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F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire classic – NOSFERATU – issued on dvd and Blu Ray

posted 2 Dec 2013, 08:14 by Julian Whiting

NosferatuNOSFERATU (PG) 1922 GERMANY B/W SILENT  MURNAU, FW     DVD -   £19.99 BLU-RAY – £19.99 

An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature “Murnau-style” that would change cinema history forever.

In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land… and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count’s campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that’s like a blackout.

BLU RAY VERSION  – Newly restored on 1080p Blu-ray at long last, Nosferatu. A Symphony of Horror. in its definitive restoration, complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

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