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Nosferatu (Full Screen) [Import]
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on July 3, 2015
Nothing wrong to say about the movie. Good sound and images. But, when I received it, I knew it was a copy. Cheap case, the cover of the case is printed on some regular sheet of paper and the image on the DVD is also printed on a sticker.
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on December 4, 2014
Disappointed by this classic. Picture is horrible at times. The acting is terrible as well. And the music just doesn't fit. I think the big fuss about it is more sentimental than anything else. Either way if you want to see this movie this is apparently the best picture version of it (but not the soundtrack). Movies have come a long way since then
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on November 15, 2014
Besides the excellent transfer, this Kino version contains a nice documentary on Murnau and then traces the shooting locations, some of which still exist.
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on November 14, 2014
One star for the lousy job Kino did with this Blu-ray, not the movie itself which is a classic.The frames were messed up in the conversion to 1080P. The picture exhibits a jittery-ness that it shouldn't and it's very distracting and annoying. If you're B region friendly then get the UK disc from Masters of Cinema. It looks great! Otherwise stay away from this one.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon January 20, 2014
I still find this one of the creepiest Vampire movies ever. I had what I thought was a pretty good copy on DVD. I was wrong. For a film approaching it's 100th anniversary it looks stunning. The full 90 minute film has never looked so good. It has a beautiful 5.1 music score to accompany the film (also plays back in stereo). Uses colour too enhance the film. This is NOT colorized it uses colour to tint the whole frame. So it gives you a feel of being day or night, indoor or outdoor. I did not know if I would like this but I do think it works very well without destroying the black and white experience.
At around $30 it is a little pricey but this was done by Kino. They are a studio that has put out some great classic films as well as excellent documentaries (Levon Helm, I Ain't In It For My Health). I usually hold off if a title seems pricey but Kino seems to throw the money at their next project. I really look forward to their next release!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 28, 2013
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

This is a Chronicle of the great Death in Wishborg 1838

The original story is as old as the Carpathian Mountains. A real estate agent Knock (Alexander Granach) gets a mysterious request from a far-off land; Count Graf Orlok (Max Schreck) is in need of a new abode. He sends his best man Hutter (Gustav v. Wangenheim) to seal the deal. The mysterious being, Nosferatu, has nefarious purposes that will seal more than the deal and in the process is attracted to a tasty Mrs. Hutter (Greta Schroeder).

This is the 1922 F.W. Murnau's silent German classic adaption of Brahm Stoker's Dracula. The movie follows the book little closer than today's movies do. There were a few necessary changes. I believe that was the nature of movies around 1922. Max Schreck did an excellent job of playing the deviant snacker.

Although no variations can come close to this original film, many people think of Werner Herzog's 1978 film "Nosferatu the Vampyre" as a good variation, This also being my personal favorite as I am a fan of Klaus Kinski. I suggest that you look at some of the others and see what you think and who you consider the real Dracula.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 27, 2013
Ordered by the court to be destroyed (Murnau was sued by Stoker's widow for the similarities with Dracula), luckily Nosferatu survived to this day.

The remastering of this important film is beyond anything I could have hoped for. Sure it isn't perfection, but the image is stunningly beautiful and striking, complimented by the addition of a newly orchestrated composition of the original score. This is the best Nosferatu has ever looked so far and any vampire fan or film fan should give it a look to at least understand where much of the genre comes from.

In terms of special features, we are greeted by a 52 minute documentary on director FW Murnau recounting his life, successes and failures at fast pace, taking the time to delve into the production of Nosferatu. Many excerpts from Murnau's films, a trailer and a photo gallery complete the set of more than satisfying special features.

I never thought I'd ever get the chance to have such a good look at Schreck's portrayal of Nosferatu and this edition is definitely worth investing into.
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on September 8, 2012
I've been interested in this movie since the 80s and 90s when I would see it in clips on tv or in music videos etc. then managed to grab a VHS copy sometime ago which I still have, but which is not near the video and audio quality of this DVD. I picked up the 'restored' version from KINO a few years back on DVD and thought it was pretty decent, but now just got this updated Ultimate Edition and can say it is by far the most complete and best looking version you can get, all with original music added back in and original intertitles etc. I love how KINO takes these old historic films like Nosferatu, Metropolis etc. and scoures the earth to find missing footage, info or original music and painstakingly treats it digitally frame-by-frame, cleans it up and pieces it all back together to present it as it was intended to be seen at its original premier, it's so interesting to me. You don't get that with movies today, everything is so cut-and-dry today. So yea, the picture is as clear as day and stable and the original music has been pieced back together and added back to the movie. But you have to consider the era of the film, it's not the most interesting or engaging film ever, the pace can be slow and can get boring, but it's worth it to see a historic film like this in near perfect form as it was intended to be seen, finally.
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on February 18, 2012
If you're looking to buy the original Nosferatu, then don't get this. I checked Nosferatu on the internet and what I found was the original. This isn't the original, because they took out a few scenes, renamed everyone to fit the Dracula story (in this version, Count Orlok is called Dracula, etc.). So I advise you not to buy this, if you're looking for the original.
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Given all the fuss about them in the last few years, you would think that vampires movies and TV had only just been invented. But they've always been fascinating to moviemakers -- and "Nosferatu" was the original vampire movie, even predating Bela Lugosi's "Dracula." It's haunting, creepy and sometimes bizarre.

It's a very loose adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic story, "Dracula" -- a young real estate agent named Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) is sent to the Carpathians to sell a mansion to a reclusive nobleman named Count Orlock (the sublimely creepy Max Schreck). Locals refuse to go near the castle, strange creatures roam nearby, and Orlock makes weird comments about "your precious blood!"

Yeah, you know the drill -- Orlock is obviously a vampire who has a craving for Hutter's hearty Germanic blood, and Hutter's troll boss knows what he is. Hutter soon realizes what Orlock is, but he's too late to stop the vampire from departing from his ancient castle and going to Hutter's own hometown. In true vampire tradition, he also leaves a trail of corpses behind him -- and there's only one way to stop him.

Given the current manias about stuff like "Twilight" and "True Blood," it's both refreshing and humbling to see that the best vampire movies are also some of the oldest. "Nosferatu" is only loosely based on Bram Stoker's novel (though closely enough that it was ordered destroyed by Stoker's widow), it's absolutely soaked in gothic atmosphere and creeping horror.

Oh sure, "Nosferatu" has the overacting and goofy makeup of the silent era, especially from any actors who are not Schreck. But F.W. Murnau sketched together some truly brilliant direction here -- he coats "Nosferatu" in creepy silhouettes and freaky moments of sorrow and terror (note the symbolism of the venus flytrap!).

As for the vampire himself, Max Schreck simply RULES this movie. The other actors are decent, but Schreck is simply sublime as the rat-toothed, clawed, ghoulish Orlock, and manages to give one of the most subtle performances in any silent film. He's literally the antithesis of the sparkly angsty teenyboppers of current vampire crazes.

"Nosferatu" is the original vampire movie, and remains one of the best almost ninety years after its release. Spooky, weird and yes, sometimes scary.
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