Nosferatu in color!?

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  1. StephenT

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    I watched Shadow of the Vampire tonight, and it made me want to see Nosferatu. I looked into the DVDs, and there have been two releases. The first is OOP, and the second is said to be in COLOR!! Huh? Did they actually colorize this movie? I have the OOP version in my cue at Netflix. I hope to get that one. I guess my question is did they really release a movie from 1922 colorized? That's disgusting.
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    I don't yet have it, but I believe it's correctly tinted. This was actually a common practice in the silent days. It's not the Ted Turner brand of colorization. With tinting, they'll, say, tint the entire frame blue for a night scene. IIRC, Buster Keaton used tinting to great effect in The General. By tinting it in sepia tones, the movie almost looks like a Matthew Brady photograph come to life.
    BTW, slightly off-topic, but an even older form of colorization had women employed in hand painting each frame of a movie. The effect was usually fairly terrible, but it did have the interesting effect of making each copy of the film unique.
     
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    Ah, if that's the way it's supposed to look then great. I thought Ted Turner when I read color in the description. I'll check out the newer one. Thanks!
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    The color version is the 1979 Werner Herzog remake with the late Klaus Kinski--a pretty good film in itself!
    BTW, Image released a new edition of the 1922 NOSFERATU earlier this year with extra features and improved picture quality.
     
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    There are, I think, also 2 other verions of the original Nosferatu on DVD. One with music by the band Type O Negative (!) and another with music by other industrial/goth type bands. I'd really like to hear the Type O Negative version, but being that I have yet to see the original version, and really want the new Image release, I'll have to pass for now.
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    even parts of The Great Train Robbery (1903) were tinted (in some prints).
     
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    Thanks, Greg. That's exactly what I wanted to know. I wasn't referring to the 1979 remake, but to the two versions of the 1922 film put out by Image. However, now I'll have to check out this remake too! [​IMG]
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