Rykodisc version of "M"

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  1. Raj_Thiara

    Raj_Thiara Agent

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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?
     
  2. 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
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Jon Robertson

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    Here's the final paragraph from that review:

     
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  6. Jon Robertson

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    Full specs and details

    It's a R2 PAL release, I'm afraid, though this staggering release alone should convince one or two people to go multi-region.
     
  7. Jeff_HR

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    Is this version fully restored in terms of running time to that of its original cut?
     
  8. 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).
     
  9. Jeff_HR

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    Wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading some reviews.
     
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