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(aka "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" or "Nosferatu the Vampire" or "Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" or "Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror" or "Nosferatu: The First Vampire" or "Terror of Dracula" or "Die Zw÷lfte Stunde")

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directed by F.W. Murnau
Germany 1922

An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature “Murnau-style” that would change cinema history forever.

In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land… and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count’s campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that’s like a blackout…

Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara’s King of New York and The Addiction, and E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire), F. W. Murnau’s surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of “the horror film”.

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Theatrical Release: March 5th, 1922 - Germany

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Comparison:

Eureka - Masters of Cinema (2-disc) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Kino Video (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT

2) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Eureka - Masters of Cinema Spine #64

Region 0  - PAL

Kino
Region 0 -
NTSC

Masters of Cinema - Spine #70

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Kino

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:34:33 1:34:09 1:35:11.205 1:35:29.755
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.72  / 6.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,122,868,845 bytes

Feature: 31,192,747,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,641,476,351 bytes

Feature: 22,641,476,351 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Eureka

Bitrate:

Kino (disc 1)

Bitrate:

Kino (disc 2)

Bitrate: MoC

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Kino

Blu-ray

Audio

Hans Erdmann score in 5.1 stereo

Hans Erdmann score in 5.1 stereo and 2.0 LPCM Audio Undetermined 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Undetermined 3912 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3912 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2077 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2077 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 
Subtitles / Intertitles Original German with optional English subtitle translation. Translated Intertitles on Disc 1 and original German with optional English subtitle translation on disc 2. Original German with optional English subtitle translation. Original German with optional English subtitle translation.
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka MoC

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary track by silent film historian and bookseller R. Dixon Smith with freelance film critic Brad Stevens.
• The Language of Shadows — a 53-minute German documentary by Luciano Berriat˙a about Murnau and the making of Nosferatu complete with fascinating footage of the film’s locations today.
• Restoration demonstration
• 80-page book containing articles by Thomas Elsaesser (author of Weimar Cinema and After: Germany’s Historical Imaginary); Gilberto Perez (author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium); Enno Patalas (former director of the MŘnchner Stadtmuseum/Filmmuseum, where he was responsible for the restoration of many German classics, including Nosferatu); a newly translated archival piece on vampires by the film’s producer Albin Grau; notes on the film’s restoration; and archival imagery.

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2007

Double Thick Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Two versions of the film - with the original German intertitles as well as with newly-translated English intertitles.
• 52-minute documentary by Luciano Berriat˙a which provides a detailed account of the production and explores the filmmakers involvement in the occult.

• 'Nosferatu: Historic Film Meets Digital Restoration' - a 3-minute documentary

• Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau: Journey Into the Night (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931)

• Photo Gallery 

DVD Release Date: November 20th, 2007

Double Thick Keep Case
Chapters: 1
6

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka MoC

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,122,868,845 bytes

Feature: 31,192,747,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.83 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Stereo and 5.1 scores
• Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens
• The Language of Shadows, a 53-minute documentary on Murnau’s early years and the filming of Nosferatu (52:38)
• New video interview with BFI Film Classics: Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson (19:53)
• Exclusive video piece taped by and featuring filmmaker Abel Ferrara (12:19)
• Newly translated optional English subtitles with original German intertitles
• 56-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Gilberto Perez, Albin Grau, Enno Patalas, and Craig Keller; notes on the restoration; and rare archival imagery.

Blu-ray Release Date: November 18th, 2013
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 18

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,641,476,351 bytes

Feature: 22,641,476,351 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Two versions of the film - with the original German intertitles as well as with newly-translated English intertitles.
• The Language of Shadows - 52-minute documentary by Luciano Berriat˙a which provides a detailed account of the production and explores the filmmakers involvement in the occult. (52:46)

• Promotional Teaser (:59)

• Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau: Journey Into the Night (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931)

• 16 Photo Gallery 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 11th, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 10

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (November 2013): Okay Kino are kind of straddling here by giving 2 Blu-rays (both with essentially the same technical transfer) - one with the original German intertitles and one with translated English intertitles. This is the same route they went with their 2007 DVD package. The Kino transfer(s) are (essentially single-layered -although the first disc is dual-layered because of the supplements) significantly less robust than the Masters of Cinema - but both are from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. So they have the same damage marks etc. We'd have to give the image to the UK 1080P with the superior transfer. This might be notable in artifacts and support of grain. At best the Kino is equal to the MoC visuals but those with more discerning eyes, or systems, will see the MoC superiority.

 

Kino have Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score in 5.1 Surround (DTS-HD) or 2.0 Stereo (LPCM). It sounds great but, again are both technically less robust than the MoC, which focused entirely on one strong dual-layered disc and the original German intertitles.

 

Kino have no commentaries, but include the same The Language of Shadows documentary available on all other digital versions in this comparison. It also has the same excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau and same 16 image photo gallery. The only thing I see new is a 59 second Promotional Teaser.

