Murnau (6-DVD Thinpak Box Set) (DVD)
Kino International is proud to release a new six-film, thinpak box set dedicated to the German films of legendary UFA director F. W. Murnau.
"Essential viewing for anyone wondering how movies told stories before there was sound: brilliantly!"
- Time Magazine, March 2009
- FAUST - Disc 1 of Restored Deluxe Edition (NEW)
- THE HAUNTED CASTLE (NEW)
- THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (NEW)
- THE LAST LAUGH - Disc 1 of Restored Deluxe Edition (previously released)
- NOSFERATU - Disc 1 of The Ultimate Edition (previously released)
- TARTUFFE - Restored Authorized Edition (previously released)
All six films included in the box set, The Haunted Castle (1921), Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), Tartuffe (1925), and Faust (1926) have been recently restored by the Murnau Foundation and Transit Films, Germany, and were mastered from 35mm archival materials.
Of these six films, three of them are new to DVD in the US: Faust, being presented in a restoration of the German release edit never seen in the US, as well as The Haunted Castle and The Finances of the Grand Duke, both being made available for the first time in the US.
Nosferatu, The Last Laugh and Faust are presented in the new Murnau box set on single discs, containing the latest 2007 and 2008 restorations, along with all the special features found in the double-disc sets. The deluxe versions of Nosferatu (Kino, 2007), The Last Laugh (Kino, 2008) and Faust (Kino, 2009) continue to be available as double-disc sets on DVD.
Born on December 28th, 1888, in Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe (F.W. Murnau) studied art history at the University of Heidelberg before dedicating himself to filmmaking. Greatly influenced by the work of Max Reinhardt's theatre company, Murnau inherited the expressionistic use of high-contrast lighting from Reinhardt's work. Also highly influenced by his art history background, Murnau's work has direct references to Rembrandt's paintings and other masterworks of European art.
Murnau's ability to create an uncanny combination between camera movement, choreographed action, and then-unseen lighting techniques, makes him one of the archetypes of the "artist filmmaker."
More than pushing cinema into new aesthetic grounds with his revolutionary use of multiple exposure and warped lenses, Murnau will always be remembered as a director who further developed the relationship between the moving image and its subject matter.
Faust (single DVD boxset version)
Gösta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth...in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific.more info
The Finances of the Grand Duke (Restored Authorized Edition)
In Murnau's playful espionage thriller reminiscent of Ernst Lubitsch (who had recently left Germany for Hollywood), Harry Liedtke stars as a benevolent dictator who must preserve the tiny nation of Abacco by fending off creditors, wooing a wealthy Russian princess, and evading a band of demonic conspirators. more info
The Haunted Castle (Restored Authorized Edition)
Before plumbing the depths of horror and despair with such films as Faust and The Last Laugh, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau tested the waters with this moody drama of a storm-bound manor and the grim mystery that lurks within.more info
Nosferatu: Ultimate Edition (single DVD boxset version)
F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU is triumphantly reborn in this breathtaking new restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation.more info
Tartuffe (thinpak cover)
A fable of religious hypocrisy, in which a faithful wife (Lil Dagover) tries to convince her husband (Werner Krauss) that their morally superior guest, Tartuffe (Emil Jannings), is in fact a lecherous hypocrite with a taste for the grape. more info
Faust (single DVD boxset version)
- Official Selection New York Film Festival
"A masterpiece of the German silent cinema, F. W. Murnau’s 1924 film has never looked as dazzling on American home video as it does in this new edition from Kino International." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
"F. W. Murnau’s 1924 drama “The Last Laugh” (a new restoration of which is featured in a two-disk set from Kino) may well be the apogee of silent-film production....The visual clarity of the new release reveals the extraordinary means by which Murnau united the emotional, political, psychological, and moral domains in his quasi-Biblical yet modern and naturalistic fable." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
A RATING -"Rightly praised by Alfred Hitchcock as 'almost the perfect film.'" - Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly
Nosferatu: Ultimate Edition (single DVD boxset version)
"AN AMAZINGLY VIBRANT RESTORATION" - Richard Brody THE NEW YORKER
THE VAMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Grade: A
A gloriously restored version of the 85-year-old masterwork Nosferatu chills to the bone
"Over the years I've watched a half-dozen versions of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu in theaters and on VHS, laserdisc, and DVD. Sad to say, they've looked uniformly crummy, even those touted as "restored." The available prints of Murnau's '20s horror masterpiece show their age with scratches, jerky cuts, and annoying flickering frames. But Kino's glorious new restoration eliminates all those distractions -Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½ a three-minute featurette explains how - allowing us to see this silent granddaddy of all vampire movies as if for the first time. Quite simply, it's miraculous. The clarity and stability of the image unleash the director's precise framing, painterly lighting, and adroit editing, which delicately links characters to one another as the vampire casts his hideous spells. The lack of visual clutter also enhances the performances, particularly Max Schreck's Orlok; always the creepiest of vampire turns, his clawed otherworldliness is now truly horrific. Bravo also for this edition's re-creation of composer Hans Erdmann's lush orchestral score. In addition to a version with German intertitles, the two-disc set includes a lengthy doc about Nosferatu's creation. It's fine, but what really counts is the splendid, long-overdue face-lift of a sagging classic." - Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly
"This is an excellent film, one of the all-time classics of silent cinema. This new restoration improves on the earlier release, which didn't look bad at all. With the new documentary about Murnau and the improved image, this disc is worth getting even if you have the earlier disc that Kino put out. Highly Recommended." - John Sinnott, DVD Talk
"This is very definitely the best release we've had thus far on this title. You have a 5.1 stereo surround recording of the original score created for this in 1922. The transfer is stunning. ThereÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½s a near hour long documentary about the making of the film and how the filmmakers dabbled in the occult...This is a fantastic set. It should be bought for the transfer on NOSFERATU....It's great!" - Harry Knowles, Aintitcool News
The cliche is true: you have literally never seen F. W. Murnau's pioneering vampire film until youÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½ve screened this crystalline new copy from Kino, one of several titles (including Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin") that this boutique distributor has recently licensed from the German film archives. The primary source is a first-generation print from 1922, crisp and clear enough to have been shot last week. Accompanied by a reconstruction of Hans ErdmannÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½s original score, this is not the scratchy, battered Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½NosferatuÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½ of public domain but a visual and sonic experience that justifies its subtitle, "A Symphony of Horror." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
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Tartuffe (thinpak cover) may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase a DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880.
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