| NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3, 2014 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release, on its Kino Classics label, of the landmark German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in a stunning new 4k restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, scanned from the (mostly) preserved camera negative at the German Federal Film Archive. This haunting tale of madness and horror stars Conrad Veidt (Casablanca) as a sideshow somnambulist, Cesare, who is controlled by the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) to carry out a series of murders in the town by night. |
Kino Lorber has released this new 4k restoration of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligaritheatrically, opening on Halloween at New York's Film Forum with continuing dates at other theaters across the U.S.
Now, this stunning new transfer comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 18th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. This edition includes a score performed by the Studio For Film Music at the University of Music, Freiburg, as well as an additional music score by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). The disc comes with a booklet essay discussing the film's influence, written by film historian Kristin Thompson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bonus features also include a 52-minute documentary, Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema, which traces the production and legacy of this landmark film, as well as an image gallery of stills from the film, and a restoration demonstration that gives viewers a before-and-after comparison of the work that went in to making the film look better than ever before.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will also become available on VOD on iTunes and other fine digital services beginning November 14.
Since its release in 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has been consistently hailed as a masterwork of world cinema, and is certainly one of the most important and influential horror films ever made. It made a star out of Conrad Veidt, and is recognized as a key work in the German Expressionist style, with its groundbreaking art direction by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig creating a nightmarish and disturbing world on-screen that was quite unlike anything audiences had ever seen before.
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $24.95
In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. This authoritative edition of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 4K restoration scanned from the (mostly) preserved camera negative at the German Federal Film Archive.
Germany / 1920 / 77 minutes / Color Tinted / 1.33:1 /
German intertitles with optional English subtitles
Booklet essay by Kristin Thompson
Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema (documentary, 52 minutes), a film by Rüdiger Suchsland
Additional Music Score by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Directed by Robert Wiene
Photographed by Willy Hameister
Written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz
Art Direction: Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig
With Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Fehér
Restoration: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden