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DIE NIBELUNGEN (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) [1924]

Fritz LANG    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Fritz LANG
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LTVKLU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: Perhaps the most stately of Fritz Lang's two-part epics, the five-hour Die Nibelungen is a courageous and hallucinatory work. Its extraordinary set-pieces, archetypal themes, and unrestrained ambition have proved an inspiration for nearly every fantasy cycle that has emerged on-screen since - from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings .

In Part One, Siegfried, the film's eponymous hero acquires the power of invincibility after slaying a dragon and bathing in the creature's blood. Later, an alliance through marriage between the hero and the royal clan of the Nibelungen turns treacherous, with Siegfried's sole weakness exploited.

In Part Two, Kriemhilds Rache [Kriemhild's Revenge], Siegfried's widow travels to the remote land of the Huns to wed the monstrous Attila, and thereby enlist his forces in an act of vengeance that culminates in massacre, conflagration, and, under the auspices of Lang, one of the most exhilarating and terrifying end-sequences in all of cinema.

Adapted from the myth that was also the basis for Wagner's Ring cycle of operas, Lang's epic offers its own startling expressionistic power - a summit of the director's artistry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Die Nibelungenin a spectacular new HD restoration, released as a 2 x DVD set & a 2 x Blu-ray set in the UK.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Long-awaited expert HD restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Germany
  • Immaculately presented in the film's original frame rates and aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles for the original German intertitles
  • An hour-long documentary: The Heritage of Die Nibelungen
  • Illustrated booklet featuring the words of Lang, rare archival imagery, and more
  • Further details to be announced nearer the release date!

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking. Serious cinema 2 Jan 2013
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I had little understanding of the epic restoration work that had been done for Die Nibelungen. Filmed in 1924 and yet wonderful to watch.

I'm assuming that 99.9% of Amazon shoppers will never consider this and it's only for a small niche market. I did not think I was that kinda guy, but it looks like I am. It was one of those strange things where I literally could not drag my eyes from the screen and almost had embarrassing comfort errors.

I just can not begin to understand how this was made, the audience reaction back in the day, so many many things. It's opened a huge box of questions I want to find out about. Wonderful. CW
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding achievement from Fritz Lang 3 Sep 2013
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This is a simply wonderful release of Fritz Lang's stunning 1924 silent epic, Die Nibelungen which all lovers of cinema urgently need to buy. Masters of Cinema's transfer of this Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung HD restoration is absolutely immaculate, featuring the original frame rate and the original 35mm aspect ratio of 1.37:1 to produce images which are pin-sharp and do full justice to Carl Hoffman and Gunter Rittau's ground-breaking cinematography, Otto Hunte's spectacular set designs, Paul Gerd Guderian's extraordinary costumes and Lang's exceptional sense of framing and composition. The film has been tinted orange as per the original and looks stunning as a consequence. I am especially pleased to note the original Gottfried Huppertz orchestral score has been found and re-recorded for this release and it propels the narrative compulsively. If anything, the quality of the music is even better than Huppertz's later Metropolis score. The film is presented as fully as possible on two very well-filled DVDs, the print taken from a variety of sources, but unfortunately with Part 2 slightly truncated due to cuts made at source by Ufa due to its lack of popularity at the box office on its first run. MoC's presentation is well up to their usual high standards. Included with the film is the 72 minute documentary 'Das Erbe der Nibelungen' (The Heritage of the Nibelungen) which explains how the current restoration evolved through several previous prints that have done the rounds over the years, the way the Nazis used and abused it making for particularly fascinating viewing. Then there's the 52-page booklet which features articles by Lotte H. Read more ›
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular release of a bonafide epic 11 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Die Nibelungen was a blind-buy for me after just seeing a few stills and a trailer and I am happy to state here that it proved extremely fortunate. Like the recent LoTR films by Peter Jackson, DN represents an epic story in two installments: Siegfried & Kriemhild's Revenge. The first shows the rise and eventual fall of a hero to forces that betray him for their own reasons. The second shows the savage retribution extracted by his beloved on the people responsible for his demise. The difference of DN from other fantasy films is that the supporting characters are nicely etched and all their actions, even those of betrayal and murder, are justified from their point of view. The films have some great drama. The second installment especially dives into the darkest regions of the human heart, challenging our perceptions of the characters. This is grand storytelling. And the film is a feast for the eyes and ears. The production design is sumptuous and the screen is filled with constantly arresting visual patterns and motifs. The score has been resurrected respectfully from composer Gottfried Huppertz original notations and is an inseparable component of the film, marvelous in its own right.
It is not fair to expect a film of this vintage to have pristine and eye-popping HD visuals. The Murnau-Stiftung foundation have done a fantastic job of meticulously restoring the film from the original negatives and tinting it a lovely golden shade as per the original intent (This adds to the mythical feel of the story). Of course, there are scratches and damage marks, but they are in most instances minor and not distracting. Some shots, taken from a different print, have lower quality, but these are momentary. The bulk of the presentation is remarkable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A prime example of why silent scores matter 31 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This release certainly underlines the importance in silent films for me at least, of the score being just as much a factor for telling the story/ mood of the characters & scenes, as the image and intertitles. Having recently seen for the first time the 2010 reconstructed 'Metropolis', I made the decision to indulge in some of Fritz Lang's other efforts of the 20's and 30's. I was slightly trepidatious having been somewhat disappointed with 'Frau im Mond', however this release/ films could not be a more different story.

