directed by Robert Weine
Germany 1920

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made. The story is a classic sampling of expressionist paranoia about a hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to do his murders, full of the gloom and fear that prevailed in Germany as it emerged from WWI. There are plenty of extremely boring sociological/critical accounts of the film; best to avoid them and enjoy the film's extraordinary use of painted light and Veidt's marvellous performance. Incidentally, the influence of Caligari on the cinema is much more problematic than some historians suppose. Thematically it has rarely been copied, and the style only really infiltrated in dream sequences and other odd devices.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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DVD Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Kino International
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:11:36 1:14:18
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.80
NTSC 704x480 24 f/s

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Bitrate:

Image

 

Bitrate:

Kino

Audio (Dolby Digital 2.0) - Music only

(Dolby Digital 2.0) - Music only

Subtitles English Intertitles - no "subs" - DOES NOT SCROLL! English Intertitles - no "subs" - SCROLLS!
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 1921

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: All Regions
Layers: Single

Edition Details:

Special Feature:
Musical scores by Timothy Brock
Audio Essay by Mike Budd
Photos, advertising and art
A 3-Minute excerpt from Robert Wiene's "Genuine: Tale of a Vampire" (1920)

 

DVD Release Date: August 14, 2002
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Release Information:
Studio: Kino International
Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 1921

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1


Edition Details:

Two musical scores: by Donald Sosin and by Rainer Viertblöck
A 43-Minute Condensation of Robert Wiene's "Genuine: Tale of a Vampire" (1920)
Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Robert Wiene on the set of "I.N.R.I." (1923)
Excerpt with original Germany intertitles
Gallery of more than 40 photos, posters and production sketches

 

DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Comments: The first part (about 5 minutes) of Kino version has looks pretty poor. But overall it is sharper, has better contrast and is less cropped. On the Image Entertainment version "some scenes" display a translucent line near the top of the frame. This is a defect carried over from original film copy." This line is not present on Kino version.

The extras on Kino version are also better with a condensation of Wiene's Genuine: the Tale of a Vampire, Behind the Scenes promo footage of Wiene directing I.N.R.I., two musical scores, gallery of photos and artwork, samples of original German intertitles.. It also has animated menus.

 - Gary W. Tooze


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Image:

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Extras: Kino
Menu: Kino (animated)
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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Kino International
Region 0 - NTSC

 




 

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