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Nosferatu [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]

Max Schreck , Gustav von Wangenheim , F.W. Murnau    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Gustav Botz, John Gottowt
  • Directors: F.W. Murnau
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EQ27RMM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Made in 1922, FW Murnau's Expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu--A Symphony of Horrors is an unofficial but reasonably faithful condensation of parts of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Alongside Metropolis (1926) it is one of the very few European features from the 1920s that is still regularly shown, and apart from being the first great horror film it laid the foundations of the vampire genre to the present day. Wearing astonishing rodent-like make-up Max Schreck cuts such an iconic figure as the undead Count that the 2001 comedy-horror Shadow of the Vampire suggested he wasn't acting at all! Although Murnau's film was revolutionary and technically adventurous for the time, a modern audience will have to make some allowances for the fact the movie now seems both dated and technically primitive: Murnau's stylised lighting and camera effects have been endlessly imitated and improved upon since, and even its greatest defenders generally admit the film barely raises a shudder, let alone a full-blooded scare. Nevertheless, Nosferatu holds a strange dreamlike grip on the imagination and its incalculable influence on fantasy and horror cinema means this is essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in the development of motion picture art.

On the DVD: Presented in Academy at 1.37:1 and with James Bernard's new orchestral score in well-recorded stereo Nosferatu looks and sounds as good as it has in decades. Bernard, composer of Hammer's Dracula (1958) among others, has written a superior score that captures the film's subtitle, "A Symphony of Horrors", and truly brings the images alive in a way previous scores have not. This restored version presents for the first time on video or DVD the blue and brown tints of the original cinema prints and replicates the original hand-designed inter-title cards which with their distinctive designs make the film much more of a compete visual experience. More importantly, this DVD offers approximately another quarter of an hour of material over the usually distributed American version. However, the restoration has not extended to repairing the many lines, scratches, variations in brilliance and other evidence of print damage present throughout. The film is perfectly watchable, being very much what one would expect from the early 1920s. There are text biographies and notes on Murnau and James Bernard, DVD-ROM material on the restoration of the print and a perceptive 23-minute discussion by film expert Christopher Frayling on many aspects of the movie. --Gary S Dalkin

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version Ever Of The Best Vampire Film 8 Nov 2009
This review has been significantly shortened to fit Amazon.UK's 1,000 word limit.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way: this is by far the best looking version of Nosferatu I've ever seen. Most of the scratches are gone, & while this isn't from a 1st generation print, for the first time in my experience the picture is good enough to clearly see the actors facial expressions, which is essential for silent film & just makes Max Shreck even creepier! If it really was Shreck playing this role, it's a shame that he's otherwise considered an unimportant actor with so little (if anything else) remaining on film, as he's the creepiest vampire in film history. The picture is so clear that for the first time in my experience it's apparent in a scene near the end that part of Shreck's (otherwise amazing) makeup is a piece of cotton stuck to an ear. The image is not quite on a par with the restored Metropolis (which is the best looking 1920's German restoration I've ever seen), but it's quite good. In fact, you can compare pre-restoration scenes from the film in the excellent disc 2 documentary with the restored edition on disc 1 to see just how good the restoration is.

