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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari / From Caligari to Hitler

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari / From Caligari to Hitler

Robert Wiene / Rüdiger Suchsland ,

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Documentary Silent Movie

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film's chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding...

Incalculably influential, the film's nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone - now more mesmerising than ever in this Blu-ray steelbook edition, along with a bonus Blu-ray disc containing the 2014 documentary From Caligari to Hitler, exploring the social and cultural impact of German Cinema during the Weimar Republic.

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2 Discs

  • High-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
  • Option of Stereo and 5.1 surround scores
  • Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses - A 2-hour documentary on German Cinema during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)
  • Exclusive audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • You Must Become Caligari - Video essay by film critic David Cairns
  • Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War - 52 minute documentary on the cultural and historical impact of the film
  • On the Restoration - three short video pieces on the film's restoration
  • Trailer for the release of the new restoration of the film
  • 44-PAGE BOOKLET featuring vintage writing on the film by Lotte H. Eisner; an original Variety review of the film; and rare archival imagery


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