- Directors: Fritz LANG
- Format: PAL
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
- Run Time: 281 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B008LTVKLU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
DIE NIBELUNGEN (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) 
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SYNOPSIS: Perhaps the most stately of Fritz Lang's two-part epics, the five-hour Die Nibelungen is a courageous and hallucinatory work. Its extraordinary set-pieces, archetypal themes, and unrestrained ambition have proved an inspiration for nearly every fantasy cycle that has emerged on-screen since - from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings .
In Part One, Siegfried, the film's eponymous hero acquires the power of invincibility after slaying a dragon and bathing in the creature's blood. Later, an alliance through marriage between the hero and the royal clan of the Nibelungen turns treacherous, with Siegfried's sole weakness exploited.
In Part Two, Kriemhilds Rache [Kriemhild's Revenge], Siegfried's widow travels to the remote land of the Huns to wed the monstrous Attila, and thereby enlist his forces in an act of vengeance that culminates in massacre, conflagration, and, under the auspices of Lang, one of the most exhilarating and terrifying end-sequences in all of cinema.
Adapted from the myth that was also the basis for Wagner's Ring cycle of operas, Lang's epic offers its own startling expressionistic power - a summit of the director's artistry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Die Nibelungenin a spectacular new HD restoration, released as a 2 x DVD set & a 2 x Blu-ray set in the UK.
- Long-awaited expert HD restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Germany
- Immaculately presented in the film's original frame rates and aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
- Newly translated optional English subtitles for the original German intertitles
- An hour-long documentary: The Heritage of Die Nibelungen
- Illustrated booklet featuring the words of Lang, rare archival imagery, and more
- Further details to be announced nearer the release date!
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Top Customer Reviews
Finally available in its fully restored version in the "Masters of cinema" series, "Die Nibelungen" is composed of two parts: "Siegfried" and "Kriemhild's revenge". This is a very long film - it lasts a grand total of 288 minutes - but I swear I didn't see the time passing by! Made in 1924, this film is of course mute and in black and white, but even if such thing bothers you, after first two minutes you will stop noticing it. Me personally I like to see an old mute black and white film from time to time as they have a unique charm - and that one has this kind of charm and many other treasures as well.
This film is inspired by the medieval German poem "Nibelungenlied", which was also ONE of inspirations for Wagner's monumental saga "Der ring des Nibelungen". This film however is NOT connected to Wagner's works other than by common source of inspiration. Therefore, even if there are here some evil gnomes (the Nibelungen), one huge dragon and a fierce maiden warrior (Brunhild, the Queen of Iceland), do not expect here any Norse gods or Valkyries.
There is also NO music by Wagner. The music in this film is monumental - as it should be - and by moments it sounds as if Wagner was the inspiration for it, but it is nevertheless an original and distinct thing, written by Gottfried Huppertz, the man who was going later to write also the score for "Metropolis".
I will not talk here a lot about the plot.Read more ›
It is not fair to expect a film of this vintage to have pristine and eye-popping HD visuals. The Murnau-Stiftung foundation have done a fantastic job of meticulously restoring the film from the original negatives and tinting it a lovely golden shade as per the original intent (This adds to the mythical feel of the story). Of course, there are scratches and damage marks, but they are in most instances minor and not distracting. Some shots, taken from a different print, have lower quality, but these are momentary. The bulk of the presentation is remarkable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admittedly don't normally review movies for the simple fact that I am not that technically minded enough to talk about them. Read morePublished 26 days ago by S. Lornie
A very beautiful film. We may wonder how Fritz Lang managed to get to that level of quality of picture but also that width of picture with the camera of the time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
One for cinefile die hards this one,briliant if you like vintage moviesPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the greatest films of all time. A masterpiece from 1924. Thanks to Zoverstock for the excellent delivery service.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
... is really hard going in its original form. The sets are fantastic, design and makeup astonishing, photography fine, German women Beryl Cook at her best, Siegfried camp as... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Guzzler
Although thought of as a classic, I found it over long and very boring.Published 13 months ago by r a price
An absolute gem! A beautiful film, superbly remastered. Highly recommended to any one interested in art of all kinds.Published 13 months ago by Keith of Hampshire