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Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]

Klaus Kinski , Isabelle Adjani , Werner Herzog    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Walter Ladengast, Roland Topor
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Werner Herzog
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Werner Herzog's remake of F.W. Murnau's classic gothic horror 'Nosferatu' (1922). Estate agent Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) arrives at Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski)'s castle in Transylvania to complete the sale of a property in Wismar. Despite having been warned that the Count is a vampire, Jonathan remains skeptical. His haunting stay at the castle rids him of any doubt, however, and in an attempt to escape he injures himself and ends up in hospital. Meanwhile, Dracula moves to Wismar where he preys on Jonathan's wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani)...

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A decidely non-Hollywood film 23 May 2004
Instead of an action-packed, blood&gore laden, shallow, visually unassuming Hollywood-flick, you get an almost sinisterly dark and incredibly beautiful piece of art. Don't watch the English version, it lacks the atmosphere of the German version, probably due to the German actors' inability to cope well with the English language. Everything is more fluent with the German and this translates into better acting overall. If your German isn't fluent, then watch it with the English subtitles on.
This movie attempts to capture the deeper currents of the Vampire myth, to get to the heart of the curse that is embodied in Dracula. Klaus Kinski is brilliant as Count Dracula and makes the movie all by himself. Which isn't easy, as the director is obviously set on translating the vampire myth into something as close to believable or "real" as possible.
The scenes are long and cumbersome in places, that is true. But this only serves to work the sinister and dark atmosphere into the viewer. If you immerse yourself, then the movie is a thrilling experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A now largely extinct type of horror 23 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This video should purify your VCR after watching too many Hollywood movies. Its rather like looking at an interactive Caspar David Friedrich painting whilst listening to Wagner in the company of the world's creepiest individual- its a very strange feeling. The sets are the real star of the film, with the rugged countryside contrasting beautifully with the Dutch town of Delft, which with the removal of all signs of modernity adds an amazing touch of authenticity. Further nice touches include the authentic gypsies, superb glass carriage, genuine period ship and of course the famous rats, which Herzog somehow got permission to release not only on the banks of a dutch canal, but also right in the town square! Like much else in this fantastic film, that will proably be never be allowed or attempted again. If this film was to be re-re-made again, the director would prabably dry to use CGI in every scene. That's a horrible thought.
Herzog uses a mere two drops of blood in the entire film, yet racks up the tension by somehow forcing us to share the fears of the protaganists as they enter new and unforseen situations; rather in the way of the blair witch project, its the expectation of impending doom that is frightening rather than anything that actually happens on screen. This film also contains the greatest prop of the century, namely count dracula's vile version of a cuckoo-clock which sits his sickening-dining room. Harker's character also bears a shocking resemblance to jonathon ross, which adds another disturbing twist to this classic film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the night 20 Jan 2002
Don't be put off by it's slow pacing. NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE is a horror masterpiece that, in my opinion, is one of the best vampire films around. It is only loosely a re-make of the classic Murnau film, but Herzog's version is a beautiful, dark and forboding movie. Sinister without being cack-yer-pants scary. Bleak without being depressing and some memorable scenes, especially that of 'Gary Numan lookalike', Klaus Kinskis world-weary vampire. Many failed to see the stygian quality, there are some very atmospheric scenes and a wonderful soundtrack. The imagery is spectacular. I feel it would be wrong to dismiss this film as rubbish because it isn't. It is a melodramatic movie worthy of a viewing from film and horror fans. The dubbing isn't too bad and the cover art alone is just excellent. Miss this and it's your loss.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite film 6 April 2003
By A Customer
Werner Herzog's style of filmaking is not to everyone's taste so fans of blood and guts should stay clear of this wonderful film.The pace is slow,but Klaus Kinski is the epitome of suffering as the tired and weary Count Dracula.The whole film has a dreamlike quality and some of the scenes such as when the plague hits Bremmen and the citizens throw away their posessions and take to the streets are very atmospheric.The DVD has two discs so the film can be watched in English or German as it was shot in both languages at the same time.There are also three theatrical trailers including a spanish (NOSFERATU VAMPIRO DE LA NOCHE)one. Finally a documentary of the making of the film and interveiw with director Werner Herzog is included.All in all a beautifully shot film with an excellent portrayal from Klaus Kinski,but as stated earlier action and blood'n'gore fans should avoid it like the plague which Dracula brings with him to Bremmen in the film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosferatu 8 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Herzog is one of my favourite directors, and this is one of the best-ever Dracula adaptations. Though filmed in 1979 but every frame feels utterly out-of-time, as if trapped in a previous century, giving a wonderful feel to the film. A remake of F.W. Murnau's silent 1922 classic of the same name, Herzog remains largely faithful to Stoker's novel, while stripping down the plot to the basics, allowing imagery and atmosphere to tell his story.
So Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is dispatched by the hunchbacked, cackling estate agent Renfield (Roland Toper) across the Carpathian mountains to the starkly beautiful Transylvania where he must seek out Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) and secure his signature for the castle he is selling. Despite the hindrances - his beloved Lucy's feeling of impending doom, warnings from the gypsies of the region and a distinct lack of transport, Harker finds Dracula's castle and gets the signature he requires. But the cost is high - the Count feasts on Harker's blood and leaves him stranded in the mountains while he heads to civilisation in a coffin, in search of Lucy and fresh victims.
Nosferatu is perfectly cast - Ganz is a stoic, determined lover, Adjani the ethereal beauty whose psycho-sexual link with Dracula leads her to make an ultimate, tragic sacrifice. And Kinski delivers maybe his finest performance - gone is the creepy charmer that Lugosi and Lee brought to the screen; this Dracula is a pathetic, sickening old man who can only strike when his victims are at their most vulnerable. And the rats... the Count's journey from Transylvania is accompanied by thousands of filthy rodents that set about infecting the town with the plague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The filming is incredibly atmospheric and enhanced beautifully by the...
Superb remake of the 1920s original. The filming is incredibly atmospheric and enhanced beautifully by the Popal Vuh sound track. A must see for anyone who is interested in films.
Published 15 days ago by PJ Steere
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning film
Utterly wonderful film. Takes you on an amazing odyssey with amazing visual sense and stunning use of music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered, exactly as indicated
Well, I just got the new Steelbook version of Nosferatu in the post and must say, although being smaller than I imagined, the box is rather nice looking, all art in and around the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Protagonist
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality release.
I pre-ordered the steel book release of this title just over a week ago. Amazon delivered to me today (Sunday the 18th of May 2014) a day ahead of release and on a Sunday to boot! Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Crossman
1.0 out of 5 stars If it says English on the Box, I expect there to be English on the...
I have to say, I love Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (aka. Nosferatu the Vampyre, in the UK). It's a fantastically dark, lonely and artistic retelling of the original Nosferatu... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. Wainman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films
Herzog is a real master of the art of film making. Klinski makes a perfect Dracula. Klinski and Herzog have made so many great films together. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gothic German Horror
Definitely a specialist's movie, this film is immensely rewarding - although it certainly requires patience. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Ridley
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a classic
This film has always been a classic to me and makes for interesting viewing. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in vampires and the supernatural.
Published 9 months ago by Fern
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosferatu Blu Ray 1979
A quick review to confirm that this Region 2 German Blu Ray DOES contain in the special features section - the english spoken version of this film (Nosferatu the vampire) besides... Read more
Published 12 months ago by SH
5.0 out of 5 stars picturesque, romantic vampire film..
The scenery shot in this film is breathtaking along with the music chosen for it. There is not an awful lot of talking but I think this is a good thing as its provides an eerie... Read more
Published 15 months ago by justine smith
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