Press Release Criterion Press Release: Vampyr (Blu-ray)

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    With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s greatest nightmares.


    SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

    • High-definition digital transfer of the original German version of the film, from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Alternate version with English text
    • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
    • Carl Th. Dreyer, a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer’s career
    • Video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer’s influences in creating Vampyr
    • Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg
    • AND: A book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul’s original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 story “Carmilla,” a source for the film

      Cover by Michael Boland

      • Denmark
      • 1932
      • 73 minutes
      • Black and White
      • 1.19:1
      • German
      • Spine #437

        October 2, 2017



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