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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Restored Authorized Edition) back to product details

new improved???
written by RRappuhn June 11, 2004 - 10:02 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I had not viewed this Film in a long while and this restored version on DVD, while marvelous in almost every respect, seems quite different than my memory of the version I originally saw (on TV as part of PBS series of greatest films );

in some ways this version, with the great scoring, is much more frightening than I remember the original viewed film and score to be; but conversly, by adding the breaks for introducing the acts, using an expressionistic type design for the subtitles rather than simple block lettering, and employing the 'original'(??? )tinting in some of the scenes, these added effects became more a distraction to me; especially when I pull up my memories of the originally viewed print.

I need to view that print again, and wonder what I would think of it in comparison, if I had seen this version first...
but think that I rather like the black and white better;
Don't miss the extras, there is a great little 43 minute film in there... same extrodinary sets/costumes

the score in both Caligari and the extra are just superb and quite a reinforcement to what I find as pure dread/disorientation;

this Film along with 'M' are definitely on my list of favorite/best films


(Average 7.97)
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