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Die Nibelungen Blu-ray

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Deluxe Remastered Edition | Siegfried / Kriemhild's Revenge Kino Video | 1924 | 2 Movies | 280 min | Not rated | Nov 06, 2012

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Music: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
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Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Die Nibelungen

 (1924)

Die Nibelungen Blu-ray delivers great video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal Ufa Studios.

For more about Die Nibelungen and the Die Nibelungen Blu-ray release, see Die Nibelungen Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Gertrud Arnold, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller, Erwin Biswanger, Bernhard Goetzke
Director: Fritz Lang


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

 

Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
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Die Nibelungen Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Before either film begins, a disclaimer appears onscreen, detailing the restoration process:

"Despite its rich history and reputation, no complete, German version of Die Nibelungen exists today, neither in the form of original distribution prints nor camera negatives. This photochemical restoration is derived from incomplete camera negatives. Missing parts were supplemented with various dupe negatives and surviving distribution prints. The tinting follows the color scheme of the original prints and utilizes the authentic photochemical method: the creation of a black and white print, which is then colored in a dye bath. The German intertitles were digitally restored, taken from preserved prints and negatives. Reconstructed titles are indicated with the logo of the Murnau foundation. For the HD mastering, the picture was corrected in some places and severe film damage was digitally repaired."

Considering the fact that this new print was apparently cobbled together from several sources, the 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer of Die Nibelungen looks fairly consistent in clarity and tonality. There are a handful of shots that were obviously taken from lower quality materials—16mm dupes, probably—but these are rare and fleeting and mostly occur in the second part. On the whole, the picture is wonderfully preserved. Print damage is noticeable throughout—specks and vertical scratches and light staining—but never to the extent of becoming a distraction, particularly if you're used to watching silent films. It's clear that the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung put a lot of work into the digital restoration. (Although not quite as much work as they did with the Metropolis remaster.) Grain is still natural-looking, no obvious edge enhancement has been performed, and there are no apparent compression issues. The level of clarity fluctuates somewhat from scene to scene, but fine detail is usually visible, and if you've seen the film(s) before, you'll definitely appreciate the intricate costume/set design even more here. The originally specified orangish/bronzed tinting complements the storybook quality of the epic tale, and contrast is handled well too, although there are some fluctuations due to print age/damage. It's probably no exaggeration to say that this is the best Die Nibelungen has looked since it was appropriated by the Nazis in the 1930s.


Die Nibelungen Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

For a large-scale production, an equally large-scale score. Recorded by the HR-Sinfonieorchester and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, this recreation of the long-lost original film music by Metropolis composer Gottfried Huppertz might not have the hard Germanic sturm und drang of Wagner's Ring Cycle—which the Nazi's used when they rereleased Siegfried in the 1930s—but it's much more appropriately cinematic, with twinkling, magical-sounding motifs that recall future fantasy-epic accompaniment, like John Williams work on Star Wars. When called for, the music sounds huge here, spread throughout each channel of the default lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. A Linear PCM 2.0 stereo mix-down is also included, but if you've got a capable home theater setup, stick with the immersive multi- channel track. Note that removable white subtitles are provided for the German gothic-script intertitles.



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Kino Lorber's November 2012 Blu-ray Slate - August 17, 2012

Independent film distributor Kino Lorber has issued its Blu-ray slate for November 2012. Releases are arranged through Kino's branches Kino Classics and Redemption Films. The November titles include Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen, a collection of four films by Pete ...




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