I'm sorry that Criterion offered both the original film (104 min.), and the later '67 re-issue (approx. 80 min.)...simply because I can't decide which is better to represent what Christiansen was trying to accomplish. Inform? He does that quite well. Chill? NOT in the original presentation...although the original print is BEAUTIFULLY tinted, and is better-framed than the 1967 reissue, it's the MUSIC that tends to lull me to sleep...the only difference between the 2 versions (note the running times) is the absence of "narrative titles" in the 1967 reissue. The music of the '67 version has been criticized as being "too jazz, too eclectic," but to me, it only adds to the madness of what the director was trying to illustrate! The scene where two men steal a corpse into their village hut (for experiments) gives me chills in the '67 version...in the "Swedish Film Institute" version...it's only a few film segments edited together.
This DVD has a ton of Extras--Benjamin Christiansen's own introduction to the 1941 re-issue of the film, outtakes, stills, etc...this DVD is W-E-L-L worth the money. Problem is, to decide WHICH version to love.