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Criterion Collection: Vampyr [DVD] [1932] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Julian West , Maurice Schutz , Carl Theodor Dreyer    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimko
  • Directors: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Writers: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Christen Jul, Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Producers: Julian West, Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180R06I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,407 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Young traveller Allan Grey arrives in a remote castle and starts seeing weird, inexplicable sights (a man whose shadow has a life of its own, a mysterious scythe-bearing figure tolling a bell, a terrifying dream of his own burial). Things come to a head when one of the daughters of the lord of the castle succumbs to anaemia - or is it something more sinister?


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Vampyre needs resurrecting 7 July 2006
Format:DVD
What happens when a world-class director unblushingly makes a scary movie? It's less of a silly question than one might think. There have been great horror films or course, and great horror film directors. But conscious contributions to the genre, especially of the gothic kind, from the stratospheric likes of say Fellini, Ford, Eisenstein, and Renoir are hard to find. Kurosawa, for instance, comes close to the spooky intensity required with Throne Of Blood, his successful and atmospheric reworking of Macbeth. Cocteau's Beauty And The Beast is full of necessary fairytale terror and awe; Hitchcock produced in Psycho a terrifying thriller with strong horror overtones; Bergman included a terrifying dream sequence in Wild Strawberries, and so on. But while there are memorable outright contributions here and there, notably from the likes of Polanski and Kubrick, genre pieces at this level of artistry can be unexpectedly hard to find. One reason is that the greatest talents in world cinema have tended to work outside of, or to confound, genre expectations. Another is that they often reject the 'commercial' project in favour of something more personal, more amenable to an outstanding creative nature.

The major figure of Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of a select group of directors deemed 'transcendental' along with the likes of Ozu and Bresson. Paul Schrader and other critics identify them as those filmmakers who habitually suggest spiritual intensity by ordinary means. Characteristically austere, often using non-professional talent in their films, they find universal truths through a gradual un-dramatic revelation of interior life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul in fear of death 16 May 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The rat-toothed Nosferatu and the charming Transylvanian Count are the best known examples of early vampire movies, mostly because there weren't very many others at the time.

But more often than not, "Vampyr" gets passed over when you talk about early vampire movies -- and that's a shame. Carl Th. Dreyer's masterpiece (loosely based on the works of J. Sheridan Le Fanu) is a straightforward little story wrapped in a hazy cocoon of dreamlike imagery and haunting direction. From the very beginning, this movie clings to you like a spiderweb.

Occult student Allan Gray is staying at a hotel in the French countryside. But after being woken by a strange old man's cryptic warning, he finds that the inn is swarming with eerie supernatural happenings, including shadows that move independently. After he departs, a strange old man lets an ancient crone out of a closet.

And when Allan arrives at a nearby chateau, he finds that the owner has been murdered, and his daughter Leone is suffering from mysterious wounds. After the girl is rescued from a strange old crone, she begins acting predatory toward her sister Gisele -- and the weird old doctor says that only a transfusion will save her. But the doctor is in league with the vampire -- and is working to destroy Leone...

"Vampyr" has a pretty simple storyline, loosely based on a couple of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's short stories (including the classic "Carmilla"). But it's not the plot that makes this movie a classic -- it's the powerful, ghostly visuals that permeate it. And the beautiful real-life settings (the inn, chateau and church) don't hurt the atmosphere of it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A human soul in fear of death 1 May 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The rat-toothed Nosferatu and the charming Transylvanian Count are the best known examples of early vampire movies, mostly because there weren't very many others at the time.

But more often than not, "Vampyr" gets passed over when you talk about early vampire movies -- and that's a shame. Carl Th. Dreyer's masterpiece (loosely based on the works of J. Sheridan Le Fanu) is a straightforward little story wrapped in a hazy cocoon of dreamlike imagery and haunting direction. From the very beginning, this movie clings to you like a spiderweb.

Occult student Allan Gray is staying at a hotel in the French countryside. But after being woken by a strange old man's cryptic warning, he finds that the inn is swarming with eerie supernatural happenings, including shadows that move independently. After he departs, a strange old man lets an ancient crone out of a closet.

And when Allan arrives at a nearby chateau, he finds that the owner has been murdered, and his daughter Leone is suffering from mysterious wounds. After the girl is rescued from a strange old crone, she begins acting predatory toward her sister Gisele -- and the weird old doctor says that only a transfusion will save her. But the doctor is in league with the vampire -- and is working to destroy Leone...

"Vampyr" has a pretty simple storyline, loosely based on a couple of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's short stories (including the classic "Carmilla"). But it's not the plot that makes this movie a classic -- it's the powerful, ghostly visuals that permeate it. And the beautiful real-life settings (the inn, chateau and church) don't hurt the atmosphere of it all.
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