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  • Language: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B6L0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,135 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'Shadow of the Vampire' is a great film, a must for any serious horror fan (or cineaste generally). I saw it in the cinema when it first came out and owned the original DVD (which I somehow lost), so I repurchased it via amazon from Discgiant.

The edition I'm writing about here is the Metrodrome one, ASIN barcode 5055002550386. It has the WORST trasnfer I've ever seen on a contemporary feature film, so I'm wondering if Discgiant are supplying a genuine product. DON'T BUY THIS EDITION - as I said, having owned the original DVD and seen it on celluloid in a cinema, I was shocked by the dreadful picture quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2010
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The year is 1922. German director F.W.Murneau is filming his masterpiece, Nosferatu, based on the Dracula story. The film will be his masterpiece, and his drive for utter realism and the perfect picture knows no bounds. So far, so much historical fact. But what if...? The basic premise of this intriguing film is `what if Max Schreck, the actor hired to play Orlock, was really a vampire?'

This is an intriguing premise, which promises much and delivers more. `Shadow Of The Vampire' follows the troubled shooting of Nosferatu, with mysterious deaths and illnesses in the cast and crew. Schreck at first appears to be the ultimate method actor, never out of character, but we are slowly lead to suspect that there is a bit more to it than that. The build up of the character, and the peeling away of the layers until the truth is revealed is expertly done. The final denouement, where Murneau finally gets the realism he has been looking for, is thrilling, all the more so from the expert build up of the tension in the preceding 75 minutes.

John Malkovitch stars as the realism obsessed Murneau, a part he plays very well. I suspect that this is largely due to him being a very similar character in real life. Eddie Izzard is entertaining as the silent film star Gustav. The real star of the show though is Willem Dafoe, unrecognisable under his Oscar nominated makeup as Shreck/Orlock. As with the real Schreck in Nosferatu he manages to do so much with only expression and gesture. Just watching him rubbing his fingers fills one with real horror.

The edition under review is the 2002 Metronome version. This iis in 16:9 widescreen with what appears to be only stereo sound. The picture quality is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lutobar on 18 Mar. 2011
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If you want special effects and blood and guts you will be disappointed. It's not even a very well constructed film. But I recently saw it by chance and if you want to feel as though you have met the real Dracula (or rather Count Orlock), this is the one. The part is played sublimely well by Willem Dafoe; and this together with the film's general mediocrity makes him stand apart from the film, and thereby (and I'm sure the irony is unintended)the most 'real' of all the characters. It is also of note that Orlock is the only character in the film with a sense of humour. I am no film buff and I do not normally bother to watch horror films but I know a good thing when I see it, and there is genius in this film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Serkan Silahsor on 24 Nov. 2007
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Be prepared to be haunted by such sinister questions before watching "Shadow of the Vampire": should filmmaking be considered an art or science?, what's the thin line between genius and lunacy?, what might be the complications of uncontrolled creativity? what threads have humans and vampires in common? wickedness, loneliness, voraciousness, monstrousness or something more we don't know?

The premise of the film is based on the story of two tortured souls: one in human form, an obsessive and ambitious director who will sacrifice his cast and crew to "science" for the sake of making history through his purely realistic work, Nosferatu. The other is an hybrid form seemingly a rodent-like actor with clicking long, green fingernails and scowling gutteral grunts, who skulks in a nocturnal pit where his only companions are rats and bats. Both are after his own immortality; the former feeds on souls, the latter feeds on blood.

Thanks to impeccable cinematography, the aura and ambiance of the film are dark and depressing. The film uses different cameras and angles very well. As a photographer, I must say that the use of lights, shadows and reflections enhance the intended effectiveness. Along with good close-ups, it mixes bright shots with shadowy darkness pretty well. Overtures from "Tristan and Isolde" & "The Flying Dutchman", combines exquisitely with the picture. But, putting all these positive elements aside, the beauty of the film has a lot to do with the top notch performances of Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich.

But..... The pacing is a little too slack; duration is too short; script is shallow and not strong as it should be; depends too much on stereotypes, and pushes the viewer too much, not allowing enough room for imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Now Zoltan on 14 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Firstly, beware the recently reissued DVD by Second Sight, I know it's cheap but the picture quality is atrocious - washed out, pixillated - there's even a purple line running down the extreme left hand side for the duration of the movie. One of the worst transfers I've seen since the days of video back in the 80s.
Secondly, this is one huge missed opportunity of a movie - the idea is good, the cast is good, the director has talent (see his first feature Begotten for proof) however this film is a mess. There's no sense of tone - what is it? - a horror movie? a comedy? a historical snapshot? a character study of Murnau or Shrek? For me it succeeds at none of these aims and just drifts along squandering potential as it goes. Shame. Dig out the original or Herzogs magisterial remake and avoid this like the plague.
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