M (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

Starring: Peter Lorre Director: Fritz Lang
M (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: Audio commentary by german film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler
    • The long-lost english-language version of m, from a nitrate print preserved by the british film institute
    • Conversation with Fritz-lang, a 50-minute film by William Friendkin
    • Claude Chabrol's M Le Mandit, a short film inspired by William Friedkin
    • Claude Chabrol's M Le Mandit, a short film inspired by M, plus a video interview with Chabrol about Lang's filmmaking techniques
    • Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
    • Classroom audiotapes of M editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history, set to clips from the movie
    • Documentary on physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration
    • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photographs and production sketches
    • Plus: a booklet featuring as essay by film critic Stanley Kauffman, the script for a missing scene, three contemporaneous newspaper articles, and a 1963 interview with Lang
  • Special Edition
  • Audio:
    • German
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 08/03/1997
"...What a haunting film it is..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...M is a dazzling film that, seven decades on, remains as innovative as it is unsettling..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...The genius of M is that despite the movie's expanded sensorial universe, it's what you don't see or hear that makes this Berlin crime thriller so terrifying..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2003
"The film itself remains as potent as ever. What's really striking is the eerie pathos of Peter Lorre's performance."
Los Angeles Times - 04/09/2013
"Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is."

Plot Synopsis:

In Lang's chilling masterpiece about a serial child killer who terrorizes a German town, Lorre gives an unforgettable performance as the modern psychopath, Franz Becker, who attempts to attain the dignity of a tragic hero, despite his uncontrollable urge to kill. Often credited for starting both the serial killer and the police procedural film genres, M is also notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Disturbing | Essential Cinema | Murder | Recommended | Suspense | Thriller | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: May 11, 1931.
  • M was filmed in Berlin in 1931.
  • This was based on a true story about a killer in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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