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14 July 2011

Masters of Cinema: SCHLOSS VOGELÖD (review)

On August 23, 2011, Eureka Video will release F.W. Murnau's SCHLOSS VOGELÖD (THE HAUNTED CASTLE) on Region 2 PAL DVD as part of their "Masters of Cinema" series.  Restored from the original negative and a Brazilian nitrate print with the original German intertitles (and optional subtitles), the film has been long out of circulation.  A weekend hunting party at an isolated castle is the scene for drama and murder.  Pre-dating Murnau's masterpiece NOSFERATU, THE HAUNTED CASTLE shows both the influence of theatrical director Max Reinhardt as well as Murnau's own burgeoning cinematic explorations of nightmare worlds and visually representing the psychological.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

SCHLOSS VOGELÖD DVD specs:
  • Fullscreen 1.37:1 original aspect ratio transfer
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 music score
  • Original and restored German Intertitles
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "The Language of the Shadows" documentary on F. W. Murnau's early works
  • Illustrated Booklet

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