The British Film Institute has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray The Werner Herzog Collection. The release will be available for purchase on July 28th.
The Werner Herzog Collection will be launched with a free screening event at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane on the BFI's Werner Herzog Day, Friday 25 July. The BFI will screen The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1975, 45 mins), Werner Herzog's rarely-shown documentary about a champion ski-jumper featuring an outstanding Popol Vuh soundtrack. The film will be introduced by a BFI film expert and will be preceded by DJs playing the best of Popol Vuh and other Krautrock classics.
Containing 18 films by the visionary German filmmaking legend, the collection includes such classics of world cinema as Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, as well as a number of Herzog's acclaimed, but rarely seen short films.
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) | Last Words (1968) | Precautions Against Fanatics (1969) | Handicapped Future (1970) | Fata Morgana (1971) | Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) | Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) | The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) | The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1975) | Heart of Glass (1976) | How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976) | Stroszek (1977) | Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1979) | Woyzeck (1979) | Huie's Sermon (1980) | God's Angry Man (1980) | Fitzcarraldo (1982) | Cobre Verde (1987).
All films presented in High Definition
Alternative German and English versions of Nosteratu, the Vampyre
Full-length audio commentaries with Werner Herzog on selected titles
Alternative German and English language audio options on selected titles
Newly created subtitles for all films
Optional 5.1 German and English audio on selected titles
Nosferatu on-set documentary (1979, 13 mins)
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Les Blank, 1980, 21 mins)
Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, 1982, 95 mins)
Guardian Lecture with Werner Herzog (1988, 83 mins)
South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (Jack Bond, 1982, 56 mins)
Original trailers on selected titles
Stills galleries on selected titles
Illustrated booklet with extensive essay by Laurie Johnson; full film credits
@asabreed: After how Shout! messed up on their blu ray release of Nosferatu The Vampyre, I will have to say that BFI might be a better shot on this one. Shout! is not known for their restorations like BFI is. I have several BFI blu rays that look amazing! If you are a Criterion fan, go with the BFI version of this collection. Just my opinion.
I have not heard anything about the Shout edition. What made you decide (unless its region coding)?
Never mind! I looked up the Shout! version. This will be a double dipper!! I do like what Shout! offers as well as the BFI. Definitely get the Shout! version before it goes out of print. Hoping to find it cheaper through third party seller, though. 150 bucks is high!
@montyb: Yep, you answered those questions how I would have. I know all the arguments for the BFI set are good ones though.
I also got to pre-order the Shout! set for 111.99 from Amazon before the price went up to 149.99 -- before it was marked as a BD set and was just DVD at that initial point -- and they're still honoring that, thankfully.
The limited edition thing for me is definitely a positive too -- 5000 is a lot of copies, but alas. I would hate for it to sell out before I got a copy.
If the transfers somehow end up being REALLY bad, then I could always cancel it, but hopefully my high hopes will be justified for such a potentially amazing set.