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(aka 'Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See' or 'Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff')
1919 - 1920


In San Francisco, well-known sportsman Kay Hoog announces to a club that he has found a message in a bottle with a map drawn by a Harvard professor who has gone missing. The map tells of a lost Incan civilization that possesses an immense treasure. Hoog immediately plans an expedition to find it. But Lio Sha, the head of a criminal organization known as the Spiders, is determined to get the treasure for herself and plans a rival expedition.


Fritz Lang's Spiders is about the adventures of high-society adventurer Kay Hoog (Carl de Vogt, whose gaunt, expressionless face resembles a younger William S. Hart) and his arch nemesis, a secret criminal organization known as the Spiders. Part 1 (''The Golden Lake'') is a treasure hunt that takes both Kay and Spiders mastermind Lio Sha (Ressel Orla) to Peru, where they battle primitive Incas (who capture Lio for a human sacrifice) and each other for a fortune in hidden gold. Part 2 (''The Diamond Ship'') is a longer and far more intricate conspiracy involving a hidden criminal underground beneath the streets of Chinatown, a legendary lost jewel known as the Buddha Head Diamond, and an ambitious plot to rule all of Asia. Full of secret passages, coded messages, treasure maps, double-crosses, and death-defying escapes, Lang's pulpy action-fantasy borrows from the wacky serials of Louis Feuillaude (notably the deliriously entertaining Les Vampires). But behind the wild plots, gorgeous sets, and driving, breakneck-paced direction lies a dark undercurrent of death and doom that transforms his gallant hero into a brooding, vengeful spirit.


Theatrical Release: October 3rd, 1919 - Premiere (Germany)

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:54:00 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

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


Audio (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles  None (English translated intertitles)

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date:
February 28th, 2012
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Chapters: 16



Image Entertainment brought out a disc similar to this (with both parts of Lang's 'The Spiders') from 1999. I *think* that this is a new as it mentions the Murnau-Stiftung Transit Film restoration (where this source presumably came from.)

It looks very strong - typical Kino they have pre-translated the intertitle cards into English. The image is decent - a shade of brightness boosting, cleaner than I would have anticipated (light vertical scratches, frame specific damage etc.), tinting and surprising detail - considering the age. I'm surprised the bitrate is reached the level it has considering the 3-hour (both parts) film on the dual-layered SD disc.

No extras (aside from a stills gallery) but a new (Oct 2011) Dolby audio. This is solid 'Lang' adventure - all VERY cool! but my only question is 'Why not Blu-ray, Kino?' The restoration is good enough and I'll bet a nice super-grainy 1080P image would have been... magnificent!

Fritz Lang lovers should indulge. Classic stuff! 

Gary W. Tooze


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