Peter Lorre made film history with his startling performance as a psychotic murderer of children. Too elusive for the Berlin police, the killer is sought and marked by underworld criminals who are feeling the official fallout for his crimes. This riveting, 1931 German drama by Fritz Lang--an early talkie--unfolds against a breathtakingly expressionistic backdrop of shadows and clutter, an atmosphere of predestination that seems to be closing in on Lorre's terrified villain. M is an important piece of cinema's past along with a number of Lang's early German works, including Metropolis and Spies. (Lang eventually brought his influence directly to the American cinema in such films as Fury, They Clash by Night, and The Big Heat.) M shouldn't be missed. This original 111-minute version is a little different from what most people have seen in theaters. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fritz Lang's 1933 groundbreaking classic M, with its haunting visuals and tense pacing, is a deserving entry in the Criterion Collection. Criterion's new DVD transfer includes one notable flaw, however: a white line that periodically appears on the top of the screen, which was caused by the optical printer during the creation of the original film elements. Lang himself was well aware of this flaw. Because cropping out the line would have removed 25 percent of the picture, Criterion and the German restoration team decided to leave it in. Though the line is a little distracting at times, M can now be viewed as Lang intended. Criterion's digital transfer nicely presents this visually dark and expressionistic piece of film history in its original 111-minute length and full-screen format. And what a visual treat to behold! --Rob Bracco --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Saw this years ago at a repertoire theatre, was really impressed with the story, acting and photography, so much better
now since it's alteration by criterion
In my view, most reviews of this film have it all wrong. A crime thriller it most certainly is not. There is no thrill to be had in the discovery of the criminal since his identity... Read morePublished on May 5 2011 by David M. Goldberg
If he did it could have been Fritz Lang & his seminal talkie, M, made in 1931 & released in 1933. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by JOHN GODFREY
While watching this story unfold, I found myself on quite a rollercoaster ride of emotion. First, I hated Beckert (Peter Lorre's character) for luring innocent little girls to... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
"M", Fritz Lang's ingenious story of the hunt for a child molester, is a remarkable snapshot of civilized German society at the moment predating its collapse. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by anonymous
This review is for the Criterion Collection (1st edition) of the film.
This movie is Fritz Lang's first "talkie" and an excellent film about a serial child murderer. Read more
Criterion is taking this DVD out-of-print, and then releasing a new edition at the end of 2004, with a pristine transfer from newly restored film elements and a bunch of special... Read morePublished on March 21 2004
Maybe this shocked in its day, but it's terribly dated, with long dialogue scenes that could have been condensed way down. Read morePublished on March 16 2004
"M" is the story of a child killer in 1930s Germany. A group of police and mafia begin a race for the killer, and mob catches him first, all ending in a court room of sorts. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Vagabond77