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Nosferatu

(DVD - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The first vampire movie. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats, where he is destroyed by sunlight.
Title: Nosferatu
[videorecording]
Publisher: [s.l.] : Film Preservation Associates ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment, c2000
Edition: Restored ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., b&w with col. tints ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Silent film with a choice of two musical settings: Dolby Digital 5.0 Score composed and performed by the Silent Orchestra -- Organ Score compiled and performed by Timothy Howard
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1922
Based on Dracula by Bram Stoker
"Mastered from 35mm archive material. Restored edition features exclusive audio essay by Lokke Heiss and supplementary materials including then-and-now photographs." -- from container
Summary: The first vampire movie. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats, where he is destroyed by sunlight.
Audience: Not rated
Branch Call Number: 7.914 N89
Statement of Responsibility: Prana Films
Playtime: 012100
Credits: Director, F.W. Murnau ; script, Henrik Galeen ; photographer, Fritz Arno Wagner ; art director, Albin Grau ; producer for video, David Shepard.
Performers: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach, Greta Schroeder.
System Details: DVD
Genre/Form: Horror films
Silent films
Vampire films
Publisher No: ID0277DSDVD Image Entertainment
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Jun 17, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the all time great silent films, masterfully shot and constructed. Schreck as the vampire elevates the role to something that is both beyond human and beyond evil, and infuses the movie with an overwhelming sense of dread.

Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The original vampyre movie, and possibly still the best. Due to it basically ripping off the best bits of Bram Stoker's novel, they tried covering things up with having the Baron killed by the sun shining on him at the end, and thus created a new piece of 'genre rule'. Oddly, however, it didn't work and Mr. Stoker's widow sued anyway.

Brilliant stuff, and worth seeking out the two-disc 'restored' version with the tinted film and 90% of the restored scenes (apparently there's still one scene that hasn't shown up anywhere, and all of the original German prints were destroyed at one point due to the content being deemed ill-suited to to someone's morals).

Oct 29, 2010
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Looking for a Halloween scare that will chill you to the bone without the squirm-worthy slasher-film blood-and-guts? You could do a lot worse than downloading the 1922 German film _Nosferatu_. Directed by FW Mernau, this first-ever vampire movie was based on Bram Stoker’s _Dracula_. This version features a musical score running throughout and English subtitles to the German script presented throughout the film. Yeah, you read that right: This film is so old it was released in the silent film era. Don’t let that deter you, though – many film buffs and several laypeople who simply love horror films consider this to be the definitive film interpretation of Stoker’s tale. With his sunken eyes, clawed fingernails, and vaguely rodentine features, Max Schrek’s performance as Count Orlock provides cinema with its most terrifying, least sexy vampire to date (the iconic shots of him rising full-length from the coffin and his silhouette creeping up the staircase are the only cinematic images to ever give me nightmares). In fact, the performance was so unbelievably creepy that the popular imagination at the time wanted to believe he, too, was undead. This idea was explored further in the film _Shadow of the Vampire_ featuring Willem Dafoe, John Malkovitch and others, and the two movies together make a great Halloween double feature.

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