Eureka! Entertainment have announced the release of the definitive 2014 restoration of the first true horror film, the 1920 silent masterpiece that is Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. The film will be released theatrically on 29th August 2014 and will open at the BFI Southbank and other selected cinemas nationwide, and will feature as part of Scalarama’s core programme throughout September (for details click here). This will be followed by a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of Eureka’s award-winning the Masters of Cinema Series on 29th September 2014.
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.
At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever.
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari will be released on UK dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 29th September 2014 by Eureka! Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £19.99.
Featuring a new high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration, the release will have the following extras:
Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
New video essay by film critic David Cairns
A 56-page booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery