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Nosferatu (2013 Restoration) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Gustav Botz, John Gottowt
  • Directors: F.W. Murnau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EQ27RLS
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SYNOPSIS: An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt - and, indeed, terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set - pieces and innocuous real - world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply - rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature " Murnau - style" that would change cinema history forever.

In this first - ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok - portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology - who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival - that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout...

Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara s King of New York and The Addiction, and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire), F. W. Murnau s surreal 1922 cine - fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of ''the horror film''. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present, newly restored at long last, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror in its definitive restoration, complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release.


  • Brand new high - definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
  • Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens
  • The Language of Shadows, a 53 - minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu
  • New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson
  • Exclusive video piece taped by and featuring filmmaker Abel Ferrara
  • Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles
  • 56-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Gilberto Perez, Albin Grau, Enno Patalas, and Craig Keller; notes on the restoration; and rare archival imageryimagery


A visual and emotional treat. - Kim Newman, EMPIRE Magazine

If contemporary horror films were as richly imaginative as Nosferatu there's no doubting the genre would be taken more seriously than it is - Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

It remains a film to freeze the blood... - The Independent

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Made in 1922, FW Murnau's Expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu--A Symphony of Horrors is an unofficial but reasonably faithful condensation of parts of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Alongside Metropolis (1926) it is one of the very few European features from the 1920s that is still regularly shown, and apart from being the first great horror film it laid the foundations of the vampire genre to the present day. Wearing astonishing rodent-like make-up Max Schreck cuts such an iconic figure as the undead Count that the 2001 comedy-horror Shadow of the Vampire suggested he wasn't acting at all! Although Murnau's film was revolutionary and technically adventurous for the time, a modern audience will have to make some allowances for the fact the movie now seems both dated and technically primitive: Murnau's stylised lighting and camera effects have been endlessly imitated and improved upon since, and even its greatest defenders generally admit the film barely raises a shudder, let alone a full-blooded scare. Nevertheless, Nosferatu holds a strange dreamlike grip on the imagination and its incalculable influence on fantasy and horror cinema means this is essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in the development of motion picture art.

On the DVD: Presented in Academy at 1.37:1 and with James Bernard's new orchestral score in well-recorded stereo Nosferatu looks and sounds as good as it has in decades. Bernard, composer of Hammer's Dracula (1958) among others, has written a superior score that captures the film's subtitle, "A Symphony of Horrors", and truly brings the images alive in a way previous scores have not. This restored version presents for the first time on video or DVD the blue and brown tints of the original cinema prints and replicates the original hand-designed inter-title cards which with their distinctive designs make the film much more of a compete visual experience. More importantly, this DVD offers approximately another quarter of an hour of material over the usually distributed American version. However, the restoration has not extended to repairing the many lines, scratches, variations in brilliance and other evidence of print damage present throughout. The film is perfectly watchable, being very much what one would expect from the early 1920s. There are text biographies and notes on Murnau and James Bernard, DVD-ROM material on the restoration of the print and a perceptive 23-minute discussion by film expert Christopher Frayling on many aspects of the movie. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Firstly, about the definitive (older) 2007 DVD version and the film in general. I original wrote this after watching this older release, upscaled through my BluRay player, and enjoyed it more than I ever have.

This film is wonderful! A true masterpiece of cinematic history, released 24 years after Stoker's novel, and manages to tell a bare-bones version of Dracula, in a visually spooky, and quite hunting, and more accurately than a lot of other adaptations IMO. The whole look of Count Orlok is rather vile and will sear into your brain, the shadows and imagery are perfect. This is not a blood and guts horror, of course, its almost 100 years old, but, relies on its creepy visuals to great effect. An awesome restoration, that we are so lucky to have, some shots are a tad degraded but most are very clear, topped off by a 2.0 and 5.1 new performance from the original sound score sheet music. My favourite Dracula movie. There is something magical about the look of silent film, even if the guy who plays Hutter is a compete over-acting wooden top :/.

A small gripe I have is, that there are a few frames missing during some scenes, making moving characters suddenly disappear or 'jump' along a little. It is very occasional, but I have other editions of this film, (namely Eureka's previous sepia version and the BFI 1997 restoration), where this doesn't happen in the same, or at least some of the same scenes, and for the sake of a mere missing frame or two would have fixed those occasional 'jumpy' scenes and made them fluid, even if the quality was, arguably, maybe, not quite as good as the source material used during this restoration, I really don't think in a split second, that, a few lower quality frames, will notice over the benefits of fluid motion. But hey, its nitpicking really.
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If you are searching for a high-quality and highly authentic edition of this cinematic masterpiece, look no further, for this DVD-set is precisely that.

It can be surprisingly difficult to find a proper edition of this film. Different versions of it abound, and Amazon is not exactly helping the matter - as far as I can see, they have been indiscriminately mixing together reviews which refer to completely different editions. For instance, one of the "Amazon.co.uk Reviews" at the top of this product's page, states:

"This two-disc set gives you the choice of watching Nosferatu in either a sepia-tinted version or the original black & white. Both, however, feature the same modern electronic music score by Art Zoyd (at the movie's lavish 1922 premiere a live orchestra performed a newly composed, quasi-Wagnerian score by Hans Erdmann)." - Neither statement applies to this DVD-set; it features the Hans Erdmann score, and if there is an option to see the film in black and white, I have not found it yet (more about that in a moment).

So to prevent any misunderstanding: I am referring in this review to the "Eureka! The Masters of Cinema" edition released on 19 Nov 2007 (its cover shows a stylized drawing of Nosferatu on a blueish background, with a thin half-moon to his right and rats around his legs).

The Restoration:

The film is presented in its original format, which has been painstakingly restored. First of all, it features the German intertitles, both originals and imitations designed to look like the originals, all very stylish, and with optional English subtitles. In addition, the image has been digitally remastered.
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Great Edition, Wavesome Steelbook Exceptional Extras.
Really a good edition for a collector and movie lover.
I really recommend.

Buy It!!
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The Eureka edition of Nosferatu includes the following:
a 2 x DVD special edition of the 2007 F.W. Murnau-Stiftung restoration plus original score. This edition of NOSFERATU features Hans Erdmann's original music for the first time since the film's initial release in the 1920s. The original score in paper form has been located (no original recordings were ever made, it was only performed live in the 1920s). A lush, orchestral recording of this original score has been performed by Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken conducted by Berndt Heller
+ Full-length audio commentary by Brad Stevens and R. Dixon Smith - film historian.
+ A 96-page book containing articles by David Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen); Thomas Elsaesser (author of Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary); Gilberto Perez (author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium); Enno Patalas (former director of the Münchner Stadtmuseum/Filmmuseum, where he was responsible for the restoration of many German classics, including Nosferatu); a newly translated archival piece on vampires by the film's producer Albin Grau; notes on the film's restoration; and archival imagery
- 53-minute German documentary about Murnau and the making of Nosferatu complete with fascinating footage of the film's locations today
- Restoration demonstration
there might be a few other extras but nothing confirmed at this time.
The cover art is taken from Albin Grau's poster of the time.
On top of this edition "KINO" films is releasing their own version AND there is a groovy "STEELBOOK" edition available from AMAZON.DE which I have pre-ordered.
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