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Nosferatu The Vampyre [1979] [DVD]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2013
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 the German main feature(Werner Herzog shot two versions of ths film one English spoken, the other in German) Picture is stunning and is a superb upgrade from the Anchor Bay DVD version. Only the German spoken version comes in a 5.1 surrond mix.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2003
When i saw this movie for the first time I was stunned...although Werner Herzog is one of my favourite directors I was sceptical at first about Nosferatu because i was afraid that it will be much weaker than his predecessor....I couldn't be more wrong with this assumption...the movie is excellent.....there never was any vampire movie that even tried to give us such a strong portrait (both physically and psychicaly) of a creature that continued to live through ages..." Can You Imagine enduring centuries....experiencing the same futility every day" with this sentence Nosferatu explains the whole horror of his existence...and you feel some sort of sorrow for him even though you know that he is a monster ho pray on human blood to live.....unforgettable!. Film is beautifully shot by old Herzog's associate Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein and the music is excellently chosen to strenghten the whole atmosphere....pieces from Wagner's Das Rheingold are included here....and the cast is perfectly chosen, especially Kinski in the title role....possibly one of the best vampire movie among such gems as Carl Theodor Dreier's Vampyr, or Murnau's original Nosferatu
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
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! Top service!
The steel book itself is lovely. The finish on the casing is silver and not white which is how the picture on Amazon's site looks. The reverse is plain.
You can always rely on the BFI to revere the titles they put out and they certainly have done justice to Nosferatu The Vampyre.
The picture quality is excellent with just the right amount of grain embedded in the image. Both the English and German versions are included with a 5.1 sound bump up for the German soundtrack on the German version.
We also get a feature length commentary with the director, Werner Herzog, which is very informative. A short (13 minute) on set documentary follows and also included is the original trailer.
As usual BFI have included an informative booklet which is 18 pages long and contains an essay about the film by Laurie Johnson plus a review of the film from 1979 culled from the pages of Sight & Sound magazine.
All in all it's a fantastic package of a very under rated film.
Highly recommended.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2002
It's a very good movie (it's simply Herzog), but if you look for a horror movie and only a horror movie you may be very dissapointed. It is not a horror movie, this is more than just a movie of some well defined kind. This may be like some variations on "Heart of Glass", but in a different costume. This is not a movie for closed-minded horror consumers. This is Herzog with all his patience, time he takes, hipnotic visions he shows and the same madness or determination in Kinski's eyes. Great photos and unique atmosphere - flying bats, plague-or-what in the town, overall atmosphere of madness, insane dance at the end. Great movie, deep like Herzog and Kinski and yet simply horrifyng like Dracula. I'm not dissapointed with Herzog one more time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2003
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2002
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. Herzog creates some of the film's most memorable imagery here, as coffins are piled up in the market square, and the infected sit amongst the swarming rats, waiting to die.
Herzog shot the film simultaneously in English and German, the latter version running some 12 minutes longer. It's the visuals you take away with you - the slow-motion bat that descends on Lucy's window, the darkening sky over the savage crags that surround the Count's lair, the astonishing scene in which Dracula approaches Lucy as she gazes into a mirror, the vampire only registering in the glass as a shadow until the moment his wizened hand reaches out to touch her. There's virtually no blood and only the barest hint of sex, but Herzog's film remains an intoxicating Gothic stew, immaculately constructed and quietly terrifying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
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 box seems to focus on either Kinski (himself) or Kinski and Adjani.

I was rather anxious to see what state the picture would be in when it was fully remastered by Bfi studios, but I must say I'm impressed.

Purely speaking from what I've heard of the German Blu-ray which is already out, the picture quality of both the English and German versions on this Blu-ray is indistinguishable. I was worried that, like with the German version, Bfi may only focus on remastering on of the versions but they are both nearly perfectly remastered considering state of the source material. Some scenes are done better than others and at times the picture does look grainy, but compared with the Anchor Bay DVD, the difference is immense and well worth the investment if you really love the film.

The sound quality is good for both versions on the mono setting and although it would have been nice to have the English version in 5.1 as well, the difference in sound quality, unless you actually have a surround sound system, isn't that big and is nothing to put you off enjoying both versions of the film.

I must say, however, that if you were planning on buying this for the jazzed up booklet which accompanies it, you may be a little disappointed. The essay reads like any introduction to a classic text and isn't the most engaging thing to read, whilst the review of the film I've seen browsing online. Although nothing special, it is a nice little thing to have but booklet is not the name I would give it; I think post-it note (sized) pamphlet would be more suitable.

As to the extras the documentary is relatively slow for a short, 13 minute, feature and a lot of the directing from Herzog is in German - as can be expected - but with no subtitles, which makes it an awkward watch for the most part. No remastering has been done for this extra, I might add.

All taken into account, I'm personally just happy that a decent, Region B copy of both version's of the film is out there and available to the public. This film is a masterpiece of the time and an affordable Blu-ray version, widely available, has been a long time coming.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2009
I have the wonderful boxset but the version of Nosferatu is the worst of both worlds - it is the English version with a German soundtrack, so you get the slightly more stilted acting (English wasn't their muttersprache) combined with bad syncing. I bought this version because I wanted it in German with subtitles.

Also, truth be told, the mastering on the boxset is shoddy at best, most of the movies look like they've been recorded of the telly...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2010
I rewatched this recently - why not, it's my all time favourite horror movie, the perfect capturing of a nightmare. (correction - not quite perfect, there is a little intrusion of the modern world - safety rails beside the Borgo River for example, that jar a little). Tiny quibbles aside this is an outstanding effort - Herzog's style is so suited to creepiness it's a shame he's not dabbled a little more in the horror genre.
Anyway, the reason for this review and the lack of 5 stars is no reflection on the movie but rather the transfer, which is awful with pixalatted blacks and, at times, visible lines across the frame. A classic such as this demands better treatment - please, Criterion, Eureka, anybody, give us a decent presentation of these beautiful images - I'II even take the blu-ray plunge if I have to.
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