Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

Kino releases restored Nosferatu

See also

Newly restored "Nosferatu" on DVD and blu ray


F.W. Murnau's quintessential vampire movie, "Nosferatu" (1922) has arguably never been topped for atmospheric direction and Max Schreck's career-defining performance in the title role. However print quality on this film has varied wildly over the years, ranging from partially restored clarity to heavily duped and barely discernible images from low rent video distributors.

Kino Classics now offers, on DVD and blu ray, the best version of this classic, drawing from a variety of top level elements found in various archives, the restoration, according to notes on the DVD pacakaging, performed by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. This restoration has carefully presented the film as closely to its original presentation as possible, including the right musical accompaniment (by the Saarbruken Radio Symphony Orchestra), reconstructing Hans Erdman's original 1922 score conducted by Berndt Heller. This version eliminates all others, offering unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.

It is perhaps unnecessary to review the film itself, "Nosferatu" being such a key component to cinema's history, anyone bothering to read this review will likely already be aware of its enormous significance. However, its history is not quite as well known. We are lucky we have "Nosferatu" at all. The film was, of course, based on Bram Stoker's book "Dracula," but because Murnau could not secure the rights, the vampire was known as Nosferatu, while the character Count Dracula was renamed Count Orlok. Representatives for Stoker's estate sued in court, and it was ruled that all prints of the film be destroyed. However a few prints (some reports say only one) were already being distributed around the world, so the few surviving ones have lived on and, despite variable quality, the film has maintained its reputation as one of the most brilliant filmed and most highly influential works in motion picture history.

Perhaps it is not "scary" to modern audiences as it was to viewers in 1922, but its brilliance of conception and presentation, as well as its creativity in filmmaking, is undeniable. It is the best movie of its kind, even surpassing such later classics as "Dracula"(1931) with Bela Lugosi, or "Horror of Dracula" (1958) starring Christopher Lee.

Kino's two-disc set offers the film with English or German subtitles, and the discs also offer special features. There is a 52-minute documentary on the making of the film, as well as excerpts from some of Murnau's other productions.

There are some films that belong in any library or collection, movies that are staples of cinema's foundations. "Nosferatu" is one of these, and this new restored version is the only version to own.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!