In many ways just as epic and grand as Metropolis, a story split into two films which in sections boast tremendous dark atmosphere and mood, much of which is perhaps a product again of the striking visuals combining with the lush newly recorded (mostly?) Huppertz score - We are treated to a range of mystical looking forests/ desolate spaces, spectacularly composed castle interiors/ exteriors, a fabulous dragon battle sequence as well as being taken down into the depths of deep catacombs. The work involving shadows and contrasts to represent characters/ themes was also something which stood out, especially when dealing with Brunhild and Hagen, the use of face expression to emote feeling/ passion and mood when combined with the more dramatic moments of the score also work tremendously, most notably perhaps in Siegfried final canto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars K-O-L-O-S-S-A-L !! A monumental tale about a great hero, great sins,...
This is, without the shadow of doubt, one of the BEST and GREATEST films ever made! It impressed me and moved me like few others ever did and its great finale left me shocked and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Quasi Wagner
But not quite. Unsure as to whether this film more accurately follows the legend but it is brilliant in every way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by spotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Masterpiece of cinema, in this perfect BD by Eureka! Nothing more to say: it's a joy, both artistic (by Fritz Lang) and technic (by Eureka!)
Published 1 month ago by mario tedeschi turco
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Nibelungen
Fritz Lang directed this movie in 1924. It tells the story in two different parts. In the first one we see Siegfried killing the dragon and becoming almost invincible. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vittorio De Alfaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Fritz Lang's historic re-creation...
Fritz Lang's 1924 silent classic 'Die Nibelungen' gets the careful restoration and quality upgrade to high definition that it so richly deserves, with this release from Eureka! Read more
Published 6 months ago by an acquaintance
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant epic film from a master
After buying Metropolis as an impulse buy and loving it, I thought I'd check out Fritz Langs epic fantasy/tragedy and loved it too! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Swingin' Drummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very atmospheric
A successful restoration and a tribute to Fritz Lang, which holds the attention even with subtitles. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DT
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain won
You would not know how after seeing this,because you are there, from the first frame to the last.
I cannot really say I love it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by flibity
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film
Fab film. If you like early cinema, this is a MUST. Quite Magical
Have no downsides to speak of. Great value.
Published 9 months ago by mrs c barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Nibelungen
I bought this 5 hour epic as we have appreciated some of Fritz Lang's other works.Without being too 'arty' over it, it's a sombre fantasy film, very dark in places. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Saunders
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