Today, we’re going to be looking at two of F.W. Murnau’s lesser-known films, which are being released as a double feature on Bluray by Kino.
As always, thanks to Kino Lorber for the review copies!
The Bluray double feature of The Haunted Castle and The Finances of the Grand Duke will be released as a region A Bluray on February 12, 2019. Learn more and pre-order here.
Both films have fine piano scores. Neil Brand handled The Haunted Castle and Ekkehard Wölk accompanied The Finances of the Grand Duke.
Here are some screen shots from the films. As usual, the only alteration I made was to crop out the pillarboxes. Oh, and the films are presented in their original German with optional English subtitles.
The Haunted Castle, or, Constant Teutonic Glowering
The Finances of the Grand Duke, or, Murnau Does Lubitsch by Way of von Harbou (also, Max Schreck)
This is a very nice presentation of two of Murnau’s less-famous films. They’re not Nosferatu or Faust but they are interesting and fans of his work will enjoy seeing them in HD. Vampire fans will particularly enjoy seeing Max Schreck as one of the conspirators in The Finances of the Grand Duke.
Disclaimer Regarding Speeds and Progressive Scan
I really do not want to discuss progressive scan vs. sound speed or interlacing. The comments on the topic have become, well, progressively ruder (always from the anti-progressive side) and I don’t feel my readers should have to put up with insults from a vocal minority. If you have no idea what this is about, you are honestly better off but if you really want to know, I wrote a thread on the topic, typos and all.
I was pleased with the look, speed and presentation of this release.