Kino Lorber Classic Horror Blu-Ray/DVD Facebook/Blog Book Giveaway Contest (October)

Celebrating Classic Horror All-Month Long with Kino Lorber!
DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway, Winner’s Choice of 5 Iconic Classics

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are:
Ronald O and Melissa G!

Okay, now it’s time for the Facebook/Blog version of our Kino Lorber Classic Horror Giveaway Contest! This time we’ll be giving away two Kino Classic Horror Classics via Facebook and this blog, courtesy of Kino LorberEach of our two winners will be able to choose their prize from the five titles listed below. And, remember, we’re also giving away EIGHT MORE DVDs/Blu-Rays via Twitter this month as well, so please feel free to enter that contest too…

In order to qualify to win this prize via this Facebook/Blog contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, October 28 at 10PM ESTWe will pick our two winners via a random drawing and announce them on Facebook and here on this Blog the day after the contest ends (Sunday October 29).

If you’re also on Twitter, please feel free to visit us at  @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away EIGHT MORE Kino Classics there as well! PS: you don’t even need a twitter account to enter! (Click here for twitter contest details)

cabinet of dr caligari The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920 silent horror classic - Werner Krauss as Dr Caligari and Conrad Veidt as Cesare the somnambulist

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, October 28 at 1oPM EST —

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What is it about classic horror films that appeal to you most? 

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…

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Nosferatu 1922Max Schreck in Nosferatu, 1922 silent horror classic

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Winner’s choice of the five titles below, on either DVD or Blu-Ray:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. This authoritative edition of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 4K restoration scanned from the (mostly) preserved camera negative at the German Federal Film Archive.

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu – Deluxe Remastered Edition (1922):  A cornerstone of the horror film, F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR is resurrected in an HD edition mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann’s 1922 score, this edition offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, NOSFERATU remains to many viewers the most unsettling vampire film ever made, and its bald, spidery vampire, personified by the diabolical Max Schreck, continues to spawn imitations in the realm of contemporary cinema.

Phantom of the Opera (1925): A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has inspired countless remakes and imitations. But none of its successors can rival the mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery that haunts every frame of the Lon Chaney original. This edition presents the 1929 theatrical version, restored from archival 35mm elements by Film Preservation Associates. It is highlighted by the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence (in which the Phantom interrupts the revelry wearing the scarlet robes of the Red Death), as well as meticulously hand-colored sequences (replicating the Handschiegl Color Process). The film is presented at two different historically-accurate projection speeds, each with two different soundtrack options. Also included is the 1925 theatrical version, which survives only in poor-quality prints, but contains scenes that were removed from the 1929 release version.

The Complete Metropolis (1927): One of the most celebrated movies in cinema history…For the first time, Lang’s vision… which has influenced contemporary films like “Blade Runner” and “Star Wars,” seems complete. — The New York Times. Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score (presented here in 5.1 Stereo Surround), the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers—orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.

The Devil Bat (1940): After the Production Code forced the major studios to shy away from morbidity, violence, and the supernatural, Bela Lugosi (Dracula) found refuge in a place where horror was not only allowed, but enjoying a low-budget renaissance: the independent studios of Poverty Row. In THE DEVIL BAT, Lugosi stars as a scientist who commands a mutant bat to avenge himself upon his enemies (using a specially formulated after-shave lotion as the targeting device). Even as he takes diabolical pleasure in such a ludicrous premise, Lugosi invests the character with an underlying sense of tragedy, a visionary genius out of step with modern, corporate society.

The Devil Bat Bela Lugosi 1940The Devil Bat Bela Lugosi 1940

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You can visit Kino Lorber on their website, on Twitter at @KinoLorber or on Facebook.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win any of these titles, you can click on the images below to purchase on amazon :)

 

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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22 Responses to Kino Lorber Classic Horror Blu-Ray/DVD Facebook/Blog Book Giveaway Contest (October)

  1. Woody Woodrum says:

    I love the silent horrors, especially Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu, and Metropolis. In college in the 1970s, these films began showing up at times on television and then on VHS, and it was a whole new kind of horror for a monster kid who had grown up on the Universal monsters, the sci-fi horrors of the 1950s, and Hammer. Without sound, faces, gestures, and the music had to tell the tale and found I really enjoyed films like these. A perfect example is Lon Chaney at the end of Phantom, where he threatens the crowd ready to tear him limb-from-limb with a bomb in his hand. The action and facial expressions of his Phantom allow Chaney to sell his action to the crowd, and to us in the audience, on this final moment of horror!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I find the iconic silent horror films absolutely mesmerizing…the music, gestures and cinematography were very telling — really an artform like no other… Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck :)

  2. Vickie L Gleason says:

    I would like to win Phantom of the Opera (1925) as I have never seen this version and would like to see this original classic.

