Nosferatu is the original Dracula movie - and still, after eighty years, the scariest.
When Bram stoker's widow refused to grant Murnau the rights to Dracula, Murnau and his screenwriter Henrik Galeen simply changed the characters' names and went ahead with the film, creating one of the greatest horror movies, not just of the silent screen, but of all time.
Munrau's visionary direction and the chilling performance of Max Schreck in the title role make Nosferatu nothing less than a masterpiece.
The print has been restored by the Munchner Film museum and the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, and replicates the tints and tones revealed in the nitrate original. Presented by Photoplay Productions, this version also features a new music score by James Bernard, who scored many of the classic Hammer horror movies - including the 1958 Dracula.
This DVD includes an film essay by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, on-screen biographies of Murnau and Bernard, and downloadable ROM content of notes by Enno Patalas on the restoration of the film.
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Almost 90 years ago, German director F.W. Murnau created the first vampire movie and fathered the horror genre in general. Although the movie looks tame to modern horror fans, those who take an interest in the genre's history should watch it. This version only comes second to the one by Eureka, which is the most recent and, at the time being, the most complete version restored to date. If you can spare the extra monay, go for the Eureka version instead.
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