For those not familiar with Nosferatu, here's a BRIEF history. F.W. Murnau, one of the great Expressionist German directors filmed this unauthorized take off on Dracula in 1922. Bram Stoker's widow sued, & all prints were ordered destroyed. Fortunately for us, various collector's & export copies survived & since the 1950's(??) there have been various attempts to reclaim & restore a definitive edition. Based on the editions I've seen & reading about the 2002 BFI that I haven't seen, the current version is by far the best we've got.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an embarrasment of riches. 14 Sep 2007
By J. Rae
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Eureka edition of Nosferatu includes the following:
a 2 x DVD special edition of the 2007 F.W. Murnau-Stiftung restoration plus original score. This edition of NOSFERATU features Hans Erdmann's original music for the first time since the film's initial release in the 1920s. The original score in paper form has been located (no original recordings were ever made, it was only performed live in the 1920s). A lush, orchestral recording of this original score has been performed by Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken conducted by Berndt Heller
+ Full-length audio commentary by Brad Stevens and R. Dixon Smith - film historian.
+ A 96-page book containing articles by David Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen); Thomas Elsaesser (author of Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary); Gilberto Perez (author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium); Enno Patalas (former director of the Münchner Stadtmuseum/Filmmuseum, where he was responsible for the restoration of many German classics, including Nosferatu); a newly translated archival piece on vampires by the film's producer Albin Grau; notes on the film's restoration; and archival imagery
- 53-minute German documentary about Murnau and the making of Nosferatu complete with fascinating footage of the film's locations today
- Restoration demonstration
there might be a few other extras but nothing confirmed at this time.
The cover art is taken from Albin Grau's poster of the time.
On top of this edition "KINO" films is releasing their own version AND there is a groovy "STEELBOOK" edition available from AMAZON.DE which I have pre-ordered.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE ELSTREE HILL RELEASES 7 Jun 2013
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I read the rave reviews of this film and ordered it not realizing that it wasn't the Masters of Cinema release that everyone lauds to the heavens. Instead it's a shoddy, blurry wreck of a release from Elstree Hill with the film's proper aspect ratio of 4:3 completely skewed.
1. Do not buy any releases by Elstree Hill. They may be cheap, but there is obviously a good reason for this!
2. - please show reviews which pertain to the cover picture shown. Too many times reviews do not correllate with the product advertised.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By mxd10
I've seen and owned several copies of Murnau's Nosferatu in my time, and to say that this is the best quality you can find in public distribution would be an understatement. Even compared to the excellent BFI release, which I previously considered to be the best version that I would ever see, this MoC release just blows it out of the water. The scratches and flaws have been digitally removed on the whole, or otherwise kept to an absolute minimum, and it provides (at times) a stunningly clear tinted image that betrays the film's 85 years. But the real beauty comes from seeing how utterly stable the picture is. Still screenshots do this no justice, but the image is no longer jerking around on your screen like the cameraman was drunk.

The music is also a real joy, as it is probably the "definitive" score for the film, the very score that was performed at the movie's premier. You will never get much better than that, and it fits the film wonderfully. While James Bernard did a great job on the BFI release, the Hammer Horror artefacts were too overbearing at times. However, the music on this release is perfectly unbiased and fits the movie like a glove.

The special features are about as good as can be expected for this nearly-lost and mysterious film. On disc two, there is one interesting documentary that delves into the history and background of the film, as well as a brief featurette about the restoration process. The documentary is good, revisiting some of the shooting locations and exploring Murnau's past and the occult background to the film, but if you're hoping for any footage of a non-Nosferatu Max Schreck like I was, then you'll be disappointed! Back on disc one, you can find a useful commentary track that delves into the film's imagery and influence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to disturb viewers with few means and no sound effects
Hard to watch, silent, slow film but really mysterious and unsettling. Never seem such a portray of a vampire: with no charme at all. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! As Lauren Bacall told her granddaughter "
Excellent! As Lauren Bacall told her granddaughter " that's a vampire film" and no need to "smack her across the head with a shoe"... Enjoy!
Published 21 days ago by L.B.H-K
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula,nosferatu
The little Dragon, Undead, which is Romanian for this revue's name and so far this dvd set seems to be the best ausfuehrung if you think the best version is that nearest to the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful edition of a classic silent symphony.
Published 2 months ago by C Machell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie if u r into this
Published 2 months ago by Piglet
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent
I don't remember which reviewer said this, but that review pointed to the "Masters of Cinema" version of "Nosferatu" as being the best available. I disagree slightly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter N. Breitman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
This scared the kidneys out of me when I first saw it years ago and parts of it still do. The grainy, "scruffy" look of the town -even in the sunlight it looks lost- and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dodwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosferaty Definitively Restored 2 Disc DVD
I bought this, as I was a fan of the Dracula story, movies and other classic horror films in the genre and was intrigued by the visual, expressionist artistry and eerie atmosphere... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sean
4.0 out of 5 stars Could give you nightmares
Nosferatu is both stylish, haunting and poetic at the same time.
By todays standards it might seem a bit comical in certain places, especially all the day for night scenes,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis D. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great vampire film: the first I think.
I recall having this film on an old standard-8 cine' copy - I collected cine' films many years ago - and there is no doubt it lived up to its horror reputation, even now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kenneth e. allen.
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