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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Marc Fusion

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Posted September 05 2001 - 04:29 PM

Anyone else pick this one up? Image released this in a two disc set, with both parts included. The image is good for a 1922 era release, still looks rough at times though. A new stereo score is also provided, which sounds good and fits the material well enough. The only bonus is an audio commentary on both parts by David Kalat (of All Day Entertainment), but this guy knows his stuff, as he proved on All Day's Mabuse discs. The feature itself is awesome, one of the best silent films out there if you ask me, maybe even one of the best films, period. A must see for noir fans, with some heavy influences evident all the way into modern stuff. Feel free to discuss other Mabuse films or discs, or even Fritz Lang, if desired, so long as it's somehow related. Posted Image

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Jeff_HR

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Posted September 05 2001 - 05:11 PM

I'm a VERY big Lang fan. I could hardly believe it when I saw that this was to be released. I have not watched it yet, but will watch it soon. Would also love to see Die Nibelungen released.
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Richard Carnahan

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Posted September 06 2001 - 01:37 AM

When the discs arrived I planned to view about five minutes to check for quality. I wound up watching the whole first disc instead--about two hours.
Both the film and the transfer are excellent.

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted September 06 2001 - 02:37 AM

I would love to have these, but don't have the budget for it right now. Good to know that they are high quality for future reference.

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Posted September 06 2001 - 02:42 AM

Marc,

Thanks for alerting me to this. I am also a huge Lang fan and am unbelievably excited about the retrospective at the LA County Museum of Art starting soon (they did his US films and are now about to start screening most of the great German ones).

Another vote for Die Nibelungen on disc, too. at the LACMA they're also showing the newly restored Metropolis as seen at the Berlin Film Fest. That has to get to DVD fairly soon, surely!

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Posted September 06 2001 - 09:36 AM

I'm actually listening to the commentary right now - it's a fantastic history lesson on the film, Lang, Jacques et al. What it lacks is an in-depth discussion of the visual aesthetics and techniques. Commentary #2 would have been perfect!

The film is of course what it is - a masterpiece. I certainly am waiting for the Nibelungen movies on DVD, as well as an official Spies...and Testament. Hopefully Image or someone else will follow-up with these soon.

Steven, can you give any details on the German restoration versions showing in LA. I'll be out there in a couple of weeks, and would love to catch any of them if it's possible. A website would be fantastic - I'll do a search in a second myself.

With the German restorations showing in the US, maybe we can get these version released on DVD - I understand that Metropolis is a revelation.

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Jeff_HR

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Posted April 17 2003 - 08:07 AM

Now that we have this film on DVD, what are the chances of getting the follow up film "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse"(1933) on DVD. Is this being worked on for a release in the future. I'm not really in the 1960's version.
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