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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Blu-ray presentation., 11 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: FAUST (Masters of Cinema) (DVD & BLU-RAY DUAL FORMAT) (Blu-ray)
WARNING: Light spoilers ahead.

I'm almost ashamed to admit I was never really wowed by the film the only time I'd seen it previously on the first Eureka DVD. This year though I've been plowing my way through all of Murnau's surviving works and finding much of interest, so this Blu-ray of Faust was timed perfectly for me. This time I found it one of the most visually stunning films I've seen, and the Blu-ray is fabulous for that. The first 40 minutes is an endless visual assault, after which the film changes tactic somewhat and throws in melodrama and comedy. I found this dragged a little but Jannings keeps it afloat with a deliciously wicked performance. It changes again in the final third, and I was witness to raw emotion and the wickedness so-called good men can inflict upon the suffering. In fact, a devilish Mephisto seems to possess far more humanity than many of the God-fearing villagers. Very much a film of 3 distinct acts (along with it's prologue and epilogue).

I can now understand why this is hailed as a masterpiece, and it's a genuinely superb Blu-ray presentation. I had planned to leave the extras until another time, but ended up ploughing through the visual pieces (except the export version, the comparison featurette tells me all I need to know) all in one sitting. My highest recommendation.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2015, 11:22:27 BST
Valentina says:
Hi,
Could you tell me if the restored German version of the film is also on the DVDs in this 2014 Dual Format edition? (I don't have aBlu-Ray player yet) What's the quality of the German version like in the 2014 DVD? I have a 2001 Eureka edition of the export copy, which is not very sharp, and was wondering if it's worth purchasing the 2014 version even if I have to watch it only on the DVD,(for now) for better image quality. Nobody seems to be able to tell me, not even the sellers.
I would be so grateful if you could reply.
Thank you very much

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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2015, 22:17:08 BST
Lee R says:
You get both German and export version on the DVDs. I believe all the Blu-ray disc contents are replicated over the 2 DVDs.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2015, 10:10:20 BST
Valentina says:
Thank you very much
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