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One of the first great classics of silent-era German expressionism gets a bare-bones presentation on this DVD release. This edition of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The title cards are in English; this edition features no audio or bonus materials.
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) is a wonderful and highly influential German expressionist film dating from 1920. In it a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrd Veidt), controlled by Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss), goes about murdering people. But there is a framing-story which makes the whole tale the ravings of a lunatic in an asylum. Some have interpreted the film as a premonition for the rise of Hitler in pre-war Germany. But like a dream itself, the film is open to almost any interpretation. The film is 97 years old in 2017 and it sill has a powerful impact on audiences.
Many people don't think that it's worth buying older films on blu ray, mistakenly thinking that only movies filmed in "HD" benefit from the increased resolution and bitrate offered by the home media. Well, they are wrong and this nearly 100 year old film is proof of why it's worth owning high definition classics. The stunning sets with their painted on shadows and distorted angle look incredible, the fidelity of this film classic is astounding with a in image that has been lovingly restored. Caligari is an essential film in the history of movie making and it has never looked better. Buy it now.