Nosferatu [DVD] [1922]

  • SKU: 4730027
  • Release Date: 01/22/2002
  • Rating: NR
  • 3.8 (5)
Director F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu is widely recognized as both a silent movie classic and one of the most disturbing and eerie adaptations of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula ever filmed. Unauthorized by Stoker's estate, the film almost vanished after its debut as a result of his wife's efforts to destroy all known prints and negatives because of its "unofficial" status. Fortunately, some prints survived, so that viewers can enjoy this landmark film starring Max Schreck in an unsettling performance as a rat-like vampire. Alpha Video's Nosferatu DVD offers only the movie and the most rudimentary chapter selection. The quality of the black-and-white, full- frame picture is as good as can be expected for an 80-year-old film made with a hand-cranked camera. It's a minor miracle to be able to enjoy a film made when radio was in its infancy with digital technology, so even though this disc lacks any extras, it's still a worthwhile "creature feature" to add to a DVD collection.
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Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)


F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film Nosferatu isn't merely a variation on Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a direct steal, so much so that Stoker's widow went to court, demanding in vain that the Murnau film be suppressed and destroyed. The character names have been changed to protect the guilty (in the original German prints, at least), but devotees of Stoker will have little trouble recognizing their Dracula counterparts. The film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wagenheim) has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok (Max Schreck). Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter insists upon completing his journey to Orlok's sinister castle. While enjoying his host's hospitality, Hutter accidently cuts his finger-whereupon Orlok tips his hand by staring intently at the bloody digit, licking his lips. Hutter catches on that Orlok is no ordinary mortal when he witnesses the vampiric nobleman loading himself into a coffin in preparation for his journey to Bremen. By the time the ship bearing Orlok arrives at its destination, the captain and crew have all been killed-and partially devoured. There follows a wave of mysterious deaths in Bremen, which the local authorities attribute to a plague of some sort. But Ellen, Hutter's wife, knows better. Armed with the knowledge that a vampire will perish upon exposure to the rays of the sun, Ellen offers herself to Orlok, deliberately keeping him "entertained" until sunrise. At the cost of her own life, Ellen ends Orlok's reign of terror once and for all. Rumors still persist that Max Schreck, the actor playing Nosferatu, was actually another, better-known performer in disguise. Whatever the case, Schreck's natural countenance was buried under one of the most repulsive facial makeups in cinema history-one that was copied to even greater effect by Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake - Nosferatu the Vampyre. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max Schreck
    Max Schreck - Graf Orlok, Nosferatu
  • Alexander Granach
    Alexander Granach - Knock
  • Gustav VonWangenheim
    Gustav VonWangenheim - Hutter, His Employee
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    Greta Schroeder - Ellen Hutter
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    G.H. Schnell - Harding, Shipowner

Overall Customer Rating

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5 Reviews
80%of customers recommend this product.

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