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Discussion in 'Classic' started by The Joker, Mar 15, 2006.
Can anyone tell me what is considered the definitive R1 release?
Both the Image and the Kino releases are good. Kino with the better picture quality but Image has the better Extra's. Here is a good comparison.
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/nosferatu-1/Nosferatu Image vs Kino.html
There's way more head room on the Kino release, I know that much. I wish it had a real orchestral soundtrack than the midi synth one it has. Other than that, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Isn't the more head room just on that one scene? I only have the Image version but looking at those pics, It dosn't look like it's throughout the entire film.
Yeah, You're right. But to me, that one scene is more important than all the others combined. Overall there's more headroom on the Image disc, but you're not missing anything of importance. When Orlok rises from his coffin, it's a bit of a nuisance to watch his head go off screen once you've become accustomed to it not doing so on the Kino DVD.
My best friend has the Kino DVD. I've borrowed it once before, and loved the color scheme on that version. The color tinting is supposedly more accurate and balanced to what the original releases appeared as back in the 20's.
That Masterworks of German Horror box set from Kino is pretty sweet also, I might add.
Great movie, that's been treated pretty well on dvd.
The movie is however a classic, so, moving to that forum.
Damn, this reminds me, I still need to pick up that Kino DVD. Not too thrilled about the idea of a midi synth track, but from what I've seen the picture quality looks great.
Actually, I checked on DVD Af and that set was released by Elite. Kino put out the German Horror Classics boxed set with Waxworks, The Golem, Nosferatu, and the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. I'm going to have get that someday.
You're correct. I was browsing DDD for the title, and it looked like they have that one mixed up.
The Kino picture is great but BOTH soundtracks on it suck. Big Time. I'm hoping someone else comes along and does this one right, maybe using the Kino transfer and a more appropriate musical score. The first time I watched it, I kept switching back and forth between the scores hoping one would out-perform the other but was constantly let down. Very disappointing.
I was hoping this thread would provide me with a definitive answer on which disc to get. I was wrong. Do I go with Kino for the better picture or Image for the better sound? Or maybe someone knows of a multi-region disc that's even better?
It was technically a silent film, and all of the music scores are not from the original 20's release.
Now that I know that, which version has the BEST accompanying score?
Easy answer? Go buy Kino's METROPOLIS instead. The debate over which NOSFERATU score is "better" will probably make all our skulls crack wide open.
The German Film Institute release of METROPOLIS beats them all but I don't know how easy it is to get - got mine from Germany. Everything is in english subs (even the commentary!) and the picture is by far the best out there.
That's what Kino released. It's bloody brilliant!
Another thumbs up for the Kino disc of Metropolis. Really, when you're watching it you simply can't believe how old it is. Stunning.
The German R2 and the Eureka Masters of Cinema R2 both come with the original German intertitles, the Kino R1 uses new English intertitles.
For Nosferatu - if you can find the dvd with the James Bernard score on it, then go for it. That is the best Nosferatu score, IMHO.
The only DVD that has it is the Region 2 BFI edition. Although the score is amazing, the video quality isn't nearly as good as Kino's edition. There is an Amazon listing for the BFI dvd - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005UJAJ/qid=1143272587/sr=8-8/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i8_xgl/202-2587020-0542222 - but it appears that amazon isn't selling it anymore. There is currently a listing for this dvd on the amazon marketplace, but it is possible that it's an incorrect listing since there are a large amount of different dvd editions of Nosferatu.
Does anyone know of website still selling this version?