Der Golem UK R2 release 22 september 2003

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    http://www.r2-dvd.org/article.jsp?se...articleId=5711

    Eureka Video have announced a fully restored and digitally remastered version of "Der Golem", one of the most important contributions to German Expressionist cinema. Set for release 22 September priced at £19.99 the disk features the following extras:

    Documentary essay by film historian R Dixon Smith
    Photo Gallery
    Dual Language (English/German intertitles)
     
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    Anything known about a comparison with the R1 version?

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    Hi Cees

    http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/sho...w.php3?ID=3903

    Extra Extras:
    Gallery of photos and art
    Excerpts from Julien Duvivier's 1936 Le Golem
    Scene comparisons with Faust (1926) and Chayim Bloch's book The Golem

    Extras Review: The principal extra here is a series of excerpts from the 1936 French film on the same topic, where we see the Golem freeing prisoners and protecting someone from lions. The excerpts are in middling quality, with quite poor sound, but they're still intriguing to see. This Golem has a more naturalistic appearance than Wegener's, which features a characteristic helmet-like dome of hair, obviously intended to simulate the clay of the Golem.

    There's also a comparison between the sequence where Rabbi Loew summons the demon Astaroth for the life-giving word and the sequence where Faust summons Mephistopheles in F.W. Murnau's 1926 Faust. The similarities are intriguing, but not to the point of plagiarism. For a contrasting view, a brief demon-free excerpt from the 1925 novel The Golem by Chayim Bloch is also presented. Wrapping up the extras is a collection of about a dozen stills and bits of artwork to published works on the Golem. This seems surprisingly skimpy. Shots or even excerpts from Wegener's other Golem films certainly would have been welcome here, but none appear.

    There are trailers hidden as easter eggs on this disc for Frankenstein (1931), Metropolis (1926).
     
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    Oscar,

    Looks very interesting indeed!

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