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(aka "Woman in the Moon" or "By Rocket to the Moon" or "Girl in the Moon" )

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Germany 1929

 

Frau im Mond is: (a) The first feature-length film to portray space-exploration in a serious manner, paying close attention to the science involved in launching a vessel from the surface of the earth to the valleys of the moon. (b) A tri-polar potboiler of a picture that manages to combine espionage tale, serial melodrama, and comic-book sci-fi into a storyline that is by turns delirious, hushed, and deranged. (c) A movie so rife with narrative contradiction and visual ingenuity that it could only be the work of one filmmaker: Fritz Lang.

In this, Lang’s final silent epic, the legendary filmmaker spins a tale involving a wicked cartel of spies who co-opt an experimental mission to the moon in the hope of plundering the satellite’s vast (and highly theoretical) stores of gold. When the crew, helmed by Willy Fritsch and Gerda Maurus (both of whom had previously starred in Lang’s Spione), finally reach their impossible destination, they find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth without walls — where emotions run scattershot, and the new goal becomes survival.

A modern Daedalus tale which uncannily foretold Germany’s wartime push into rocket-science, Frau im Mond is as much a warning-sign against human hubris as it is a hopeful depiction of mankind’s potential.

Excerpt from the Masters of Cinema website located HERE

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Associated Reading  (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

Fritz Lang: Photographs and Documents. Vienna-Berlin-Paris-Hollywood
by Rolf Aurich, Wolfgang Jacobsen, Cornelius Schnauber
Fritz Lang's Metropolis : Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear
by Michael Minden (Editor), Holger Bachmann
The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity (Distributed for British Film Institute)
by Tom Gunning
German Expressionist Films (Pocket Essentials)
by Paul Cooke
The First Female Stars : Women of the Silent Era
by David W. Menefee
Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses
by Anthony Slide
 
Silent Stars Speak: Interviews With Twelve Cinema Pioneers
by Tony Villecco
Haunted Screen Expressionism in the German Cinema
by Lotte Eisner

 

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DVD Comparison:

Kino - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL vs. Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Bram Blijleven for the Divisa Red captures!

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Eureka - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs. Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine # 41
Region 0 - PAL
Divisa Red
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:49:15  2:42:30 (4% PAL speedup) 2:42:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.75 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Kino

Bitrate:

 

Eureka MoC

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Divisa Red

Audio Music (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  Music (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)

Piano score by Javier Pérez Azpeitia  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

Intertitles English (non-changeable) English, or none Original German, or Spanish translation
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Gallery of Images (33 in click through fashion)

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Eureka

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Documentary (14:02)
• 36-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 200
8
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 2
4

Release Information:
Studio: Divisa Red

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Gallery of images
• text pages (In Spanish only)

DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Eureka Masters of Cinema - January 08': The Eureka use the brand new film restoration by F. W. Murnau-Stiftung... but beyond that they have competently, progressively, transferred it to a dual-layered PAL DVD. It improves over both releases in all areas - it is sharper, far better contrast/greyscale. The Kino is interlaced and the visible combing (see last captures) is annoying and irritating. The MoC uses the original German intertitles with newly-translated optional English subtitles. The Kino shows some chroma - the Divisa has boosted contrast. No contest visually. The Eureka also includes a 15 minute featurette: The First Scientific Science-Fiction Film – German made documentary (with English subtitles) about Frau im Mond made by Gabriele Jacobi. Plus we have another of MoC's wonderful liner notes booklets - 36-pages worth which includes a newly revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and on Fritz Lang’s body of work as a whole.

ON THE KINO vs. the DIVISA: To me the Divisa Red looks to have extensive brightness boosting. I think it does have a sharper picture, but one really needs the English translation of the intertitles (well,  I do anyway).

Gary Tooze

*****

This Divisa Red version has the original German intertitles and is a Transit Film restored print, like more of the German films released by Kino recently. The film runs 2hours 42 mins, so the Kino version may not be a PAL-NTSC conversion because the Kino disc seems to run a bit longer. Maybe the difference is caused by the title cards. The Spanish DVD lacks the usual intro title cards at the beginning of the film telling us about the restoration. There is a piano score by Javier Pérez Azpeitia which is quite nice. Extra's are some text cards in Spanish and a gallery of 38 photo's. Since I do not speak Spanish I have no idea what is on the cards...

 -Bram Blijleven

 



DVD Menus

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL

 

 


 

Screen Captures

 

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs.  Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)


 


(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs.  Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs.  Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs.  Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


 

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE vs.  Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

BOTTOM: Example of intertitles translated to Spanish on the Divisa Red

 

 

(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM)

 

NOTE: Very visible combing on the Kino

 


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Image:

MoC

Sound:

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Extras: MoC
Menu: MoC

 

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 1- NTSC Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine #41
Region 0 - PAL
Divisa Red
Region 2 - PAL





 

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