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M (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) [1931]

Peter Lorre , Ellen Widmann , Fritz LANG    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann
  • Directors: Fritz LANG
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00681QFM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,426 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fritz Lang's first sound movie, the serial-killer film M, has often been voted the best German film of all time, but, until now, most of us have never seen it properly. What we have seen is a heavily cut 1950s re-edit with extra sound and music patched in, where Lang was deliberately economical with the new technology. This new "Ultimate Edition" is dominated by a marvellous restoration which is true to his intentions and oft-voiced complaints about what had been done to his best film.

The young Peter Lorre is terrifyingly ordinary as the child-murderer whom police and criminals hunt down in what is still one of the best forensic police procedurals ever made, while Gustaf Grundgens has effortless charisma as the chief gangster. Lorre's Hollywood exile and decay, and Grundgens' betrayal of old friends and principles under the Nazis, merely add a layer of irony to all this. Lang's ironic cuts--a gangster's gesture is completed by his police equivalent--and dark, studio-bound cinematography make this one of the great precursors of American film noir. Simply, seen without cracks and pops and lines running down the screen, M is revealed as a true classic--a film that shames everything made in its genre since.

On the DVD: M on disc has a great deal of documentary material featuring scholars and technicians telling us just how clever they have been in preparing this splendid restoration. The film also comes with a detailed commentary into which has been spliced interview material with Lang talking in English about specific sequences. There is a German-language film interview with Lang in which he talks through his career and re-enacts the interview with Goebbels that led to his exile; an audio interview with Peter Bogdanovich; and an intelligent video critical essay by film historian R Dixon Smith. The restored film is shown in its correct, unusual visual aspect ratio of 1.90:1 and has vivid cleaned-up digital mono sound: the murderer's whistling of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" has never sounded so chilling. --Roz Kaveney

Product Description

SYNOPSIS: Of all Fritz Lang s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society.

From cinema s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling 80 years on. SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION:
  • Restored high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 aspect ratio [1080p on Blu-ray]
  • Two audio commentaries: one by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler; the other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich s 1965 interviews with Lang
  • The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety, recently rediscovered, featuring different actors, alternate takes, and Peter Lorre s first performance in English, courtesy of the BFI National Archive [1080p on Blu-ray, 93 mins]
  • Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary by Erwin Leiser with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema [480p, 21 minutes]
  • 48-PAGE BOOKLET including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills, and production drawings


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fritz Lang, probably better known for the masterful `Metropolis', is responsible for this rather disturbing and thought provoking study of a serial child killer in mid war Germany. The story has been compellingly constructed by a master craftsman. From the earliest scenes of a mother waiting for her child to come home, through the police hunt for the killer, then the trial at the end, with Peter Lorre's defence, this is gripping stuff.

The story centres around Peter Lorre as the disturbed and disturbing killer. I was more familiar with his later, more comedic roles in America, and was totally blown away by this incredible performance. His performance is perfectly nuanced, playing the frightened man to a tee.

The story is shown in a series of set pieces. The film starts with images of a child playing in a street, and her mother waiting for her to come home. The child never arrives, and the scenes of Mother waiting in her flat with dinner on the table, and eventually receiving the news are emotionally charged. There is hysteria in Berlin, and a police search for the killer. The police procedures are shown in amazing forensic detail, and are totally gripping. The action shifts to the criminal underworld, who are being hurt by the police intrusion into their activities during their hunt for the killer. They decide to take their own action, tracking down the killer in a series of totally gripping scenes, then comes the films masterstroke - the criminals put Lorre on trial and he is forced to defend himself in front of the `court'. His defence is brilliant, his explanation for his crimes utterly disturbing - we are left feeling that we have been given insight into the mind of a real murderer.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931) - blu-ray edition 14 April 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Blu-ray Specifications:

Case Type - Slimmer U.S type case.

Disc - AVC, BD50, Region B locked.

