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(aka "Woman in the Moon" or "By Rocket to the Moon" or "Girl in the Moon" )

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Germany 1929

 

Frau im Mond is: (a) The first feature-length film to portray space-exploration in a serious manner, paying close attention to the science involved in launching a vessel from the surface of the earth to the valleys of the moon. (b) A tri-polar potboiler of a picture that manages to combine espionage tale, serial melodrama, and comic-book sci-fi into a storyline that is by turns delirious, hushed, and deranged. (c) A movie so rife with narrative contradiction and visual ingenuity that it could only be the work of one filmmaker: Fritz Lang.

In this, Lang’s final silent epic, the legendary filmmaker spins a tale involving a wicked cartel of spies who co-opt an experimental mission to the moon in the hope of plundering the satellite’s vast (and highly theoretical) stores of gold. When the crew, helmed by Willy Fritsch and Gerda Maurus (both of whom had previously starred in Lang’s Spione), finally reach their impossible destination, they find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth without walls — where emotions run scattershot, and the new goal becomes survival.

A modern Daedalus tale which uncannily foretold Germany’s wartime push into rocket-science, Frau im Mond is as much a warning-sign against human hubris as it is a hopeful depiction of mankind’s potential.

Excerpt from the Masters of Cinema website located HERE

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Associated Reading  (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Fritz Lang: Photographs and Documents. Vienna-Berlin-Paris-Hollywood
by Rolf Aurich, Wolfgang Jacobsen, Cornelius Schnauber
Fritz Lang's Metropolis : Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear
by Michael Minden (Editor), Holger Bachmann
The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity (Distributed for British Film Institute)
by Tom Gunning
German Expressionist Films (Pocket Essentials)
by Paul Cooke
The First Female Stars : Women of the Silent Era
by David W. Menefee
Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses
by Anthony Slide
 
Silent Stars Speak: Interviews With Twelve Cinema Pioneers
by Tony Villecco
Haunted Screen Expressionism in the German Cinema
by Lotte Eisner

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Comparison:

 

Kino - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL vs. Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Bram Blijleven for the Divisa Red DVD screen captures!

1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 

Box Covers

 

 

Distribution Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine # 41
Region 0 - PAL
Divisa Red
Region 2 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine# 91 - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:49:15  2:42:30 (4% PAL speedup) 2:42:00 (4% PAL speedup) 2:49:55.685
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.75 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,144,697,843 bytes

Feature: 46,351,678,848 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.42 Mbps

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

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Kino

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Eureka MoC

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Divisa Red

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Blu-ray

Audio Music (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  Music (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)

Piano score by Javier Pérez Azpeitia  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

LPCM Audio German 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Intertitles English (non-changeable) English, or none Original German, or Spanish translation English, or none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Gallery of Images (33 in click through fashion)

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Eureka

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Documentary (14:02)
• 36-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 200
8
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 2
4

Release Information:
Studio: Divisa Red

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Gallery of images
• text pages (In Spanish only)

DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Masters of Cinema

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,144,697,843 bytes

Feature: 46,351,678,848 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 32.42 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• The First Scientific Science-Fiction Film a German documentary about Frau im Mond. made by Gabriele Jacobi [14:39]

•  22-page booklet which includes a revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and a Frau im Mond casebook!

DVD

Blu-ray Release Date: August 25th, 2014
Transparent
Blu-ray Case  
Chapters: 24

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' Blu-ray - July 2014 - Using the same 2K restoration by F. W. Murnau-Stiftung, The Masters of Cinema have released Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon (Frau im Mond) on Blu-ray. Wow - does it ever look good. It's amazing to see how far we have come from the greenish, interlaced Kino SD 10-years ago. This new 1080P supports the film's grain looking rich with extensively layered contrast. When you raise the resolution you also bring up detail - including damage - or, in this case, vertical scratches. I certainly don't mind the, expected imperfections, as the overall image tightens. I do find it strange in the example below where we show the Kino 'combing' (it is an exact frame) how prevalent the vertical scratches are on the Blu-ray. Regardless, the almost 3-hour film flew by I was so impressed with the image quality. I only wish it was longer.

Audio (music) goes lossless with a linear PCM audio track at 2304 kbps and Javier Pérez de Azpeitia's 2005 piano-based accompaniment sounds wonderfully clean. The MoC uses the original German intertitles (carried out by L'immagine Ritrovata in Bologna) with translated, optional, English subtitles. The Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Supplements include the 15-minute German documentary by Gabriele Jacobi entitled The First Scientific Science-Fiction Film - specifically about Frau im Mond, and a liner notes booklet which includes a revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and 'a Frau im Mond casebook'! The Dual-Format package includes a DVD of the film with the same extras as the Blu-ray.

I was enthralled by the HD presentation and give this Blu-ray our highest recommendation!

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ADDITION: Eureka Masters of Cinema - January 08': The Eureka use the brand new film restoration by F. W. Murnau-Stiftung based on the camera negative from the Bundesarchiv-filmarchiv in Berlin... but beyond that they have competently, progressively, transferred it to a dual-layered PAL DVD. It improves over both releases in all areas - it is sharper, far better contrast/greyscale. The Kino is interlaced and the visible combing (see last captures) is annoying and irritating. The MoC uses the original German intertitles with newly-translated optional English subtitles. The Kino shows some chroma - the Divisa has boosted contrast. No contest visually. The Eureka also includes a 15 minute featurette: The First Scientific Science-Fiction Film – German made documentary (with English subtitles) about Frau im Mond made by Gabriele Jacobi. Plus we have another of MoC's wonderful liner notes booklets - 36-pages worth which includes a newly revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and on Fritz Lang’s body of work as a whole.

ON THE KINO vs. the DIVISA: To me the Divisa Red looks to have extensive brightness boosting. I think it does have a sharper picture, but one really needs the English translation of the intertitles (well,  I do anyway).

Gary Tooze

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This Divisa Red version has the original German intertitles and is a Transit Film restored print, like more of the German films released by Kino recently. The film runs 2hours 42 mins, so the Kino version may not be a PAL-NTSC conversion because the Kino disc seems to run a bit longer. Maybe the difference is caused by the title cards. The Spanish DVD lacks the usual intro title cards at the beginning of the film telling us about the restoration. There is a piano score by Javier Pérez Azpeitia which is quite nice. Extra's are some text cards in Spanish and a gallery of 38 photo's. Since I do not speak Spanish I have no idea what is on the cards...

 -Bram Blijleven

 


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(Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL

 

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

 


 

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Screen Captures

 

1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 



1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 


1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 


 

1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Divisa Red - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

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

 

See Chroma bug on the Kino!

BOTTOM: Example of intertitles translated to Spanish on the Divisa Red

 

 

 

1) Kino - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Masters of Cinema - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

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

 

NOTE: Very visible combing (interlacing) on the Kino

 

 

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Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 

Box Covers

 

 

Distribution Kino Video - Region 1 - NTSC Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine # 41
Region 0 - PAL
Divisa Red
Region 2 - PAL
Masters of Cinema - Spine# 91 - Region 'B' - Blu-ray





 

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