  3. Ronald Oliver says:

    What I like most about classic horror films, aside from the thrilling stories (visual stories for silent horror) as well as exciting characters/monsters..is the fact that early classic horror didn’t have or need objectionable/questionable scenes in them like a lot of them have today.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Indeed! And even without any graphic horror effects, they were still incredibly scary! Thanks for entering and Good Luck :)

  4. Melissa G. says:

    I enjoy the “classic horror” movies because the they had to rely on atmoshphere. The Phantom of the Opera has atmosphere in spades, as well as Lon Chaney’s iconic performance.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Yes, I so agree with you. They are creepy and sometimes heart-pounding, yet there was nothing graphic being shown. ‘Atmosphere’ is the perfect word. Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck :)

  5. The thing that I like most about classic horror fims is atmosphere and mood. The play of light and shadow works best in black and white, and the art direction in the silents of the German Expressionists through the 30’s Universal horrors is top notch.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Yes indeed, atmosphere… light and shadow… And I so agree, the Expressionist silents are top-notch, as are those Universal Horror films. Honestly, I’m a big scaredy cat, so I particularly appreciate that these films give me the chills/creeps without any graphic violence… they also truly mesmerize me because they are so much more than ‘just’ horror… Thanks for entering and Good Luck :)

  6. Christian Ramos says:

    What appeals to me most about classic horror films is the lack of jump scares. Too often these days that is all horror movies relay on and they just get so old. Classics build up the horror and present the shocking stuff right up front without creating a jump. Example: the shot of Nosferatu coming through the doorway or up the stairs with just his shadow: CREEPY!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Yes, I so agree… these classics can scare you without gimmicks… and so many of these old classics are really works of art… Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck :)

  7. Anthony Scalia says:

    I would like to win the 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” because as a child, the first movies I was introduced to were the Universal Monsters series. They have, to this day, remained my favorite films of all time and this film specifically is a testament to the makeup genius that is Lon Chaney. The pride and passion he put into his craft is still palpable to audiences today and I have been wanting this film in my collection for a while now. In the spirit of the greatest season and all things spooky, I hope to win this and screen it at my annual Halloween party!

  8. Joseph Pellegrino says:

    I think the thing that appeals to me most about classic horror films is the elegance and style the scares arrive at you with. While we’ve grown up to become desensitized movie goers, the art direction, stylized performances, costumes and direction of classic horror, things that make up the general atmosphere of a movie, were carefully realized and informed by the literature and theatre that preceded the movie medium and played with our senses and intelligence. They’re fun to watch even when they’re not campy, and the best ones break your heart when when they’re trying to scare.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Oh you are so right all the way around. These classics are artistic and classic in every sense of the word — and yes, the best of them do break your heart! Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck :)

  9. Jenny Haevischer says:

    Nosferatu. I love vampire movies.

  10. Sara Stewart says:

    The sheer magnitude of what it took to make one. No CG, all done by hand, makeup, expert cameramen. Especially the black and whites because it is so hard to get the perfect shot. It’s becoming a lost art, which is heartbreaking

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      So true… and definitely becoming a lost art. I really wish that more people would give the Silents a chance. They are such a beautiful art form. Thanks for entering and Good Luck :)

  11. Michael Glover says:

    To me, what I love about the classic horror movies visually is the atmosphere, the foggy nights and the awesome designs of the castles and everything in movies like Frankenstein and Dracula, and the black and white really helps sell the creepiness of that kind of atmosphere. Also I love that the classic horror films build the tension slowly and allow you to actually fear the bad guy as opposed to modern movies that just rely on heavy amounts of Gore and jump scares.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I so agree. I love the old horror movies because it set the atmosphere and scared you without the gore and typical scare tactics

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