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5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered, exactly as indicated, 18 May 2014
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This review is from: Nosferatu, The Vampyre (Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) [1979] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 24 May 2014 00:40:34 BDT
Good review! I am patiently waiting for mine to be delivered to the states (Texas). I took the risk and bought the region A Shout Factory blu ray. What a mistake! The English version was not remastered and is barely watchable with the heavy noise plaguing the video (especially in the darker scenes). The German version looks better, but not great. I read on Blu ray.com about the marvelous work BFI put into their release (struck from 2K prints), but I had already ordered the steelbook before its released. The BFI blu rays I do have all look outstanding. Thanks again for your review. And I cannot wait to see this masterpiece on this UK blu ray.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2014 20:40:54 BDT
its only £14.99 from hmv for the steelbook
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