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The Werner Herzog Collection [Blu-ray] [1967]

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  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, Blu-ray
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2014
  • Run Time: 1310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I7TXG7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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WERNER HERZOG COLLECTION (8-DISC Blu-ray BOX SET)

The Werner Herzog Collection an extensive Blu-ray box set compiling 18 films from the legendary German director. Features digitally remastered High Definition presentations of classics such as Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972); The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974); Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982) plus many of Herzog's hugely acclaimed short films. Extras include Jack Bond's long-unseen South Bank Show on Herzog from 1982 and Les Blank's Burden of Dreams.

Contents

  1. The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967)
  2. Last Words (1968)
  3. Precautions Against Fanatics (1969)
  4. Handicapped Future (1970)
  5. Fata Morgana (1971)
  6. Land Of Silence and Darkness (1971)
  7. Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)
  8. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
  9. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1975)
  10. Heart of Glass (1976)
  11. How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976)
  12. Stroszek (1977)
  13. Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1979)
  14. Woyzeck (1979)
  15. Huie's Sermon (1980)
  16. God's Angry Man (1980)
  17. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  18. Cobre Verde (1987)

Special features

  • All films remastered to High Definition
  • Alternative German and English versions of selected titles
  • Full-length audio commentaries with Werner Herzog on selected titles
  • Optional 5.1. German and English audio on selected titles
  • Nosferatu On set documentary (1979, 13 mins)
  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Les Blank, 1980, 21 mins)
  • Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, 1982, 95 mins)
  • Guardian Lecture with Werner Herzog (1988, 83 mins, audio only)
  • The South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (Jack Bond, 1982, 56 mins)
  • Original trailers on selected films
  • Stills galleries on selected films
  • Illustrated booklet with extensive essay by Laurie Johnson; full film credits

Germany, France, Peru, Ghana | 1967-1987 | black & white, and colour | German language, with optional English subtitles, English language | 1391 minutes (+ extras) | Original aspect ratios 1.33:1, 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 | BD50 x 8 | PAL | PCM mono and stereo audio (48k/24-bit), 5.1 DTS-HD master audio (640kbps) | Region B Blu-ray

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Bargain for whats included - I had only seen "Fittzcarraldo" prior to purchase so it has been an adventure. Great transfers and extras. Some films left me cold (Nosferatu/Heart of Glass) while others are genuine masterpieces (Stroczek) - recommended.
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This review is for Lucas. Due to the substandard transfer of Heart of Glass the set only deserves 4 stars. I haven't watched everything in the set, there is a lot of it, but this review is to counterbalance the lies and misinformation spread by Lucas in his one star review. There really isn't any clear winner here between Shout Factory and BFI. Your decision should be based solely on the films available in each selection. There are many professional reviews that note problems with overly digitized images in the Shout Factory transfers, but then again, the BFI set isn't perfect either (see Heart of Darkness). The extras and features are extensive throughout the set. Herzog's commentaries are a highlight. He has great anecdotes regarding on-set events, and is generally very witty and insightful. The packaging is perfectly serviceable. While it's not desirable to have one disc in front of another, I've never had any problem removing the discs. Overall, the package is great. This is probably the best looking transfers of these films you are going to see outside of a projected print. Please make an informed decision when purchasing this set. Read the reviews and comments carefully, but remember. anyone that actively censors descenting opinions clearly has something to hide.
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Superb, although some significant films are missing, unfortunately.
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A fantastic collection of powerful and inspirational films. From faithful documentary to triumphant depictions with subtle performances.
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This is one of the best box sets I've ever owned. Granted, the packaging is kind of flimsy and the disc holders are unusual, but overall the content is what's really important; the transfers are beautiful, the sound is great, and the subtitles are poetic. I own the Shout Factory set as well, and the BFI blows it away in terms of picture quality. The only reason to get the Shout set is for the films not included with this release.

Bottom Line, 6 stars for the content and it's quality, 2 stars for the packaging.
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I'm going to begin by admitting I'm on dangerous ground, for I haven't yet received the BFI set. But I feel the need to correct what seems to be a major fallacy in two of the other reviews on the site, i.e., that this will be of major interest to people without HDTVs or Blu-Ray players. The "event" here is the Blu-Rays - few of these films have appeared in the format and they're long-awaited. I'm in California, USA, and don't have the budget to buy both sets. I decided to spring for the BFI (as opposed to the Shout Factory) for a couple of - I think crucial - reasons:

1.) This set digs deeper. There's nothing on the Shout Factory! set that hasn't been around for a while in some form, whereas here you find extravagant rarities like "God's Holy Man."

2.) Still more important, both of the big Blu-Ray review websites identify the BFI transfers as brilliant and the Shout Factory! transfers as sub-par. Here, for example, is bluray.com's review of "Nosferatu" - first the UK, then the US version:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Nosferatu-the-Vampyre-Blu-ray/96015/
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Nosferatu-the-Vampyre-Blu-ray/82210/

Here is dvdbeaver.com on the same film:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_61/nosferatu_the_vampyre_blu-ray.htm

Title after title, a pattern emerges. Although not every film on each box has been reviewed so systematically (the sets are too new), it is clear that the Shout Factory! discs suffer from excessive digital enhancement, while the BGI transfers reflect a greater respect for the source material (see also, reviews of Woyzec and Aguirre on the same sites).
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As a long time follower of Herzog this is pure manna from heaven.
Beautifully packaged by BFI it is surely a welcome collectors item, and a bargain to boot!
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Superb collection - wonderful transfers. As ever, well done BFI!
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