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Waxworks [DVD] [1924]

Release Date:09/24/2002
Paul Leni's silent horror film Waxworks comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include footage from The Thief of Baghdad (a film whose look influenced Waxworks), and a bonus short film. This is an excellent disc for those with a passion for silent film, or those with an interest in the beginnings of the horror genre.

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    Special Features

    • Paul Leni's 1926 short Rebus Film
    • Excerpt from Douglas Fairbanks's The Thief of Bagdad


    German filmmaker Paul Leni functioned as both director and production designer for the Caligariesque Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett). Using a wax museum as the unifying factor, Leni weaves three separate stories of Evil Incarnate. Emil Jannings stars as middle-Eastern despot Harroun al Raschid; Conrad Veidt is cast as Ivan the Terrible; and Werner Krauss impersonates Jack the Ripper. Of the three, Ivan is perhaps the most odious, especially in his sadistic cat-and-mouse treatment of his victims (it is said that Russian director Sergei Eisenstein patterned his Ivan the Terrible after Veidt's). On the strength of this film, Leni was invited to Hollywood by Universal's Carl Laemmle, and the result was the classic "old dark house" meller The Cat and the Canary. Sadly, most surviving prints of Waxworks are taken from the watered-down, expurgated American released version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Olga Belajeff
    • William Dieterle
      William Dieterle
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      John Gottowt
    • Emil Jannings
      Emil Jannings
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      Werner Krauss

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