This Blu-ray Disc boxset contains all of director Fritz Lang’s silent era films. It should be noted that most of the films in this boxset have previously been individually released in Blu-ray Disc editions from Kino Lorber, with the exceptions of the earliest of the films. Three of the early films, previously released on DVD in 2012, have been slightly improved visually. One film, The Plague of Florence for which Lang wrote the scenario, makes its home video debut.
2017 Blu-ray Disc edition
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (1919-1929), color-tinted black & white and black & white, 1628 minutes total, not rated,
including The Plague of Florence (1919), black & white, 102 minutes, not rated, Harakiri (1919), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 87 minutes, not rated, The Spiders (1919-1920), color-tinted black & white, 173 minutes, not rated, The Wandering Shadow (1920), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 67 minutes, not rated, Four Around the Woman (1921), color-toned black & white, 84 minutes, not rated, Destiny (1921), color-tinted and color-toned black & white and color-tinted black & white, 98 minutes, not rated, Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), black & white, 270 minutes, not rated, Die Nibelungen (1924), color-tinted black & white, 280 minutes total (149 minutes [Siegfried] and 131 minutes [Kriemhild’s Revenge]), not rated, Metropolis (1927), black & white, 147 minutes, not rated, Spies (1928), black & white, 150 minutes, not rated, and The Woman in the Moon (1929), black & white, 169 minutes, not rated.
Kino Lorber, K20997, UPC 7-38329-20997-1.
Twelve single-sided, dual-layered, Region A Blu-ray Discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive? scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German and English language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; hardbound album with slip-in die-cut cardboard pages in cardboard slipcase, $149.95.
Release date: 21 November 2017.
Country of origin: USA
Kino Lorber’s Blu-ray Disc boxset of Fritz Lang’s silent era films with three upgrades and one new release. All of the films have been recently restored in Europe utilizing the best 35mm footage available to the restoration artists. All are likely to be the best available home video editions of the films, and feature footage that has not previously been available in U.S. home video editions.
The films are accompanied by music scores composed and performed by Aljoscha Zimmermann, Ben Model, Cornelius Schwehr, Neil Brand, Javier Pérez de Azpeitia and Gottfried Huppertz.