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M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931) - blu-ray edition,
This review is from: M [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
Case Type - Slimmer U.S type case.
Disc - AVC, BD50, Region B locked.
Video - 1.19:1 aspect ratio in a 16:9 frame (black bars appear at the left and right of the screen). 1080p/24fps. Black and White.
Audio - Original German language. 2.0 dual mono DTS-HD Master Audio.
Subtitles - Optional English subtitles.
Commentary with German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler.
Commentary with film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich's 1965 audio interviews with Fritz Lang.
20 minute interview with Fritz Lang (box says documentary, but its more of an interview).
Shorter 1932 U.K theatrical release version (in English language and upscaled to 1080p) - features alternate takes, and different actors.
48 page booklet.
Censorship? - No censorship or cuts have been made to the film on this disc. The BBFC have given the film a PG Certficate. The film contains disturbing subject matter and infrequent mild bad language. This is the longest version of the film (110 minutes) that has been available since the films premiere.
'M' is a superb thriller, and possibly Fritz Lang's finest film. Considering the time it was made it is quite disturbing, and i can imagine audiences in the early thirties were shocked when they saw this film in the cinema. Peter Lorre is excellent as the child killer and the films final moments are extremely powerful. The picture quality is easily one the best i've seen for a film this old. Plenty of grain and no digital tinkering as far as i know. The audio is equally as good (note: there are a few scenes that are completely silent - this was director Fritz Lang's intent). The commentaries are very informative, and so is the short but excellent Fritz Lang interview(He talks about Hitler wanting him to make films for the Nazi's and why he fled Germany to live and work in America). The booklet is also of high quality. The inclusion of the 1932 U.K cinema release version is a welcome one. It is dubbed in English and contains a few alternate scenes. The picture quality is no way near as good as the main feature but its worth a look if your a fan of this film.
The U.S Region A locked Criterion Collection edition contains a couple of addtional featurettes, a short film 'M le Maudit' inspired by Fritz Lang's M and also a stills gallery. It misses one of the commentaries from this U.K release and the Fritz Lang interview as well (although it does feature a different one). If you own a multi-region Blu-ray player then the U.S release may be the best one to get, however thats not to say the U.K edition is no good (far from it!)
A masterpiece of a film given a 1st class treatment for Blu-ray. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2011 07:50:23 BDT
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D. Broughton says:
You are saying that my review is for the Dvd? Even though i clearly state its the for Blu-ray? and you want to know about the dvd and not blu-ray? Why don't you check out the dvd edition then? I'm rather puzzled by your comment.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013 05:40:49 GMT
Lord Deonast says:
I'm assuming they are a victim of Amazon's putting DVD and blu-ray reviews lumped together for every version of movie titles and Equinox not realising this is the default. Equinox probably thinks you posted it under the DVD by mistake which you didn't of course. The useless developers at amazon could fix this by at the least sorting by default blu-ray or dvd reviews first according to the title in question and giving greater options for people to sort reviews. They won't this has been a problem for years that everyone complains about. I guess amazon staff and developers don't use their own site or don't care as the amount of development work would not be huge.
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