March 25th, 2008



Kino's new Nosferatu: The Ultimate DVD Edition more than lives up to its name. It's absolutely a revelation. Having watched it, I'm convinced this disc offers a clearer, brighter, more vibrant picture than anyone has ever seen before for Nosferatu, including the original prints seen by the first 1922 audience.

It's a reconstructed print too, featuring lost scenes restored from various preserved work prints and original exports and reintegrated into the film. I was amazed at how many scenes there were that I'd never seen before, whole subplots with Ellen's friends and the mad real estate agent Knock that flesh out the story nicely. I think there was a good 10 minutes of material that was completely new to me.

Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score is perfect too, here recorded in a lush 5.1 Stereo Surround by Berndt Heller leading the Saarbrücken (!) Radio Symphony Orchestra. Just outstanding.

Now all I need are equally amazing DVD editions of my two other favorite gothic films from the silent era, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Häxan, and I'll be a happy camper!