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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Tenderness of the Wolves" )

 

directed by Ulli Lommel
West Germany 1973

 

Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called years of crisis between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang's M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.

Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn't an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin...

Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.

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Theatrical Release: 29 June 1973 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:21:54 1:22:11.509
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1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,949,689,737 bytes

Feature: 24,200,252,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio German Dolby Mono

LPCM Audio German 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary::

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (non-removable) English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary by Ulli Lommel
Theatrical Trailer (3:30)
Talent Bios
Liner Notes by Stephen Thrower

DVD Release Date: August 24th, 1999
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Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow
 

1.78:1 1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,949,689,737 bytes

Feature: 24,200,252,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber
Introduction by Lommel (:25)
The Tender Wolf, a newly-filmed interview with Lommel (25:05)
Photographing Fritz, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges (24:24)
Haarmann's Victim Talks, a newly-filmed interview with actor Rainer Will (16:07)
An appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco (41:14)
Stills gallery (0:27)
Theatrical trailer (3:05)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns, editor of the first English-language book on Rainer Werner Fassbinder

DVD included!

Blu-ray Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
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Chapters: 13

 

 

 

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ADDITION: Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray November 15': This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond to the best of our knowledge.

 

NOTE: As Michael Brooke informs us on Facebook in regards to Day of Anger: 'As the producer of Arrow's release, I can confirm first hand that the UK and US discs are absolutely identical: we only paid for one master, so there's no doubt about this at all! Which means that no matter which package you buy, the discs will play in any Region A or B setup (or Region 1 or 2 for DVD - and in the latter case the video standard is NTSC, to maximise compatibility). The booklets are also identical, but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.' We presume this set to be the same situation.

 

The Arrow 1080P transfer dramatically advances over the non-anamorphic SD from 1999. The UK BD is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The visuals are tight with a pleasing sheen of, even, grain. It is rendered with a max'ed out bitrate. I can't speak to the colors but skin tones are far more realistic and this looks to me like a perfect representation cited as "New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation": - consistent, clean showcasing depth and detail. It looks excellent in-motion.

 

Arrow use a linear PCM 2.0 channel in the original German at 2304 kbps (24-bit). It sounds excellent although dialogue does seem to have sync lags (not direct sound - as mentioned in the commentary). Effects are minimal but the subtle score by Peer Raben (Fassbinder's Despair, Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Marriage of Maria Braun, In a Year with 13 Moons) accentuates the mood and sounds strong in uncompressed. There are optional English subtitles (on the Anchor Bay DVD the yellow subtitles cannot be removed) on the region 'A' + 'B' Blu-ray disc.

 

I never owned the Anchor Bay but I believe that this is a new audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber as Arrow is referenced early. It's informative and flows well. I enjoyed listening and appreciated when he speaks about Fritz Lang or is frank about Hitler and how he could have been stopped much earlier. The film itself offers a short introduction by Lommel. The Tender Wolf, is a newly-filmed 25-minute interview with Lommel who recollects Tenderness of the Wolves and its reception. The interview was conducted on July 2nd, 2015. Photographing Fritz, a a new 25-minute interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges who discusses his memories of working on Tenderness of Wolves, the problems faced on set and the love-hate relationship of Kurt Raab and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It was also conducted in July of 2015. Haarmann's Victim Talks, is another new interview - this time running 16-minutes with actor Rainer Will who recalls working with Kurt Rabb, Ulli Lommel and Fassbinder as a 17-year old. We also get an intelligent appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco running over 40-minutes. There is a stills gallery, theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil and an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns, editor of the first English-language book on Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It is dual-format and includes a DVD.

 

Another exceptional job by Arrow, bringing this unusually compelling crime expose to Blu-ray in a stacked package for both regions! Wow - horrifying, shocking and... polarizing. Highly recommended!

 -Gary + Gregory

 


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