Rykodisc version of "M"

Raj_Thiara

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Noticed a DVD for R1 for two Fritz Lang films (Spies and M) put out by Rykodisc. Anyone know anything about the AV quality of this production?
 

Jeff Adkins

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It's lousy. The Criterion disc isn't much better. There is a new restored version that was released in Germany which blows away the Criterion. Unfortunately, there are no English subtitles, but I hear a new version is being worked on (possibly by Criterion?) for R1. You can check out shots of the different versions on dvdbeaver.com.

Jeff
 

Brian PB

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There is an extensive discussion of the new transfer of M at dvdscan (also known as The Laser Examiner). It is currently available only as a Region 2 PAL disc from the German label UFA (and is expected on the UK's Eureka label later this year--also in the PAL format).

While I suspect we'll see this version in Region 1 eventually, it may be a while--Criterion has recently indicated that they don't plan to re-release M using the restored elements, at least in the near future.
 

Jon Robertson

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Here's the final paragraph from that review:

If you are dependent on subtitles to fully understand the film, you might want to wait a bit for the release of the 2-Disc Set Special Edition of M by Eureka in the U.K. in September 2003. It will feature a new digital transfer to be made a High Definition Datacine, and will also for the first time present a 50 minute interview with Lang, extensive documentaries, audio commentaries, and more. The Laser Examiner will supervise the project, including the transfer.
I think we can officially refer to the above as the Best News Of The Year. Period.
 

Jeff_HR

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Here's the final paragraph from that review:

quote:
If you are dependent on subtitles to fully understand the film, you might want to wait a bit for the release of the 2-Disc Set Special Edition of M by Eureka in the U.K. in September 2003. It will feature a new digital transfer to be made a High Definition Datacine, and will also for the first time present a 50 minute interview with Lang, extensive documentaries, audio commentaries, and more. The Laser Examiner will supervise the project, including the transfer.

I think we can officially refer to the above as the Best News Of The Year. Period.
I agree, wonderful news. I'll be buying the R2 Eureka disc as soon it is available.
 

Jeff_HR

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Is this version fully restored in terms of running time to that of its original cut?
 

Jon Robertson

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Yes, it's been totally restored and reconstructed (hence the supplement that compares the original version on the disc, and the post-WWII recut).
 

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