Early Murnau: Five Films, 1921-1925 on Blu-ray in August
16 June 2016
Eureka Entertainment to release Early Murnau: Five Films, 1921-1925, five masterpieces from one of the finest directors of the silent era, for the first time in the world on Blu-ray, together in one deluxe boxed set in August as part of the Masters of Cinema series.
In the sinister mystery Schloß Vogelöd, terrible secrets from the past threaten a group of aristocrats’ gathering at a country manor. In the delirious Phantom, an aspiring poet’s chance encounter with a beautiful woman leads into obsession and deception. The delightful Die Finanzen des Großherzogs sees a rakish-but-impoverished duke setting out to rebuild his fortune via blissfully comic high adventure on the Mediterranean coast. In Der Letzte Mann, one of the undisputed masterpieces of the silent era, Emil Jannings gives an overwhelming performance as a hotel porter with dreams of a higher station in life, and was a stylistic breakthrough for both Murnau and cinema in general. Finally, the slyly satiric Tartuffe features Jannings as Molière’s iconic creation in a morality tale film-within-a-film as only Murnau could conceive.
Early Murnau: Five Films, 1921-1925 comes to UK Blu-ray as a 3-disc set, featuring new high-definition transfers of all five films from the finest archival elements, all on Blu-ray for the first time, on 22nd August 2016 from Eureka Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £39.99.
Box set features:
New high-definition presentations of all five films, created by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Uncompressed PCM audio on all five scores
Original German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles on all films
The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute video piece by Luciano Berriatúa on the early works of Murnau
Audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat on The Grand Duke’s Finances
The Making of The Last Laugh, a 41-minute documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa
Tartuffe: The Lost Film, a 37-minute documentary by Berriatúa | A 100-page book featuring writing by Charles Jameux, Lotte H. Eisner, Janet Bergstrom, Tony Rayns, and archival imagery
Here's a clip from the magnificent Der Letzte Mann: