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Vampyr: The Criterion Collection DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 73 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Packaging: Custom Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: GERMAN: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Disc One: The Film
    - The original German version in a new high-definition digital transfer from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna
    - Newly created alternate version with English text
    - Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
    - New and improved English subtitle translation

    Disc Two: The Supplements
    - Carl Th. Dreyer (1966), a documentary by Jorgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career
    - Visual esay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr
    - Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
    - PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicholas de Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story "Carmilla", a source for the film
With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer's brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (as in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath) was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result-concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers at an inn outside Paris-is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creating a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema's great nightmares.
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