Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920) | The iconic German Expressionist silent masterpiece casts its mesmerising spell again in HD

Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920)

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss) presents the somnambulist Cesare (Conrad Veidt), who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

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One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, German director Robert Wiene’s 1920 German expressionist silent Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. With its nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake – horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it. But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever in a new definitive restoration; presented in a dual-format special edition in the UK from Eureka Entertainment as part of The Masters of Cinema Series.

THE UK DUAL FORMAT RELEASE
• New high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
• Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
• Video essay by film critic David Cairns
Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema (52min) Documentary on the film
• Re-release Trailer
• Commemorative booklet with new writing, reprints and rare archival imagery

Available from 29 September 2014

 

 

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on September 27, 2014, in Classic World Cinema, Cult classic, Horror, Must See, Must See, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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