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The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari [DVD]

Werner Krauss , Conrad Veidt , Elsa Wagner    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinz von Twardowski
  • Directors: Elsa Wagner
  • Producers: Robert Wiene
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OFDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,677 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This classic piece of German expressionist cinema employs stylized sets, costumes and make-up to tell its story from a shifting point of view. Dr Caligari runs a side show at a fair where a somnambulist predicts someone's death and that night the person is murdered. The somnambulist turns out to be a lunatic from a local asylum and Dr Caligari the asylum's insane director.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Movie 27 Jun 2004
This is a slightly different version to Horror Hotel released a few years ago. For one thing, there are no cuts unlike the previous version. Another, picture and sound is far superior as well and also contains extras which I am sure movie fans of Christopher Lee will find very interesting indeed. Plus an interview with Venetia Stevenson, the tragic heroine of the movie. Overall, its a really good buy of a little known Horror Flick first released about 1961 and has stood the test of time. Its spooky, enhanced by its haunting sets in a fog bound village. Much of the movie is dark, but the DVD version looks very sharp and clear. Sound, although mono is adequate. A classy movie which deserves to be seen by a new generation of Horror fans. They knew how to make them in those days.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic stylized horror B-movie 10 Sep 2007
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This is a classic low budget horror B-movie from 1960. The acting performances and set design are highly stylized and although very visual a lot is left to the imagination. It's shot in B&W and the lighting and cinematography are excellent. This film was a low budget production but the overall package exceeds the sum of it's parts - its high quallity and like a fine wine it will get better with age.

You should buy the VCI version which is the widescreen collector's edition. It was painstaking restored with the cooperation of the British Film Institute and is complete and uncut. The digital transfer is excellent and the audio (mono) is crystal clear. The are also numerous special features such as audio commentary from John Moxey and Christopher Lee. The interviews with Moxey, Lee and Stevenson are highly entertaining. This is a superb example of how a classic film should be restored and released on DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gothic treat 14 Sep 2007
By M. F
I remember watching this one winters late evening, after the parents had gone to bed. The atmosphere it evoked then can still be found here twenty years later. The film is a chiller in the true sense of the word - it seeps mist, and most of the film is centred around an overgrown graveyard, lending the black and white footage a cold quality. Although Christopher Lee is in this, he's certainly not the star, and the slight hamminess of the young American actors does not detract from the mood of the film either. It comes across as a genuinely dark tale of black magic and witches. (No offence to wiccans)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Occult Classic 8 Jun 2007
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WARNING: This review reveals some key plot elements.

The City Of The Dead, a.k.a. Horror Hotel, is a classic creepy tale about witchcraft in a New England village (but filmed in England) featuring superb black and white photography and some wonderfully eerie sets.

The film opens in fine horror movie style with a prologue similar to that of Mario Bava's Black Sunday - In the 17th Century an accused witch called Elizabeth Selwyn is burned at the stake and as the flames begin to lick her body she makes a pact with Lucifer and vows to return and unleash her revenge on her condemners. The story then moves to the present day where, following a lecture given by her tutor Professor Driscoll (Christopher Lee), Nan Barlow, a young female student who is studying the history of witchcraft and occult practices, travels to the remote mist-enshrouded village of Whitewood - a place with a long history of witchcraft attached to it where the aforementioned Elizabeth Selwyn and many other witches were executed, in order to research material for her term paper. En route she gives a lift to a mysterious stranger who seems to just vanish into thin air when they arrive in Whitewood. She checks into a hotel, The Raven's Inn, run by the sinister Mrs Newless (who is not really who she appears to be), and from then onwards her fate is sealed...

This is a great horror movie and it proves that you do not need a mega budget and high-tech special effects to make an atmospheric horror film. This particular DVD version presents the film in its fully uncut format and in widescreen, with the option of a commentary by Christopher Lee himself. There is also a bonus disc included that is full of extras the best of which is a 45 minute interview with Christopher Lee.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig that crazy beat... 11 April 2009
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The first chiller produced by future Amicus head-honcho Milton Subotsky, The City of The Dead (1960) remains a firm, somewhat overrated favourite of horror fans, particularly in the US, where it is better known under its alternative title, Horror Hotel. With its Lovecraftian plot, structural similarities to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and Massachusetts setting, it is not difficult to understand why the film is more popular with American audiences than British ones (especially since the nearly all-British cast of this Shepperton-made potboiler are required to put on some rather wobbly accents). An atmospheric but largely illogical story of human sacrifice in a mist-covered hamlet populated almost entirely by re-incarnated witches, The City of The Dead features some gaping plot holes and sub-standard performances from its leads, and gets by largely on its memorably gloomy photography, a shocking plot twist halfway through the film, and a trio of memorably evil villains in Patricia Jessel, Christopher Lee, and the description-defying Valentine Dyall.
This is a good DVD release (perhaps a little too good, considering the middling quality of the movie itself), featuring a BFI-restored print of the film, two separate commentaries, one featuring director John Moxey, the other with Christopher Lee, and two lengthy interviews, one with Lee, the other with female lead Venetia Stevenson. The original trailer is also included. I have remarked on this in other Amazon reviews, but I think the point is a good one and worth repeating here; if Lee can find the time to contribute to prestige releases of minor films like this, then surely he could bring something to new releases of infinitely better movies from his CV, such as Horror of Dracula or The Devil Rides Out?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A B-Movie? Some of my best friends are B-Movies...
This is one I'll be keeping until late autumn: late Friday night. I've seen it a couple of times before and rate it as one of the best - if not the best - of its period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.J.Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Hotel/City of the Dead
Not the full English version aka City of the Dead. Good cast and plenty of atmosphere. Watch the City of the Dead version if possible.
Published 1 month ago by S. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
classic horror very good.c lee at his best.good performance from old crooner dennis lotus.british horror at its best.a classic.thanks very much
Published 1 month ago by filmman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
very good example of early horror.Lights off popcorn and back in time, horror with out abusive languge. woul be ok for all.
Published 7 months ago by Andy Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching minor classic
I have to agree with all the comments on the technical quality of the VCI release. It is first class and is in all respects far superior to the odd ones that were around under the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Edward Sammons
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Wonderful
Horror Hotel is certainly quite an intriging film. The movie which deals with witchcraft in the 60s in an oldy worldy town looks well ahead of it's time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Hotel.
I liked this movie..the first time i saw it.
Many years still has the same effect on me.
Different...but good!!
Published 18 months ago by maxxxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
If you are going to buy any version of this film, make sure it is the VCI release. It's crisp and clear and contains all the missing footage the Americans were daft enough to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Ciy Of The Dead - An Underrated Classic
When I first saw this b-movie on an obscure Satellite TV channel a few years ago I was really impressed by the movie's dark sinister atmosphere and top notch acting (well, apart... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Garry1963
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD version at last!
This film (aka: Horror Hotel in U.S.) has always been a favorite but we only had a VHS version. This DVD with additional footage deleted from the U.S. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cherie Jung, Publisher, Over My Dead Body!
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