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The
Haunted Castle

[Schloß Vogelöd]
(1921)
 

F.W. Murnau directed this mysterious tale of murder starring Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Hartmann, Paul Bildt and Olga Tschechowa.

2009 Kino International DVD edition

The Haunted Castle (1921), color-tinted and color-toned black & white and black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K624, UPC 7-38329-06242-2.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
DVD release date: 17 March 2009.
Country of origin: USA

This restored edition from the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung has been mastered from a 35mm nitrate negative held by Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and a 35mm nitrate print held by Fundacao Cinemateca Brasileira and reconstructed in 2002.

The film is presented with a music score performed on piano by Neil Brand.

Highly recommended, as this is the best available home video edition of The Haunted Castle.

 
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2008 Grapevine Video DVD edition

The Haunted Castle [Schloß Vogelöd] (1921), color-tinted black & white and color-toned black & white, 73 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10344-5.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German and English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $11.95.
DVD release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 6 / overall: 6.

This edition has been mastered from a very-good color-tinted and color-toned 16mm reduction print of reasonable quality, with some lost highlight detail and soft in its image details. Viewing the edition is still a fairly good experience, with the full-frame, natural-speed video transfer openly framed.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on electric organ.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
2008 Alpha Video DVD edition

The Haunted Castle (1921), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated,
with Wolfblood (1925), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Alpha Video, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German and English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
DVD release date: 26 August 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film may be accompanied by a modern music score.

 
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Other F.W. MURNAU films available on home video.

Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

F.W. Murnau filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
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