Der Mude Tod Blu Ray review

DMT2A small dreamlike town. The graveyard and next door the walled enclave without a door. Death stalks the land looking for his next victim. A newly married couple wander on their honeymoon to this place. The tavern is a collection of drinks and decay. It also is the next stop for death. The husband is taken. The wife is shaken and wants to save him. Death tells her no, then yes but only after a test. Three men’s lives to save. Their lives are candles, burning down to the wick. Once exhausted they will die. However if she can save just one and send him out of this loop, then he will be saved. Death will release her love and swap it for the next soul…

DMT1Fritz Lang knew cinema.  Well he made great cinema. He knew how the film watcher saw and how they connected to the universal language. Here he once again excels his use of visuals and themes without mixing or contorting narrative. We have the idea of death, fear of the self, denial and the exotic orient. The use of visual motifs we see later in METROPOLIS, is powerful but so is his very skilled use of visual effects. Buttress that with the narrative that skillfully blends vast distances and vast ideas and you have  a delight. It will broadside you with its simple power and its captivating scope. This said, once again I warn the casual film fan that silent cinema is work. Real work in that you must obey it and not your phone.

DMT3So to the film itself and the 2K restoration looks great in most places. It is a very old film stock and that means that occasional flashes and fuzz is there. However MOC have made it watchable and lovely. The score is very loud and sometimes a little heavy. The commentary is SUPERB. Best thing on the disc….

  • High definition presentation from the superb 2K restoration
  • Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Score by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Frank Strobel
  • Feature length audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • A new video essay by David Cairns
  • PLUS: A 44 PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp and an original review of the film from 1921

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