Cine Outsider header
front page    disc reviews      film reviews    articles    interviews  
previous
John Maybury's Love is the Devil on Blu-ray in November
With a co-star whose subsequent star status has seen him promoted to cover boy, John Maybury's examination of the relationship between Francis Bacon and George Dyer comes to UK Blu-ray in November from the BFI.
review archive
Older news stories have been archived by year and month, most recent first. They can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
  2017 2016
2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004
 
Ulli Lommel's Tenderness of the Wolves on Blu-ray & DVD in November

21 October 2015

Arrow Video has announced the release of an almost-forgotten German serial killer drama, based on the true story of Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover. Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, directed by Ulli Lommel (The Boogeyman) and featuring a remarkable central performance by Kurt Raab, Tenderness of the Wolves [Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe] will be released as a dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition in November.

Fritz Haarmann 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.

Restored by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, Tenderness of the Wolves is accompanied by a wealth of new special features, each recorded especially for this release. Ulli Lommel contributes a commentary, introduction and lengthy chat about the film’s making. Cinematographer Jürgen Jürges granted an extremely rare interview to fondly recall his superb work. And actor Rainer Will, who plays one of Haarmann’s young victims, remembers his time on set as a 17-year-old.

Also present is genre authority Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco, who provides an exhaustive account of Tenderness of the Wolves’ creation and reception. Rounding off the package are a stills gallery containing rare lobby cards, the German theatrical trailer (also presented in high definition) and a booklet containing new writing by Tony Rayns. The package will also contain a reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil.

Tenderness of the Wolves will be released on UK duial format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 2nd November 2015 by Arrow Video at the RRP of £17.99.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber

  • Introduction by Ulli Lommel

  • The Tender Wolf – a newly-filmed interview with Ulli Lommel

  • Photographing Fritz – a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges

  • Haarmann’s Victim Talks – a newly-filmed interview with actor Rainer Will

  • An appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco

  • Stills gallery

  • Theatrical trailer

  • 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