Fritz Lang: The Silent Films
12-Blu-Ray Set Review and Giveaway (below)
I first became ‘acquainted’ with the silent films of Fritz Lang a few years back when I was lucky enough to see Metropolis on the Big Screen. I will never forget how intensely my heart was pounding throughout the film (I was literally on the edge of my seat) — and I just couldn’t stop talking about it to anyone who would listen. It left an indelible impression on me, and gave me a renewed and profound respect for the artistry of the classic Silents. So, imagine how happy I was when an unexpected package from Kino Lorber showed up at my door…Fritz Lang: The Silent Films… a 12-disc Blu-Ray set that contains all of Lang’s existing silent films, restored.
Now, I am certainly no expert in German Expressionism, or for that matter, in silent films, but I am a fan, and I know what I like. And I am thoroughly enjoying, and immersed in, this box set — these films are intense — riveting, heart-pounding, and thoroughly thought provoking, with lots of ‘aha’ and ‘oh no’ moments weaved in (what storytelling!). And – I almost have to laugh here – I became aware that, yes, once again I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat while watching (this time during Die Nibelungen, which I had never seen before). Wow.
Now in all honesty, I haven’t viewed all of the content in this set (yet), but it is certainly not from a lack of will. It is simply because, with over 30 hours of content, I just didn’t have enough time in a mere few days to do so, particularly because a number of these films are epic in scope. BUT, I really can’t wait to continue watching because these are exquisite and stinging films — with flawed characters and gripping themes — and they are visually beautiful with astonishing special effects.
This set is really quite beautiful in many respects, and I encourage you all to enter this contest, because this is a set of films worth owning!
That said, I want to thank my fine friends at Kino Lorber for sending me this incredible Set of films — and for also giving CMH a set to give away to one lucky winner!
And now for the giveaway contest…
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About the Blu-Ray Set:
Fritz Lang made films for more than five decades in the two greatest film industries, Weimar Germany and Hollywood. Lang’s films drew on Expressionism, gritty semi-documentary realism, and mythical fantasy. He successfully moved from silent to sound film, producing acknowledged masterpieces in both forms, but his silent films forged his unique vision. This box set brings together all of Lang’s existing silent films in restored versions (including original tints), offering a chance to experience the unity of his work as never before possible. After WWI, silent cinema became a powerful narrative form and Lang was one of its key architects. During this ear Lang had unparalleled control over his films, engaged in every aspect from scripting, to design, to shooting, and editing. He gathered about him a talented team of collaborators, but Lang remained the authority and, by some accounts, the tyrant.
The Set includes 12 Blu-Rays in a beautiful digipak (nicely done), plus a 32 page booklet, and outer library case. There’s 30+ hours of content in all, including the 11 films (25+ hours), plus special features (about 4.5-5 hours from what I could count).
Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), The Plague of Florence (1919, Lang did not direct, but wrote the screenplay which was based on Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death).
- audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
- restoration demonstration footage
- 2016 re-release trailer
- Dr. Mabuse the Gambler:
- The Story Behind Dr. Mabuse documentary (52 mins) exploring the musical score by Aljoscha Zimmermann, the career of novelist Norbert Jacques, and an analysis of the film
- Die Nibelungen:
- The Legacy of the Nibelungen documentary (68 mins) on the making and restoration of the film by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
- newsreel footage taken on the set
- Voyage to Metropolis documentary (50 mins) on the making and restoration of the film
- Interview with Paula Felix-Didier, curator of the Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires, where previously missing footage was discovered
- Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action (72 min.) a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening
- Original German theatrical trailer (5 min) courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna
- Woman in the Moon:
- Woman in the Moon: The First Scientific Science Fiction Film documentary (14 mins) on the making of the film
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub