Fritz Lang’s classic thriller, Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, has made it to Bluray and we’re going to take a look at the details. As you probably know, Mabuse was a sensation and Lang would go on to direct sequels in 1933 and 1960.
(As always, thanks to Kinor Lorber for the review copy.)
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler runs 270 minutes (longer than the previous Kino DVD release) and was mastered in 2K from a 35mm restoration. (I have not done a comparison to see which footage was added where; I will probably wait for a full-length movie review to dig that deep.) While the Mabuse DVD looked pretty darn good, Lang fans will probably want to take advantage of the higher resolution.
The film itself is clear and lovely with lots of film grain for those of you who love that sort of thing. (Hurrah for nerds!)
This Bluray also includes a three-part documentary (totaling 52 minutes) that covers the splendid score by Aljoscha Zimmerman (I am a huge fan), the original Mabuse novel and a closer look at the film itself. It retains the original German title cards and has optional English subtitles.
Availability: The restored Bluray will be available in North America on September 13, 2016.