Next up is a German produced documentary on Murnau's early life, influences and films with particular attention to Nosferatu. Takes us to the surviving locations where the film was shot, amazing how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. It narrated in German and has various interviews with English subtitles. I found it a fascinating program.
There is a short restoration demonstration, again in German with subtitles, showing the various stages of digitisation, repair and colourisation used to bring the film to the glorious picture presented on this disc. One watch really.
Finally there is a 96 page booklet accompanying this set, unfortunately it was not supplied with the check discs so I can't comment on it, the following is direct from the publicity:
A 96-page book containing articles by David Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen); Thomas Elsaesser (author of Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary); Gilberto Perez (author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium); Enno Patalas (former director of the Münchner Stadtmuseum/Filmmuseum, where he was responsible for the restoration of many German classics, including Nosferatu); a newly translated archival piece on vampires by the film's producer Albin Grau; notes on the film's restoration; and archival imagery.
Without Nosferatu it is safe to say the horror genre as we know today might not exist; its influence can be traced through time to every horror film after it. Thanks to this 2007 F.W. Murnau-Stiftung restoration modern audiences can now appreciate the full scope of this horror masterpiece. It is one of my favourite films of all time, not only for itself, but also what it stands for. A landmark film deserving of its place in the hall of the giants.
As a DVD Eureka have produced an exciting package, the full version of the film with original inter-titles and score are enough to make the worth the recommendation; add to that the superlative picture and sound quality and a decent extras package this set becomes a must have. Any self respecting horror fan owes it to him or herself to seek out Nosferatu and see where it all began, horror at its most horrible.
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