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posted 28 Oct 2013, 08:39 by Julian Whiting

Dr Mabuse the GamblerDOKTOR MABUSE – DER SPIELER (PG) GERMANY 1922 B/W SILENT FRITZ  LANG  2 DISC EDITION  DVD – £19.99   BLU-RAY – £20.99

One of the legendary epics of the silent cinema — and the first part of a trilogy that Fritz Lang developed up to the very end of his career — Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler.] is a masterpiece of conspiracy that, even as it precedes the mind-blowing Spione from the close of Lang’s silent cycle, constructs its own dark labyrinth from the base materials of human fear and paranoia.

Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays Dr. Mabuse, the criminal mastermind whose nefarious machinations provide the cover for — or describe the result of — the economic upheaval and social bacchanalia at the heart of Weimar-era Berlin. Initiated with the arch-villain’s diabolical manipulation of the stock-market, and passing through a series of dramatic events based around hypnotism, charlatanism, hallucinations, Chinese incantations, cold-blooded murder, opiate narcosis and cocaine anxiety, Lang’s film maintains an unrelenting power all the way to the final act… which culminates in the terrifying question: “WHERE IS MABUSE?!”

A bridge between Feuillade’s somnambulistic serial-films and modern media-narratives of elusive robber-barons, Lang’s two-part classic set the template for the director’s greatest works: social commentary as superpsychology, poised at the brink of combustion. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Lang’s early masterpiece in its fully-restored version on Blu-ray in 1080p for the first time ever.

In German with English subtitles

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


Testament of Dr MabuseTESTAMENT DES DR MABUSE  (12) GERMANY 1933   LANG, FRITZ  
DVD – £19.99   BLU-RAY – £20.99

With the etching onto glass of a single word – “MABUSE” – Berlin reawakens into a nightmare. Fritz Lang’s electrifying Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse [The Testament of Dr. Mabuse] is the astonishing second instalment in the German master’s legendary Mabuse series, a film that puts image and sound into an hypnotic arrangement unlike anything seen or heard in the cinema before – or since.

It’s been eleven years since the downfall of arch-criminal and master-of-disguise Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), now sequestered in an asylum under the watchful eye of one Professor Baum (Oskar Beregi). Mabuse exists in a state of “catatonic graphomania”, his only action the irrepressible scribbling of blueprints that would realise a seemingly theoretical “Empire of Crime”. But when a series of violent events courses through the city, police and populace alike start asking themselves with increasing panic: “Who is behind all this?!” The answer borders on the realm of the impossible…

Not only a follow-up to Lang’s earlier Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler.], but also, with the presence of Otto Wernicke’s Police Commissioner Lohmann, a semi-sequel to Lang’s immortal masterpiece M, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse is itself considered by many to be Lang’s greatest achievement – a work of terrible and practically supernatural power that seems to have prophesied the implications of the Nazi scourge. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse for the very first time on Blu-ray, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.

DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY + DVD) EDITION

• HD transfer of the film presented in its original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray

• Newly translated optional English subtitles

• Feature-length audio commentary by film scholar and Fritz Lang expert David Kalat

• 52-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Lotte H. Eisner, Fritz Arno Wagner, Michel Chion, and substantial excerpts of vintage interviews with Fritz Lang about the film

In German with English subtitles

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

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