NIBELUNGEN, DIE (1924-1925) - Blu-Ray
One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's DIE NIBELUNGEN is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal Ufa Studios.
Scripted by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou (who later collaborated on Metropolis), and originally released as two separate features, the saga begins by constructing an enchanted kingdom populated by dragons, magical trolls, and heroic figures defined by rigid codes of honor. In the long-underrated second half, the death of Siegfried causes fantasy to devolve into nightmare, as his beloved Kriemhild enacts a vengeance that contaminates everyone in its path - a vengeance as ferocious and uncompromising as anything the cinema has ever depicted.
This edition is mastered in HD from the extensive 35mm restoration conducted by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, completed in 2012.
SPECIAL FEATURES - New restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung - Original 1924 score by Gottfried Huppertz, presented in DTS-HD Master - Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo - "The Legacy of Die Nibelungen," a 68-minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film. Produced by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, in cooperation with Filmmuseum Potsdam. A film by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening. - Newsreel footage of Fritz Lang on the set of Die Nibelungen
Germany Color Tinted 1.33:1 SIEGFRIED: 1924 149 Min. KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE: 1925 131 Min. 1920 x 1080p (blu-ray) Directed by Fritz Lang Produced by Erich Pommer Screenplay by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou Photographed by Carl Hoffmann, Gunther Rittau, and Walter Ruttmann Art Direction by Otto Hunte and Karl Vollbrecht Original Music Gottfried Huppertz With Paul Richter, Margerete Schon, Theodor Loos, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Hanna Ralph, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Georg John
- Manufacturer: Kino