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Nosferatu the Vampyre (Blu-ray) PG

Nosferatu… he who is doomed to wander alone in darkness
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1979
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Note: German language version with English subtitles
    • English language version
    • Audio commentary with Werner Herzog
    • Vintage Making of Nosferatu
    • Theatrical trailers
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, German
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 58


User Ratings: 21,261
Rating: 5/5 -- Werner Herzog's venture to Transylvania seems as much inspired by German romantic art (Caspar David Friedrich, especially) as by Bram Stoker or Bela Lugosi. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Feb 21, 2014
...Pictorially striking....Klaus Kinski is a pleasure to watch as the vampire...
Jan 24, 1979
...A real film artist updates a classic....[Kinski's Nosferatu] gets under your skin... -- Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly
Feb 5, 1999
Rating: 5/5 -- Nosferatu the Vampyre comes across as the perfect conflation of everything that makes Werner Herzog Werner Herzog. Full Review
Little White Lies
Oct 31, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- It's a curious mix: at times deliriously hammy, at others melancholy, contemplative and oddly beautiful.
Times (UK)
Sep 22, 2015
Rating: 5/5 -- More an homage than a remake, Nosferatu the Vampyre keeps the spirit of the original while simultaneously feeling decidedly Herzog-esque in the best kind of way. Full Review
Father Son Holy Gore
May 5, 2019
Even the film's opening shots carry more meaning than just a creepy set-piece. Full Review
Jan 10, 2019

Product Description:

Approaching the legendary German classic 1922 film NOSFERATU: EIN SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS by F.W. Murnau with his own unique sensibilities, Werner Herzog establishes a link between himself and the classic days of German cinema and in the process crafts a lush adaptation as well as a classic in its own right. Stark, symbolic cinematography and intensely stylized performances create what Herzog refers to as a different plane of reality, injecting the age-old tale of Count Dracula with a modern sense of mysticism, desire, and wonder.

Frequent Herzog collaborator Klaus Kinski portrays the Dracula character with a silent intensity, tingeing the vampire's inhuman monstrosity with a deep sense of pathos and longing. Completing a stellar international cast are Bruno Ganz (a regular in the films of Wim Wenders) and French film star Isabelle Adjani, both giving subtle yet compelling performances as the formerly happy couple who fall prey to Dracula's lust for life and love. From the opening image of rows of openmouthed mummies and the repeated motif of a bat in slow-motion flight to beautiful scenic shots of European mountains and beaches, NOSFERATU is a visually stunning film, presenting visual tableaus taken directly from the original as well as those of Herzog's invention. The extreme stylization of the film recalls Herzog's similarly hypnotic and haunting film HEART OF GLASS--creating a wholly original film, that despite its differences maintains a strict and loving faithfulness to the original.

Plot Synopsis:

A lush adaptation of Murnau's silent 1922 classic is a classic in its own right. Stark photography and minimalist dialogue pay homage to the original while presenting the story of Count Dracula's obsession with a beautiful woman. Spurning the "Creature Feature"-approach of many directors before him, Herzog paints a sympathetic portrait of a damned soul whose sheer hideousness precludes any sort of personal contact.


Production Notes:

  • NOSFERATU was filmed in Delft, Holland, and in the mountains of Eastern Slovakia.
  • Eleven thousand rats were used in NOSFERATU. Director Werner Herzog and his crew not only had to dye every single one of them grey, but they also had to take extreme precautions to make sure none of them escaped into the town of Delft where they were filming.
  • The repeated footage of a bat in slow motion flight was shot at 500 frames per second and required so much light that the bats had to be trained for more than a year in order to withstand the brightness.
  • Herzog was forbidden to film in the real homeland and castle of the original Count Dracula, which is located in current day Romania, because the country's dictator refused permission for any film permits.
  • Werner Herzog's wife at the time, Martje Grohmann, plays Mina.
  • In 2000, Willem Dafoe portrayed Max Schreck in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE; Schreck played the count in F.W. Murnau's silent classic NOSFERATU.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 2,979
  • UPC: 826663149524
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