 

Kino should have offered two different packages - one with German intertitles and one with translated-to-English. I doubt there are many films fans who would want both. We recommend the Masters of Cinema to those in region 'B' or with region freedom - for the superior video and audio, commentaries and liner notes. It's a slam dunk winner over the Kino, IMO.  

 

 

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ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (November 2013): Firstly, this comes in both a standard Blu-ray and 'steelbook' editions. It is a new 1080p high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. It is clearer, has more textures and, as with HD, shows the damage marks a shade more. I love these visuals - they are richer and have superior contrast supporting better detail. We seem to get a smidgeon more information in the frame. This is the best I have seen the film to date. I look forward to comparing to the upcoming Kino - Region 'A' Blu-ray for, what we hope is, a telling image comparison.

 

Audio is an option between 5.1 (DTS-HD) and 2.0 stereo (LPCM). I listened to the latter and it sounded fabulous and atmospheric.  Masters of Cinema maintain the original German intertitles. Most of the original intertitles and inserts are preserved in a saftey print from 1962 frrom Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv Berlin/Koblenz, originating from a print in 1922. Missing intertitles and inserts were redesigned on the basis of the original typography by trickWilk, Berlin. They are marked at the bottom with F.W.M.S. The lab work was carried out by L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bolgna. This Blu-ray is region 'B'-locked.

 

From their past DVD release Masters of Cinema add more - now we get two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second, found on the last DVD, by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens. Fans will love the new one as much as they did the 2007. The Language of Shadows (also found on the 2007 DVD) is a 53-minute documentary on Murnau’s early years and the filming of Nosferatu. We get a new, 20-minute, video interview with BFI Film Classics: Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson. There is the an exclusive, 12-minute, video piece taped by and featuring filmmaker Abel Ferrara - looking a bit rough. MoC add one of their impressive booklets - a 56-page one featuring writing by Gilberto Perez, Albin Grau, Enno Patalas, and Craig Keller; notes on the restoration; and rare archival imagery.

 

This is another strongly recommended Masters of Cinema Blu-ray release. Essential. Don't hesitate. 

 

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ON THE DVDS: I'll try to be as concise as possible here. Kino have two versions of the film on two separate discs (with original German intertitles or with English translated Intertitles - see samples below).

 

Here are the similarities:

1) Both use the 2007 restoration by the F. W. Murnau-Stiftung.

2) Both are interlaced although the MoC is far less noticeable (see combing samples in very last capture).

3) Both are in the full-frame 1.33 aspect ratio for most of the film (segments appear pillarboxed).

4) Both are 2 disc packages with double thick keep cases (MoC has overlapping disc holders - Kino separate compartments).

5) Both offer the original German intertitles and both offer the Hans Erdmann score in 5.1 stereo (NOTE: Kino's first disc offers the film with English translated intertitles).

6) Supplement-wise they both give The Language of Shadows — a 53-minute German documentary by Luciano Berriat˙a and both give the 3-minute short on the restoration process.

7) Both have the same running time - We suspect that the companies both made their masters from sources running at the original speed of 18 fps.

The differences:

1) The Eureka MoC disc is in the PAL standard (region 0). The Kino is in the NTSC standard (also region 0).

2) The MoC appears to have superior compression with far less artifacts than both Kino versions but the Kino tends to look sharper at times. I'm unsure why this is.

3) MoC's original German intertitle version is on a dual-layered disc sharing only with  commentary. Kino original German intertitles edition (second disc) is on a single-layered edition.

4) Supplements - MoC have added a very worthwhile commentary and a gorgeous 80-page liner notes booklet. Kino added excerpts from other Murnau films and a photo gallery.

5) Contrast and color tinting can be slightly different in the two releases.

6) The MoC shows more information in the frame.

 

I hope we have included enough comparison captures below to help you distinguish finer point differences. I can't understand why even the single-layered Kino (disc 2 - with original German intertitles) appears sharper than the MoC (honesty it was not overly significant though on my system). I still rate the PAL version higher as a package because of the commentary and the booklet. It's a fabulous DVD set folks. I suppose many will also be very happy with the Kino - it was smart of them to provide the original as an optional disc and it does look quite good even beyond the heavier artifacts. Price isn't too different right now with the slumping U.S. greenback. I'd like to endorse both - my heart is with the wonderful Masters of Cinema package with the extras worthy of a Criterion.

Gary Tooze



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Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray 1

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1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

NOTE: The SECOND Kino Intertitle actually dissolves into an English translated one (none of the others do).

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Kino Video (Disc 2 - German Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Kino Video (Disc 1 - translated Intertitles) - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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1) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Also available as a Limited Edition Dual-Format Steelbook:

 
Distribution

Eureka - Masters of Cinema Spine #64

Region 0  - PAL

Kino
Region 0 -
NTSC

Masters of Cinema - Spine #70

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Kino

Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

 

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