions of everything. As they go farther, the visions become ever more insane, but nothing will stop them.

All the other fictional films in a way are variations on this theme. Green Cobra is closest I suppose, but Fitzcarraldo and his visiopn of bringing Wagnerian opera to the Amazon jungle is close. Woizek is another film of ultimate personal catastrophe and disorder, filmed at the same time as Nosferatu. Norsferatu, of course, is kind of an exception, a traditional tale of vampires attempting to enter a new space, very faithful in a way to the original silent film. They are all very fun, each with a vision about as subtle as being stuck in a spider's web, but emptionally true and pushing the limits of cinematic experience as always.

The great girt in the pack is the documentary about the collaboration of Herzog and Kinski, who met by chance in an apartment in Southern Germany. They developed an insanely intense and fruitful synergy that always had the potential for violence against eachother. It is incredible that they produced such absolutely first rate work.

Unfortunately, the format of the films leaves much to be desired. Often inferior - in graininess but also in full rather than widescreen - there will certainly be better editions in the future. That being said, these films are a must for an serious collection. Recommended with enthusiasm.
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on October 19, 2016
Beautiful box set of DVDs of Herzog's films collaborating with wild man Kinski. Distributed by major company Anchor Bay, so you know quality is good and prints and formatting is legitimate. Contains the classics "Nosferatu" and "Aquirre, Wrath of God." Kinski's acting in these films is among some of the finest ever seen on the silver screen. He is mesmerizing in these films. Also, you will be in tears watching the final scene of "My Best Fiend." Very powerful moment. Enjoy!
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on October 9, 2015
What an amazing set of two great Directors and Actors. I gave this to my son years ago. I especially loved "Nosferatu" - wanted him to see their version. It was a revelation of what Nosferatu (called 'vampires' normally) really is all about. The isolation, the yearning for love, which he cannot
have. The heart rendering, heart-breaking, understanding when Nosferatu goes to bite a beatiful woman's white neck - yearning for love, but being
walking dead, cannot have as can "ordinary" people. Stunning.
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on August 5, 2014
This 6 film package of Werner Herzog contains 3 of his best and well known films: Aguirre-The Wrath of God, Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo.
The other 2 films, Woyzeck and Cobra Verde are special also. My Best Fiend is a documentary about WH's working relationship with actor
Klaus Kinski. This DVD package by Anchor Bay is of very good quality. Short of owning the recent blu ray collection of WH, this package is most worthwhile to own and view the films from time to time.
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on September 6, 2010
Overall, an excellent box set. Beautiful transfers. My preferences among the six films are for "Aguirre", "Woyzeck" and the documentary "My Best Fiend". I had seen "Nosferatu" at the time of its original release. The first version by Murnau from 1922 (available on a Kino DVD) is superior and even more frightening. "Fitzcarraldo" seems a little overlong. (I was checking the time on my watch!) I doubt that I will view it again. Regarding "Woyzeck": Herzog's film is quite faithful to Büchner's "fragments", and a treat for those who know or have seen staged versions of Alban Berg's opera "Wozzeck". Superb photography throughout.
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on November 29, 2013
I love this collection because my interests go beyond entertainment and into the realm of what makes actors and directors tick. It reveals greatness, failure and everything in between among those responsible for our movie world. For my purposes, this collections fits that description perfectly. It reveals greatness, failure and everything in between among Herzog, Kinski and all the casts and crews involved. I have reviewed each of the discs in this collection individually for those who would search Amazon for the details involved. A short outline of these individual reviews for those interested in entertainment would classify Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo and Nosferatu as great movies; Woyzeck as boring and below average; Cobra Verde as a failure; and My Best Fiend as an invasion of Kinski's privacy.
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on January 28, 2017
This is such a good collection of Herzogs past productions. They're hard to find and having them all in one place is so nice. We LOVE it.
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on June 15, 2011
Kinski was insane, but Herzog kept Kinski's and his own insanity under control somehow. "Aguirre" and "Fitzcarraldo" are masterpieces of cinema and "Nosferatu" is one of the greatest remakes of all time. The documentary sheds some light on the relationship between the director and his frequent actor and will give you an even greater insight and appreciation for the rest of their films. A wonderful collection all around. Well worth it.
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on April 11, 2013
I found the box set was as advertised. Even if DVDs are becoming a thing of the past, Herzog's films aren't the easiest to locate (in Indiana, USA). To have several of his best movies in one relatively inexpensive, nicely-packaged collection is pretty great.
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on October 27, 2016
Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, and the music of Popol Vuh. Those three are already golden.
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