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on 24 December 2016
I admittedly don't normally review movies for the simple fact that I am not that technically minded enough to talk about them. However I have picked up a few movies that to my eye were absolutely stunning and worth reviewing. One of those was Die Nibelungen.
The first thing that caught my attention with this film is how lovely it looked. The forest scenes looked beautiful, the indoor sets were quite convincing and the outfits were top quality stuff. Despite its obviously advanced age, this movie visually has aged better than films that were released 15 yrs ago. I liked the fact that they tell you about the effort that has been put into restoring the movie and it looks great for it. Naturally the film is going to be grainy and scratched in places. However the film that has the less damage look as clear as day and sharper than some of the newer films I have purchased.
The plot itself has some nice twists and turns which I will not spoil for you but they did a great job of keeping the momentum going. Just when things settle down something happens that makes the story pick up. This whole thing is made that much sweeter with a fantastic bombastic score that really never lets down. The music is huge in scope and sounds absolutely magnificent through my stereo system. What happened to days when movies had good music?
The only thing that I can see putting people off is the fact it is silent (can't say it bothered me) and the fact that it is nearly five hours long. But don't let it put you off because this is actually two movies in one box and they work very well in separate viewings. You don't have to blast through the entire movie in one go, you can take your time and you will likely find a more comfortable experience by doing so.
I am new to this silent movie thing and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. This movie (without going into detail) is easily one of the finest films I have ever seen and those looking for a medieval drama to sink your teeth into should buy this without question. You have some light humour, some deceit, lies, back stabbing, endless battles and even a battle with a (very cute) dragon. The movie delivers a lot and the end result is very satisfying.