Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (12 Blu-ray Set) (Blu-ray)
Directed by Fritz Lang
The complete silent films of German cinema's supreme stylist. A twelve-disc blu-ray collection including Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), The Plague of Florence (1919).
This set is not available on DVD.
Blu-ray Extras Include:
• Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
• Restoration demonstration footage
• 2016 Re-release trailer
DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER
• “The Story Behind Dr. Mabuse,” (52 Min.), a three-part documentary exploring the musical score by Aljoscha Zimmermann, the career of novelist Norbert Jacques, and an analysis of the film
• “The Legacy of the Nibelungen,” a 68-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film, by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
• Newsreel footage taken on the set
• “Voyage to Metropolis,” a 50-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film
• Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where previously missing footage was discovered
• “Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action” (2006, 72 Min.) a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
• Original German theatrical trailer (5 min.) courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna
WOMAN IN THE MOON
• “Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film,” a documentary on the making of the film (14 Min.) |
32 page booklet with essay by Tom Gunning
"If you're ready to enjoy a collection of some of the finest films ever made - let alone some of the earliest films ever made - Fritz Lang: The Silent Films offers cinephiles a rare opportunity to look at the medium's history through the eyes of one of the greatest filmmakers. Lang's work can be felt through the ages inspiring some of the most important films ever made. Even if silent films really aren't your first love, I'm sure you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of this terrific set."
"'Fritz Lang: The Silent Films,'" from Kino Lorber, presents a dozen of the great German master’s silent films. Not to be missed are the great thrillers 'Spies' and 'Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler.'"
"Absolutely for the budding cinephile or veteran cineaste is the the complete silent films of German cinema’s supreme stylist Fritz Lang. ...this is a film school in a box and could keep you busy for all of 2018. Just imagine how many film professors are going to go ape for this one."
"The films are beyond influential, and the discs are full of extras including commentaries and full documentaries. If you’ve never encountered much of German expressionist silent cinema, or Fritz Lang’s work specifically, this set is a must-have for movie lovers. And hey, just in time for Christmas!"
"Even more ambitiously and fanboy-satisfying in its way is Kino’s mega-box Fritz Lang: The Silent Films, which Blu-ray-izes all eleven of Lang’s surviving German silents....How could one live without the whole brick, the die-hard cineaste snorts, as he or she skulks to the ancestral screening sanctum once again and vanishes into the silver fog of true movie love."
"Looking for that special gift for a film fiend friend? Check out the extraordinary new collection: FRITZ LANG THE SILENT FILMS. If German silent cinema was a towering influence around the world – and it was, Lang reigned as its ruler."
"This is an excellent gift for the film nerd in your life and I can also see it appealing to sci-fi/fantasy geeks given Lang’s enormous influence on the genres."
"Impress even the most hardcore film fans with this 12-disc collection spanning the complete silent work of the endlessly influential German expressionist filmmaker, from 'Spies' to 'The Spiders,' and, of course, his sci-fi masterpiece 'Metropolis.'"
"As far as film courses in a box go, you can’t beat this 12-disc set from Kino Lorber, which collects the entire silent output of probably the most significant and influential director of his era."
"Few filmmakers of the silent era had as much impact as the great German stylist Fritz Lang, whose films were instrumental to the look and feel of the German expressionist movement, and whose Metropolis (above) influenced literally 90 years of cinematic future dystopias. This stunning new box set from Kino-Lorber collects his surviving silent features, eleven in all, beautifully restored and supplemented. Sure, start with Metropolis – but every one of these is a gem, challenging yet engaging, aesthetically striking yet emotionally audacious."
"Fritz Lang: The Silent Films is just a gorgeous, beautiful boxed set. Any serious cinephile will feel a rush of pleasure just holding it in their hands. It contains eleven films — many of them landmarks of cinema — by one of the screen’s great directors. Just listing them is fun, but rest assured the prints are gorgeous, the extras plentiful and this is an exemplary set by any standard. Among the films? Metropolis, Spies, Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler, The Spiders, Die Nibelungen and more. Sci-fi, serial cliffhangers, mysteries and more — Lang covered a range of genres with flair and fun. Worth every penny."
"This is the perfect present for anyone who cares about cinema's past. Or, for that matter, anyone who just wants to put on a perfect movie and enjoy the best of what the medium has to offer."
"Hard-media home video is making a comeback, and Kino Lorber shows its faith in the medium with an extravagant collection of its entire silent holdings of the Fritz Lang library. Mythical heroes, sacrificing heroines, criminal madmen and uncontrolled super-science are his themes; it’s a paranoid’s view of the first half of the 20th Century, expressed with fantastic innovations that literally re-write the rules of cinema."
"Fritz Lang: The Silent Films is an excellent set, presenting a collection of the director's classic silent works in, mostly, excellent shape, with lossless audio and a nice selection of extras. The movies themselves hold up remarkably well, shining examples of just how interesting, creative and adventurous silent cinema could be."
"[Kino Lorber's] latest Lang offering—a 12-disc Blu-ray box set, Fritz Lang: The Silent Films—is one of the essential releases of the year and thus far is the reigning champion in terms of Lang on Blu-ray."
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