Das Testament Des Dr Mabuse [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] 
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SYNOPSIS: With the etching onto glass of a single word- "MABUSE"- Berlin reawakens into a nightmare. Fritz Lang's electrifying Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse [The Testament of Dr. Mabuse] is the astonishing second instalment in the German master's legendary Mabuse series, a film that puts image and sound into an hypnotic arrangement unlike anything seen or heard in the cinema before or since.
It's been eleven years since the downfall of arch-criminal and master-of-disguise Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), now sequestered in an asylum under the watchful eye of one Professor Baum (Oskar Beregi). Mabuse exists in a state of "catatonic graphomania", his only action the irrepressible scribbling of blueprints that would realise a seemingly theoretical "Empire of Crime". But when a series of violent events courses through the city, police and populace alike start asking themselves with increasing panic: "Who is behind all this?!" The answer borders on the realm of the impossible...
Not only a follow-up to Lang's earlier Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler], M, but also, with the presence of Otto Wernicke's Police Commissioner Lohmann, a semi-sequel to Lang's immortal masterpiece M, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse is itself considered by many to be Lang s greatest achievement - a work of terrible and practically supernatural power that seems to have prophesied the implications of the Nazi scourge. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse for the very first time on Blu-ray, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition and limited edition SteelBook.
SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY + DVD) EDITION FEATURES:
- HD transfer of the film presented in its original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
- Optional English-language subtitles
- Feature-length audio commentary by film scholar and Fritz Lang expert David Kalat
- Lavish booklet featuring the words of Fritz Lang, rare archival imagery, and more...
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But to revel in the sound is only one facet of this surprising movie. The plot, for example is for its time both complex and enigmatic. On one level it is about a hunt for a mastermind criminal. A mysterious figure is head of a network of counterfeiters, thieves and murderers, and his goal seems to be chaos, not profit. All the evidence points to Dr Mabuse, however he is in a mental asylum, secure and cut off from the world. And yet, somehow, he has extended his reach beyond mere body, to leave a legacy, a testament, if you will, after he is gone. It's not just a crime thriller then - there are genuine moments that enter a more mystical level. And then there are the politics.. the movies politics have long been debated.. was Lang really making a point, when he developed a maniacal leader, who could through ranting and persuasion by violence, use chaos and currency problems to overthrow the state? Certainly Goebbels seemed to think so, and the movie was banned by the Nazis, and Lang left for Europe.
And then of course there are those signature Lang visuals. I loved the moment for example, when we see a lady waiting in the gloom on a wonderful set of sweeping pure lines of art deco stairs, only for a light to come on, changing the image instantly. The scenes involving the spectre of Mabuse were groundbreaking effects for the time, and yet Lang knew exactly how to use them, without it dominating or distracting from the movie (although apparently later he regretted their inclusion). And Lang did know how to wring tension out of a scene through visuals as much as through the setup or the plot device. The stairway shootout, the room filling with water, the assassination in the car are all memorable set pieces.
This particular edition comes nicely restored, though not to the same level of perfection as Metropolis was restored, and a somewhat dry but nonetheless informative commentary, along with a nice little booklet which delves into the movie in surprising depth.
Of course this is a movie almost 80 years old, and so needless to say it has dated.. it's not often now that the speeding vehicles in a chase have to overtake a horse and cart. The acting styles certainly can seem overegged and histrionic compared to more modern style.. though Otto Wernicke's Kommissar Lohmann (The same character from Lang's previous movie, `M') is simply a wonderful creation. But despite the issues that come with age, thanks to Lang's unique talent, this is indeed a testament, a fitting tribute to remind us of the care and imagination that can go into making movies, without cgi, without huge budgets, and yet still create something both exciting and of artistic merit. Worth a shot, even if the thought of an octogenarian movie makes you nervous.
Info: Comissioner Lohmann - played by Otto Wernicke - does appear too in "M" (also by Fritz Lang) so you can see "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" as a kind of Semi-Sequel of "M".
What makes "Das Testament..." interesting? Well of course its a continuing story of "Dr. Mabuse - Der Spieler/The Gambler" (from 1922) and got a 2nd sequel in 1960 with "The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" (released in a Box in Germany with 5 more Mabuse movies).
But its more than a continuing story. It has a message: Each movie villain got words of Nazis and makes a bad view to the Nazis. Thats one reason why the movie was banned in 1933 and Fritz Lang left Germany. - so we should be happy that the movie survived in the archives -.
In this movie: you can see Theo Lingen who came famous later in 1960/70 with his german "Luemmel"-movies (a kind of american pie/high school musical movies) as Oberstudienrat Dr. Taft.
The Box contains a interesting Audio-Commentary and a 50 page booklet.
FAZIT: Entertaining and interesting for two reason.
For an example of how to truly restore a Lang film and employ the subtitles to maximum effect I suggest Universum's remastered copy of M available from Amazon.de in a 2 disc booklet format with outstanding clarity of picture and truly sublime titling
MPEG-4 AVC Video 34999 kbps 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
the finest details are always present and look wonderful on a large screen.
As for the audio, both German and English are offered in stereo in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio.
English subtitles are available, as with all MoC titles.
The packaging is of superior quality as is the accompanying booklet of 50 pages including an interview with director Fritz Lang himself.
Let us hope to have the first part 'Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler' received the same flawless treatment.
The whole thing is shot in a style which seems quite similar to German Expressionist painting.
At any rate, it isn’t surprising that the Nazi’s banned it, presumably because they found in it an uncomfortably prescient depiction of their own form of government.
I have always had the impression that Fritz Lang basically ceased to make masterpieces when he went to Hollywood. Would anyone like to comment on this?
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