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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Nailwraps, Oct 14, 2013.
I'm surprised there wasn't already a thread for the Kino release. The preorder's been up on Amazon since August.
Just ordered the Masters of Cinema U.K. version.
Details on Kino's Nosferatu Blu-ray!:
"Kino Video has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of F.W. Murnau's classic horror film Nosferatu. The two-disc Deluxe Edition, which has been newly mastered in HD from the archival 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, will be available for purchase online and in stores across the United States on November 12th.
Disc One features the film with English intertitles, while disc two features the German intertitles with optional English subtitles. The film is accompanied by Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score, in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 or 2.0 Stereo.
Also included is The Language of Shadows (2007), a 52-minute documentary on the making of Nosferatu; an image gallery; and lengthy excerpts from other films by Murnau including Journey Into the Night (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931).
A cornerstone of the horror film, F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is resurrected in an HD edition mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score, this edition offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu remains to many viewers the most unsettling vampire film ever made, and its bald, spidery vampire, personified by the diabolical Max Schreck, continues to spawn imitations in the realm of contemporary cinema.
Special Features: •Newly mastered in HD from the archival 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
•Disc One: English intertitles
•Disc Two: German intertitles (and optional English subtitles)
•Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score, in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 or 2.0 Stereo
•The Language of Shadows (2007), a 52-minute documentary on the making of Nosferatu
•Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau:
◦Journey Into the Night (1920)
◦The Haunted Castle (1921)
◦The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
◦The Last Laugh (1924)
Why are two discs necessary for this? If the intertitles are the only difference, they should use seamless branching to put all of this on one disc. It's probably just a ploy to "justify" a higher price. With a PD silent,they should keep the price as low as possible. Just speculating. I'm not familiar w/ Kino; the only BD of theirs I own is Santa Claus CTM, which there were several fuckups with.
That's why I ordered the U.K. Masters of Cinema bd from Amazon.uk. It's less than $22 (more if you want the steelbook), one disc with more extras. It is region B locked though.
Brand new high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.
Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens.
The Language of Shadows, a 53-minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu.
New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson.
Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles.
More surprises to be revealed closer to release date!
PLUS: a 56-page booklet featuring writings and rare imagery.
Reviews of NOSFERATU on blu:
Rock!Shock!Pop! - Kino
DVD Beaver - Masters of Cinema:
The Kino Blu-Ray has now been added to this review as well.
Hmm the UK version does have slightly better contrast from those screen shots. Damn, I need a region free player.
Nice! I've had the UK SteelBook on pre-order since it first went up.
It's weird that the old Kino DVD had a sharper transfer than the MOC DVD, but this time the MOC definitely wins there...and also in the extras department.
You convinced me. I'm cancelling my Kino Nosferatu order from Barnes & Noble and getting my as a region/zone free player!
Welcome to the dark side! Now you'll be ordering blu-ray's from all over the world. Just picked up Tales From The Crypt (1972) from New Zealand.
Yeah I'm not sure what is holding me back. I already have 4 region free dvd players. It's time to step up.
Looks like I will be picking up the UK version--is there any difference between the regular and steelbook versions besides packaging? Different extras or anything?
Nope. Just the packaging. The cover art is even the same.
The SteelBook is a "Dual Format" which also includes a DVD of the film, while the regular version does not... so there is that other difference beyond the packaging.
See here: http://eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/catalogue/nosferatu-eine-symphonie-des-grauens/
Blu-Ray.com Review for the UK Masters of Cinema Release: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Nosferatu-Blu-ray/81165/#Review
Blu-Ray.com Review for the US Kino Release: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Nosferatu-Blu-ray/82331/#Review
Thanks, Kat. I'm one of those people who doesn't feel the need to have both (or more) formats so I'll stick with the regular release. Judging from the reviews zbinks, the UK features will be the way to go: I don't know that I really want "excerpts" from his other movies.