Faust (2-DVD) (Silent)

Faust (2-DVD) (Silent)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 17, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1926
  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • 2.0 Stereo
    • Dolby Digital: 5.1 Stereo Surround
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary: minute Documentary on the making of Murnau's film
    • New musical score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
    • Featurette: The lost screen test footage of Ernst Lubitsch's abandoned 1923 production Marguerite and Faust.
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essay: Film Historian Jan Christopher Horak
    • Image Gallery

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 18


User Ratings: 5,569
Murnau's version of the story of the man who sold his soul to the Devil (Jannings) in return for youth is visually extraordinary but dismally uneven in terms of its dramatic effect. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 10/10 -- A great work by a great director, and one of the most instantly accessible silent films ever made. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Jun 10, 2008
Rating: 4/4 -- Films from the German Expressionism era are famous for their fiercely stylized mise-en-scene, and to Murnau the medium's very artificiality provided the keys to locating its truths. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Jul 6, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- Faust an extremely stylish horror fantasy in the best tradition of German silent cinema, featuring brilliant photography, magnificent art direction, and magical special effects which still have the power to amaze. Full Review
TV Guide
Aug 29, 2006
[Y]ou'll be knocked out cold by Murnau's indelible images, haunting use of shadows, and trippy, dreamlike expressionist sets. -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 20, 2009
Rating: 3/4 -- Still a classic example of eye-popping excess at a time when German filmmakers were among the most innovative in the world.
Detroit Free Press
Apr 15, 2005
Rating: 4/4 -- I sometimes feel, in this age of expert CGI, that I am being shown too much -- that technique is pushing aside artistry and imagination. The world of Faust is never intended to define a physical universe, but is a landscape of nightmares. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 20, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

Mobilizing the full resources of the Ufa Studios, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Sunrise) orchestrated a colossal adaptation of Goethe's Faust that ranks alongside Fritz Lang's Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema.

Gosta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth...in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific.

This special Kino edition contains the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation's meticulous restoration of the original German version of the film (with unique hand-painted intertitles), as well as a lengthier alternate cut prepared by the Ufa Studios in 1930.

Product Description:

Murnau's FAUST stars the inimitable Emil Jannings as Mephistopheles, to whom the hapless and aging Faust sells his soul for renewed youth as well as wealth and power. Based on Goethe's interpretation of the age old legend, Murnau merely uses the story as a starting point for an incredibly phantasmagoric vision of the struggle between good and evil. Beginning with a flourish, Murnau introduces Mephistopheles with one of the most famous sequences in film history, finding Jannings being birthed as a disgusting, primordial creature from the heavens and banished to the netherworld. Baroque, bizarre, and unforgettable, FAUST is one of the German master's greatest triumphs. Silent movie with English and German subtitles. The Kino version is restored with a symphonic soundtrack.

Plot Synopsis:

A visually stunning adaptation of Goethe's magnum opus as directed by one of silent cinema's greatest masters, F. W. Murnau.
Using ingenious special effects and a wide variety of baroque visual techniques, Murnau creates a shadowy medieval world where the occult mixes with the everyday in a beautiful cinematic alchemy. Illuminating a lost universe of spiritual possibilities that seem mere superstition today, he relates the classic tale of an ambitious young man who sells his soul to Lord Satan for corporeal wealth and success. The film features a stunning opening sequence where Faust is literally borne through the skies of Europe on the wings of Lucifer. A recklessly inventive masterpiece.


Production Notes:

  • The Kino VHS version of "Faust" has been digitally remastered from an archival print. It is also accompanied by a full orchestral score composed and conducted by Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra.
  • 175 new intertitles were created for the Kino VHS version, using period type; subtitles were also added to translate the many German language books and manuscripts shown throughout the film.

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