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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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Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Universum Film - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

All DVD captures courtesy of Pavel Borodin

1) Image Entertainment Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Kino International Region 0 - SECOND

3) Universum - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - THIRD

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

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

 

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Kino International
Region 0 - NTSC
Universum Film
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Masters of Cinema - Spine #92
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Kino
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:11:36 1:14:18 1:17:12.041 1:17:17.716 1:17:16.798
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

Disc Size: 22,467,517,916 bytes

Feature Size: 14,348,771,328 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 36,966,099,961 bytes

Feature Size: 25,157,514,816 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 29,271,515,073 bytes

Feature Size: 17,121,718,272 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.40 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Image

 

Bitrate:

Kino

Bitrate:

Universum Blu-ray

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Masters of Cinema  Blu-ray

Bitrate:

Kino  Blu-ray

Audio (Dolby Digital 2.0) - Music only

(Dolby Digital 2.0) - Music only

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1535 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1535 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit) LPCM Audio Undetermined 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Undetermined 3758 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3758 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio 'University of Music, Freiburg' 1609 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1609 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky 1745 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1745 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English Intertitles - no "subs" - DOES NOT SCROLL! English Intertitles - no "subs" - SCROLLS! None English, None English, None
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
Snapper Case

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
Keep Case

 

 

Release Information:
Studio: Universum Film

 

Disc Size: 22,467,517,916 bytes

Feature Size: 14,348,771,328 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Caligari: Wie Der Horror ins Kino Kam (50:42)
• Making of Der Digitalen Restaurierung (4:12)
• Vergleich: Resraurierung 1984 und 2014 (2:43)
• Arbeitsbeispiel Digitales Composite (1:40)

Blu-ray Release Date:
June 27th, 201
4
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
M
asters of Cinema

 

Disc Size: 36,966,099,961 bytes

Feature Size: 25,157,514,816 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary by David Kalat

• Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War (52:53)
• You Must Become Caligari  (15:38)
• On the Restoration (8:47)
• Re-Release Trailer(1:30)

A 44-page booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery

DVD of the feature

Blu-ray Release Date:
September 29th, 201
4
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 7

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

 

Disc Size: 29,271,515,073 bytes

Feature Size: 17,121,718,272 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.40 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema (Documentary, 52:52)
• Additional Music Score by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky,
• Image Gallery
• Restoration Demonstration 1 (1:17)

• Restoration Demonstration 2 (2:42)

• Trailer (1:07)

Also available from Kino

A 4-page booklet with essay by Kristen Thompson

Blu-ray Release Date:
November 18th, 201
4
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 11

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray - November 14': Okay - short story - same restoration, 1080P, but the Kino transfer is not as robust as the MoC (but slightly more than the Universum) - and the latter displays a richer image - albeit, marginally. The larger your system - the more you might notice - for those who project the MoC is the heads-up winner. I've compared 4 or 5 below for your to toggle better the larger captures.

Kino has a University of Music, Freiburg score and also offers a unique score by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky - both in DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel. I really like the DJ Spooky score - very 'fresh' and it really worked for me. Its a little techno and plenty of effects (tubular bell-like) and also moves to a drum-jazz innovation. Thumbs up! The Intertitles were resumed from the flashtitles iof the camera negative and a 16mm print from 1935 from the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. I will verify soon - but believe this is region 'A'-locked.

On the extras the same 52-minute German documentary Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema (titled on the MoC as - Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War) with English subtitles, There is an image gallery, two short restoration demonstration pieces, a trailer and a 4-page, liner notes, booklet with essay by Kristen Thompson.

I never tires of seeing this and I liked the fresh new score. Region 'A' aficionados will be pleased!   

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ADDITION: Masters of Cinema Blu-ray - September 14': Masters of Cinema don't disappoint with a more robust, dual-layered, 1080P transfer. It looks superb - as good as the static Universum captures but slightly smoother in-motion. It's the same restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung but rendered with a max'ed out bitrate and the results are overwhelmingly impressive. The colored tints, appears to me - anyway, to be a shade richer. Overall the visuals are outstanding.

Audio not only includes a linear PCM in lossless stereo but also a new DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a whopping 3758 kbps. It works amazingly well with the score, adding some subtle separations and an undeniable, imaginative, atmosphere. MoC add optional English subtitles to the original German Intertitle cards, and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

We get an excellent new commentary by author and historian David Kalat providing a solid background education in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Repeated from the Universum is the 52-minute long documentary on the cultural and historical context of the film entitled Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War - but with English subtitles (and not in PAL speed-up). There is also a a new, 15-minute, video essay by David Cairns ; You Must Become Caligari with the humorous opening screen that states "The following is a work of speculative criticism. All German proper names are probably mispronounced, badly". I found it enjoyable and educational. There is 9-minutes on the restoration and a nw re-release trailer. The Masters of Cinema package comes with a DVD and a 44-page booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery. Magnificent!

As expected, MoC give us the definitive digital release of this masterpiece with a substantially more robust transfer, an optional surround sound track, a new commentary and excellent video extras. Our very highest recommendation!

***

 

ADDITION: Universum Blu-ray - July 14': Being brief, I was very anxious to see the restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. It looks magnificent. The Universum Blu-ray is not English-friendly (not for feature nor any extras) but The Masters of Cinema group will be releasing this in September. Audio is also wonderful - supplements are all in German (no English subtitles) and deal with the restoration and a lengthy piece of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

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ON THE DVDs: 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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Report Card:

 

Image:

MoC Blu-ray

Sound:

MoC Blu-ray

Extras:

MoC Blu-ray

 

Box Covers

 

 

Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Kino International
Region 0 - NTSC
Universum Film
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Masters of Cinema - Spine #92
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Kino
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray

 




 

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