One of my favorite DVD box sets. Although three of the films here (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, and Faust) have been re-released in newly restored 2-disc deluxe editions available from Kino International, I still love this set. The inclusion of Murnau's wonderful swan song, Tabu, makes all the difference. in addition, the packaging is rather attractive and well designed.
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Five films by F. W. Murnau, available in a box set. Titles also sold separately, except Tabu. Box Set only available in DVD format.
Nosferatu Director: F. W. Murnau Country: Germany Year: 1922 This new presentation of Murnau's classic is mastered from original German material recently made available to Kino and is the most complete version available. An expressionist retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula so faithful to the original tale of vampirism that Stoker's widow sued.
The Last Laugh Director: F. W. Murnau Country: Germany Year: 1924 An unqualified maserwork of the silent cinema, the Kino edition is fully restored and mastered from a 35mm archive negative, with an orchestral score by Timothy Brock recorded in digital stereo.
Faust Director: F. W. Murnau Country: Germany Year: 1926 The legend of Faust is a masterpiece of world literature that inspired literary giants from Goethe and Shakespeare to Thomas Mann. Murnau’s classic dramatization brings the legend to life that ranks alongside Fritz Lang’s Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema. Gosta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth...in exchange for his soul. The diabolical Mephisto is by turns charming, comical, and horrific.
Tartuffe Director: F. W. Murnau Country: Germany Year: 1926 A fable of religious hypocrisy, in which a faithful wife...