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Dr Mabuse - The Gambler [1922] [DVD]

Rudolph Klein-Rogge , Lil Dagover , Fritz Lang    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Lil Dagover
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: 24 May 2004
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XQDVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Silent film noir set in the 1920s in post-WW1 Germany. Dr Mabuse (Rudolph Klein-Rogge) is a sinister and mesmerising criminal with the ability to worm his way into the confidences of the rich and influential, and wield his power over men and women alike. He builds up a deadly gang of counterfeiters, thieves and murderers who will do anything for him, and aims to gain control of the stock market through his hypnotic methods of theft and blackmail. His dastardly methods are so successful that he is gradually taking over the whole of Berlin... until he comes up against the plodding and methodical Detective Wrenk, whose subconscious seems to be less easily won over.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Dr. Mabuse - der Spieler" is a four-and-a-half hour German silent film, directed by the legendary film maker Fritz Lang. Created by Norbert Jacques, Dr Mabuse is the ultimate villain. He plans and perpetrates his crimes and like a Mafia boss remains untouchable because the crimes are mostly committed through a network of often hypnotised henchman. His only motivation to destroy makes him a nihilist and a psychopath. His life of crime is jeopardized however, when inspector Wenk gets on his tail and he slowly realizes what kind of opponent he is dealing with. The chase between detective Wenk and Dr. Mabuse keeps you glued to the screen and has all the hallmarks of a hunt for a serial killer.

"Dr Mabuse - Der Spieler" is a classic film in more than one way. The film techniques and special effects used by Lang in 1920 were ahead of their time, although they look old-fashioned and somewhat amateuristic nowadays. In addition, this was the first film Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge (who plays Dr. Mabuse) worked together. Six years later, the latter would play Professor Rotwang in Lang's famous "Metropolis". Last but not least, this film has been the start of a whole series of "Dr. Mabuse" films and the character has been the inspiration for many other evil characters.

It normally takes me 15 minutes to get into a silent film, but not with "Dr. Mabuse", I was hooked from the first scene. This is a classic and should be part of any silent film fan's or film historian's collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Mabuse - The Gambler: a true classic film 27 Feb 2011
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Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece is split into two parts and lasts about four hours. But, like a lot of Lang's films, it sets off at a whirlwind pace with an attack and robbery of a secret, commercial treaty on a moving express train. Dr. Mabuse, a man who amuses himself though gambling with human lives and destinies, uses the stolen information to corner the stock exchange. This is just the beginning of a epic struggle between moral individualism and the seemingly invincible powers of an evil mastermind.
The print is crisp, the soundtrack is great,( a jazzy, Kurt Weil-sh, Mack the Knife-like piano score). The intertitles are in the original German with an English translation; and here there is a minor annoyance with some titles being an almost literal translation along the lines of, ' since two days I am waiting now." but that is a small irritation in an otherwise excellent package.
Sometimes the image presented reminds us how long ago it is; the First World war had been over for less than five years. It seems other wordly in some aspects, (such as the policemen all carrying swords ): but very modern in others, (malevolent terrorism for no logical purpose).
Dr Mabuse is the prototype of every James Bond villain you have ever seen.

Well worth the purchase: an excellent introduction to silent films.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now available in glorious Blu-ray 6 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Masters of Cinema bring us yet more Lang on Blu-ray, in this case the mighty Dr Mabuse, der Spieler. The blu-ray upgrade delivers, as one would expect, more detail and more texture than ever before and looks quite astonishing.

My only slight quibble and I'm sure this is simply a matter of personal taste, although I note that the contrast has also been questioned elsewhere, is that the facial skin tone is at times just a tad too bright for my liking. As I say, largely a subjective issue and not a criticism and perhaps requires a tweak of my playback settings.

Also, worth pointing out to those who have not yet experienced a restored silent film on blu-ray is that the significantly higher resolution offered by Blu-ray results in the additional clarity of any damage and which no film of this great age can escape. However, the eye and brain soon filter out such minor distractions as the extraordinary narrative power and plot complexities take hold. I don't need to expand on these matters as they are well reported by others.

So, whether you opted for the standard case or the steelbook what you get is a great package, which admittedly does not expand upon the previous DVD boxset edition in terms of extras but does deliver an almighty visual punch.

I've been obsessed with the great German films of the 1920's all my life and when I used to hire the old BFI 16mm prints for college seminars I never imagined that I would one day some twenty or thirty odd years later be able to sit at home and view them with such clarity and in such complete states as when they were first released. How exciting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A silent era masterpiece. 10 Nov 2013
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I must honestly say i was very sceptic about a silent movie with a duration of 4,5 hours however this one knocked me off my feet. Fritz Lang is a master of the silent movie era together with the mighty F.W. Murnau. I saw the 2 parts of the entire movie over 2 days because i had to let it rest for a while before i was ready to undergo the second part. I have never seen the 2 follow up sequels made by Lang and after seeing the extra on this disc i might only be interested in the 2nd prequel because the 60ies and last part will not have the same atmosphere and impact on me i guess than this first part. Together with the sci fi silent classic Metropolis this is a true masterpiece. Seeing such a classic is a wonderful experience in a world of bigger, faster action movies which we now live in. I am a fan for slow movies or maybe i am just getting old, who knows, but i do know that i recommend everyone not to miss out on this Eureka! beauty. The packaging and booklet are again lovely as nearly always by The Masters Of Cinema.
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