Video - 1.19:1 aspect ratio in a 16:9 frame (black bars appear at the left and right of the screen). 1080p/24fps. Black and White.

Audio - Original German language. 2.0 dual mono DTS-HD Master Audio.

Subtitles - Optional English subtitles.

Supplements -
Commentary with German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler.
Commentary with film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich's 1965 audio interviews with Fritz Lang.
20 minute interview with Fritz Lang (box says documentary, but its more of an interview).
Shorter 1932 U.K theatrical release version (in English language and upscaled to 1080p) - features alternate takes, and different actors.
48 page booklet.

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts have been made to the film on this disc. The BBFC have given the film a PG Certficate. The film contains disturbing subject matter and infrequent mild bad language. This is the longest version of the film (110 minutes) that has been available since the films premiere.

'M' is a superb thriller, and possibly Fritz Lang's finest film. Considering the time it was made it is quite disturbing, and i can imagine audiences in the early thirties were shocked when they saw this film in the cinema. Peter Lorre is excellent as the child killer and the films final moments are extremely powerful. The picture quality is easily one the best i've seen for a film this old. Plenty of grain and no digital tinkering as far as i know.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Excellent Film 16 Oct 2003
Format:DVD
M is Fritz Lang's true masterpiece, even outshining the more famous METROPOLIS. Finally a DVD has come along that does it considerably more justice than Peter Lorre, starring as Hans Beckert, seems to be getting in the films famous climactic scenes.
Inge Landgut, as Elsie Beckmann, Beckerts victim at the start of the film is an excellent young actress, who portrays the naivety of youth superbly, and the way in which Lang "shows" her murder is handled with an understated style that makes it far more frightening than later, more explicit horror films.
The package put together by Eureka is spot on, the remastered film shining through in awesome quality, the cover grabbing you, making you want to see the film, and the documentaries and extras being of a remarkably consistent standard throughout.
A great film far ahead of it's time, and always worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1931 pre code-of-conduct killer classic “M” - starring the incomparable Peter Lorre. And the BLU RAY is available in a number of territories. But which issue to buy if you're a UK fan?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the “Masters Of Cinema” REGION B release uses the same restored elements and will play on UK machines.

So check you’re purchasing the right version before you buy the pricey Criterion release...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Langs masterpeice....an experience.
This rates in my top 5 of all time......an absolutely amazing motion picture......Peter Lorrie is outstanding......the restoration has left the video (24fps) & audio (DTS-MA 2. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Paul Friis
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive old movie
I would never have thougt that an old movie from the early thirties should be among my favorite films. The Blu-ray is masterfully restored. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Per Arvid Tellemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Package of my fravourite Lang Film
This series from Eureka is simply fantastic, blu-ray and dvd in one neat package, with a booklet too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnybiking
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
An astounding piece of cinema.
Bought as an IMDB top 500 item, but it moved me more than many higher rated in that category.
Published 3 months ago by ijape
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing film
I watched this many years ago and bought it to show my friend as I had been talking so much about it. Great film and a double DVD where I had been expecting a single. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great original talkie
I remember the first time i saw this film, I was haunted by the whistled music. The shadowplay is fantastic as is the historical context. Classic stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Film!
An extraordinarily modern film by any standards made in 1931 at the start of talking pictures. Razor sharp documentary style film details the pursuit of a child murderer in Berlin. Read more
Published 8 months ago by rossa
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Hall of the Mountain King
No introductions needed surely for M, Fritz Lang's most celebrated masterpiece. Made in 1931, it seems as modern today as it must have been the day it was released and remains a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorre Carries the Picture
Fascinating precursor or rather archetype of all the 'tightening noose' procedurals that have followed right down to Prime Suspect and other less watchable and even more morally... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Very chilling portrayal of a killer
Although very old, this is a chilling portrayal of a killer that is acheived without showing any violence. The atmosphere is gripping.
Published 12 months ago by book lover
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