Kino Lorber Releases Fritz Lang's Spies and Woman in the Moon

NEW YORK, NY - February 11, 2016 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two silent film classics by Fritz Lang, SPIES (1928) and WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929), in new HD transfers from 2k digital restorations by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Made soon after Lang's 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis, SPIES and WOMAN IN THE MOON are among the crowning achievements of German silent cinema.

Set to street on February 23, 2016, SPIES and WOMAN IN THE MOON come to Blu-ray and DVD with individual SRPs of $29.95 for the Blu-ray editions, and $24.95 for the DVDs. Both films are presented with their original German intertitles, with optional English subtitles. SPIES features a piano score by Neil Brand in 2.0 stereo, and includes "Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action" (2006, 72 minutes), a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening about the making of the film, along with the original German theatrical trailer (5 minutes), courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna. WOMAN IN THE MOON features a piano score by Javier Peréz Azpeitia in 2.0 stereo, and includes a 14-minute documentary on the making of the film, "Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film".

SPIES  
Having defined the espionage genre with Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, Fritz Lang returned to the genre with this surprisingly fast-paced and remarkably grim thriller. Rudolf Klein-Rogge stars as Haghi, the head of an elaborate criminal empire, and Willy Fritsch is the undercover agent assigned to topple the diabolical king from his throne. Filled with the sexual intrigue and high-tech gadgetry that continue to define the genre, SPIES (Spione) remains remarkably contemporary, more than 85 years after its original release.

WOMAN IN THE MOON
Two years after revolutionizing the science fiction film with his epic Metropolis, director Fritz Lang revisited the genre with an ambitious spectacle that dramatizes the first lunar expedition. Rather than a flight of pure fantasy, Lang, screenwriter Thea von Harbou, and a group of technical consultants conceived a modernized "Trip to the Moon" grounded in state-of-the-art astrophysics. Spiced with romance and espionage (including a network of diabolical super-spies straight out of Lang's Mabuse films), WOMAN IN THE MOON (Frau im Mond) was one of the most influential science fiction films of its era.
 
SPIES (1928)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 23, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Blu-ray UPC: 738329203337
DVD SRP: $24.95
DVD UPC: 738329203320

2k Digital Restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Produced and Directed by Fritz Lang
Screenplay by Thea von Harbou
Produced by Erich Pommer
Photographed by Fritz Arno Wagner
Art Direction by Otto Hunte and Karl Vollbrecht
With Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Lupu Pick, Fritz Rasp
Piano Score by Neil Brand

Special Features:
"Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action" (2006, 72 min.),
a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening

Germany | 1928 | 150 min. |  B&W | Blu-ray: 1920x1080p (1.33:1) | DVD: 1.33:1 | Stereo 2.0
German intertitles with optional English subtitles

 

 

 

Woman in the Moon


WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 23, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329203368
DVD SRP: $24.95
DVD UPC: 738329203351

2k Digital Restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Produced and Directed by Fritz Lang
Screenplay by Thea von Harbou
Photographed by Curt Courant, Oskar Fischinger, Otto Kanturek, and Konstantin Tschetwerikoff
Art Direction by Emil Hasler, Otto Hunte, and Karl Vollbrecht
With Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp, Gustav von Wangenheim
Restoration: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Materials: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin
Piano Score by Javier Peréz Azpeitia

Special Features:
"Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film",
a documentary on the making of the film (14 min.)

Germany | 1929 | 169 min. | B&W | Blu-ray: 1920x1080p (1.33:1) | DVD: 1.33:1 | Stereo 2.0
German intertitles with optional English subtitles