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Shout Factory and Werner Herzog Film announce multi-film pact

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#1 of 27 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 20 2013 - 08:49 AM






Internationally Acclaimed Werner Herzog Film Classics Include






Los Angeles, Calif. and Vienna, Austria – August 20, 2013 – Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film GMBH announced an exclusive, multi-picture alliance to bring a coveted library of classic films by legendary writer/director/producer Werner Herzog, currently being re-mastered in high-definition for new edition releases in North America. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmaker Werner Herzog.


This multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory extensive rights to 16 highly sought-after Werner Herzog films and documentaries, including digital distribution, home video and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Award-winning and critically acclaimed features include FITZCARRALDOAGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GODNOSFERATU THE VAMPYRETHE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER,WOYZECKHEART OF GLASSCOBRA VERDESTROSZEKFATA MORGANALITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLYLESSONS OF DARKNESSBALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIERLAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS, as well as several other acclaimed titles.


“Werner Herzog is a filmmaking icon and a celebrated master storyteller. He holds an incredibly rich legacy in cinematic history worldwide. Many of his memorable classics have been long-out-of print in the North American home entertainment marketplace.  We are honored with this opportunity to bring these iconic films to movie collectors and legions of fans on digital entertainment platforms and at retail,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement.


"I am very proud to start this new collaboration with Shout! Factory and, given the outstanding reputation of Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, I am confident that our joint efforts to bring my films to the North American public again in brand new HD quality will be hugely satisfying and rewarding." Werner Herzog


Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of these cinema classics through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms.  As excitement builds for these new home entertainment releases, Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film will announce additional news later this year.


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#2 of 27 OFFLINE   Martin_Teller


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Posted August 20 2013 - 09:00 AM


#3 of 27 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted August 20 2013 - 09:19 AM

Whoa! I hope this includes MY BEST FIEND so I can get rid of my Anchor Bay Herzog/Kinski box set! 

#4 of 27 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted August 20 2013 - 09:44 AM

And both the English and German versions of NOSFERATU, please!

#5 of 27 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted August 20 2013 - 09:46 AM

Spectacular news!!

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Posted August 20 2013 - 10:58 AM

This is great news Aguirre is such a terrific movie  After conquering the Incas Pizzaro sends a group of his soldiers into the Amazon Jungle looking for the famed city of gold El Dorado.  Little did they know what they were getting into.  Being Europeans and around 1631 or so they had no idea what life was like in a Jungle let alone the Amazon where it rains almost everyday.


Some of these titles have been available for some time now on Blu-ray in Region B.  Nice to see we are getting a North American release.

#7 of 27 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted August 20 2013 - 02:38 PM

Nice! They posted that Nosferatu will be in 2014, but any other details are to be announced. Hope they include both versions as well. If Herzog controls the films, and it sounds like he does, then there is no real reason not to include both versions were applicable.

#8 of 27 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted August 20 2013 - 02:50 PM

Will definitely be picking up several of these when they get released.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932

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Posted August 20 2013 - 03:22 PM

It's about time he did release them on blu-ray re-mastered...great news!

#10 of 27 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted August 27 2013 - 05:25 AM

The only Shout! Factory releases I'm directly familiar with are classic TV, such as 'You Bet Your Life'. Any opinions here on their track record, as it relates to a big feature film project of this sort? Especially since most of the films are older, and likely to need some restoration. 


But, hey...this is great news, no less. I hadn't even bothered to dream about such releases, aside from the possibility of a couple via Criterion, across a stretch of who knows how many years.  

Edited by David Wilkins, August 27 2013 - 05:27 AM.

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Posted September 01 2013 - 06:15 AM

Great news...all in on Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, and Nosferatu the Vampyre the second they are available.  

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Posted September 03 2013 - 08:12 AM

Great news IF they're doing proper restorations and add old/news extras.


Anchor Bay included audio commentaries for e.g. Cobra Verde, Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo and Nosferatu (German version). PLEASE include those, Shout. Then there's of course "Burden of Dreams" documentary (for Fitzcarraldo) and  e.g. "My Best Fiend" (about Kinski). Most of those older releases also included both German and English audio, and Nosferatu had both German and English versions.


I have to be frank: If these are "bare bones" with mediocre transfers, I'll pass.

#13 of 27 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted September 03 2013 - 08:44 AM

I agree, and remain cautiously optimistic that Shout! will do it right, since Herzog seems to be involved...though I wonder to what extent. 

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Posted September 08 2013 - 07:44 AM

I think everything looks in place for this to happen in a very good way. Plus I've never grabbed the dvds for Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre: The Wrath of God thinking they would arrive on blu-ray at some point. Honestly I thought Criterion was a lock for these.

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Posted February 13 2014 - 06:30 AM

Not sure if this is posted, but mega 18 film BD/DVD box set is coming from BFI (in the UK):http://www.bfi.org.u...ced-summer-2014

#16 of 27 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted February 13 2014 - 06:42 AM

It was posted elsewhere as part of another discussion, but this is the proper place for it anyway.


I wonder if the BFI and Shout! Factory transfers will be the same. Ordinarily I'm not one to put emphasis on packaging, but I really like the idea of Aguirre and Nosferatu releasing separately in steel-book packaging. I hope they show up in the Shout! Factory offerings. I don't have a region-free player, and don't expect to go that route.

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Posted February 13 2014 - 07:15 AM

I haven't added Aguirre to my "little known Region B" thread as...I'm hopeful of a US release.Not exactly "little known".

#18 of 27 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted February 13 2014 - 08:27 AM

It will be released here as part of the deal with Shout! Factory, there simply isn't a release date yet. Nosferatu has a May 20th U.S. release date. I'm just hoping for steel-book issues of those two, as in the U.K., though it isn't terribly important.

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Posted February 13 2014 - 08:33 AM

It feels a bit odd if two companies are remastering these at the "same time". I would assume that these are from the same masters. But who knows for sure.I just hope that they will add those old AB audio commentaries. People can then throw away those old DVDs! ;)

#20 of 27 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted February 13 2014 - 08:40 AM

You'd think so. I know near nothing, but have heard that Shout! Factory uses what is supplied to them, and don't do in-house clean-up or restoration. Question is, who is supplying them with the material? 


The only date I've heard is for Nosferatu, and that comes from Amazon pre-order, not from a Shout! Factory press release that I'm familiar with. But if BFI will release all these titles at once, will Shout! Factory still dole them out one at a time, perhaps months apart, as they see fit? 

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