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21 June 2021

Masters of Cinema grafts the HANDS OF ORLAC (review)

When a world-famous concert pianst loses his hands in a train accident, a doctor transplants new hands for him, but he learns they come from an executed murderer who may not be done using them.  Conrad Veidt stars in this film from the director of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE HANDS OF ORLAC Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
  • German Intertitles with optional Engish Subtitles
  • Johannes Kalitzke score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by author Stephen Jones and author/critic Kim Newman
  • Full-length F.W. Murnau Foundation Restoration (112 minutes) 
  • "Extremities" video essay by filmmakers David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Version Comparisons
  • The first 2,000 copies come with a limited edition O-card slipcase and a 31-page collector's booklet featuring the essays "Robert Wiene: A Forgotten Film-maker?" by Philip Kemp and "Orlac and Beyond: The Body Horror of Maurice Renard" by Tim Lucas.

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