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Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)       Die Puppe (1919)      Die Austernprinzessin (1919)

Sumurun (1920)      Anna Boleyn (1920)       Die Bergkatze (1921)

Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin - Von der Schönhauser Allee nach Hollywood (2006)

A DVD collection of the early German silents that established the incredible Ernst Lubitsch’s reputation not only as master/creator of the hyper-risqué hundred-karat rom-com (the “Lubitsch Touch” film), but as an innovator of set design, an able director of extras, and a capable pacer of melodramatic arcs.

These traits — calling cards for Lubitsch’s eventual and triumphant Hollywood career (directing such immortal classics as Trouble in Paradise and To Be or Not to Be) — manifest themselves across six varied works, riotous in every sense: Ich möchte kein Mann sein [I Wouldn’t Like to Be a Man] (1918) — Die Puppe. [The Doll.] (1919) — Die Austernprinzessin. [The Oyster Princess.] (1919) — Sumurun (1920) — Anna Boleyn (1920) — and Die Bergkatze [The Mountain-Lion / The Wildcat] (1921).

All films are presented in officially licenced transfers from restored materials, include the original German intertitles (with new removable English subtitles), and are accompanied by recently recorded musical scores; Die Puppe. includes an exclusive new score that we’re especially pleased to present — composed, performed, and recorded by Bernard Wrigley. Robert Fischer’s 2006 feature-length documentary Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schönhauser Allee to Hollywood rounds out the package of six ThinPaks included in a hardbox, with each feature supplemented by a short essay penned variously by David Cairns, Anna Thorngate, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (x2 each).

There’s never been a better opportunity to rediscover or reconsider your appreciation of Lubitsch’s work — or to discover his awesome art for the very first time.

Taken from the Masters of Cinema website located HERE

 

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DVD Review: Eureka Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Eureka Video

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Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1 - documentary in 1.78

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by Anna Thorgate (Ich möchte kein Mann sein, Die Bergkatze)
• Linear notes by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Die Puppe, Die Austernprinzessin)
• Linear notes by David Cairns (Sumurun, Anna Boleyn)

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

 

Comments

Masters of Cinema presents the early silents by Ernst Lubitsch in an Eclipse-like set, with 5 of his films and an informative documentary about the man and his early years in Germany. Each films has linear notes written about them on the reverse side of each cover which use impressive stills from the specific film. The films were restored by Transit Film and released by Universum Film in Germany (however, without English subtitles) and by Kino in USA (suffering from unconverted PAL-NTSC transfers and German intertitles replaced with English).

The restoration is spectacular and Die Puppe is exclusive to Masters of Cinema with a new score composed by Bernard Wrigley. Die Puppe, Sumurun and Anna Boleyn are tinted and Die Bergkatze is presented windowboxed, possibly due to unique use of irises throughout the film. There is some combing evident, due to the silent film rate transfer. The package comes highly recommended and so far is the definitive option for viewing these films.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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Ich möchte kein Mann sein (aka "I Wouldn’t Like to Be a Man")
Ernst Lubitsch, 1918
One of the first collaborations between Lubitsch and the exuberant Ossi Oswalda, Ich möchte kein Mann sein [I Wouldn’t Like to Be a Man] is a concise sketch of society life in three acts. When Ossi’s uncle goes away on a business trip, a new guardian steps in to tame the distractable niece. But Ossi finds a way out of the house and into a grand ball… by way of a brazen cross-dressing scheme — and triggers what is perhaps Lubitsch’s most twisted finale.

Die Puppe
(aka "Doll")
Ernst Lubitsch, 1919
“Four amusing acts from a toy-chest” — so reads the opening title of the comic masterpiece Die Puppe. [The Doll.] adapted by Lubitsch and co-scenarist Hanns Kräly from a libretto by A. M. Wilner (based in turn on a tale from E. T. A. Hoffmann). Ossi Oswalda stars in a double-role as both the mischievous daughter, and automatonic creation, of a wildly coiffed “dollmaker”. When a wealthy baron decides the time has come for his prudish nephew to take a wife, an uproariously ribald plot unwinds into what is perhaps the world’s first-ever sex-doll comedy.

 

Theatrical Release: 5 December 1919 (Berlin)

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Eureka Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:04:14
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Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? 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

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by Anna Thorgate
• Linear notes by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

Chapters 10

 


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Ich möchte kein Mann sein (Captures 1-2) + Die Puppe (3-5)

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 


(aka "The Oyster Princess" or "My Lady Margarine")

 

directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany 1919

 

As Die Austernprinzessin. [The Oyster Princess.], Ossi Oswalda makes another turn as a plutocrat’s rambunctious daughter — now the heiress of a global oyster empire, devoting her wiles once again to the service of man-ipulation. A comic high-point in the master’s oeuvre, Die Austernprinzessin. showcases the trademarks of the “Lubitsch Touch” and its ten-fingered dexterity, resulting in a film that is simultaneously clever, concise, and risqué.

Theatrical Release: 26 June 1919 (Germany)

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Eureka Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:00:42
Video

1.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.81 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

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

Chapters 10

 



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(aka "One Arabian Night" )

 

directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany 1920

By turns melodramatic and grotesquely comic, Sumurun brings together performances by star-players Paul Wegener (Der Golem.), Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, and Ernst Lubitsch himself (in the role of an ultra-pathetic hunchbacked minstrel) for this ensemble tale pulled from the milieu of The Arabian Nights. Featuring hundreds of extras milling through open-air set-pieces and dusky harem-chambers alike, Sumurun demonstrates Lubitsch’s ability to transfigure rote romance into vibrant pageant.

Theatrical Release: September  1st,1920 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Eureka Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Eureka Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:43:40 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.82 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

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by David Cairns

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

Chapters 10

 


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(aka "Anne Boleyn" or "Deception")

 

directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany 1920

Emil Jannings plays King Henry VIII in the story of Anne Boleyn’s movement from the outskirts of the court, to the royal boudoir, and off to the chopping-block. Suffused with an atmosphere of entrapment that would not be out of place in later films by Fritz Lang, and prefiguring the stately contretemps in John Ford’s Mary of Scotland, Anna Boleyn proceeds with a deathward momentum unique in Lubitsch’s oeuvre.

Theatrical Release: 3 December 1920 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Eureka Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Eureka Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:58:32 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.83 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

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by David Cairns

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

Chapters 13

 


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(aka "The Wildcat" or "The Mountain-Lion")

 

directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Germany 1921

Set in one of Lubitsch’s hallmark mythical kingdoms, Die Bergkatze [The Mountain-Lion / The Wildcat] finds Lubitsch in exuberantly expressionistic mode, employing a host of optical masks to create perhaps the most visually audacious comic spectacle of his career. Pola Negri plays the daughter of a band of thieves; seduction of army commander (and audience) ensues. Lubitsch’s personal favourite work of all his German films, Die Bergkatze represents a peak in both Lubitsch’s silent oeuvre and the silent cinema as a whole.

Theatrical Release: 14 April 1921 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Eureka Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Eureka Video

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:22:21 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.36:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.81 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

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Pictureboxed - 1.36:1

Edition Details:
• Linear notes by Anna Thorgate


DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2010
Slimcase in a boxset

Chapters 8

 


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(aka "Von der Schönhauser Allee nach Hollywood" )

 

directed by Robert Fischer
Germany 2006

 

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Runtime 1:49:44 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.43 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio German/English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
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