Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hands of Orlac DVD (NTSC Region 1)

Hands of Orlac DVD (NTSC Region 1)
Reuniting the star and director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (Orlacs Hände) is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends
grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.  Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard,
it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt, The Man Who Laughs) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer.  When Orlac’s father is murdered by the dead man’s hands, Orlac begins a steady descent toward madness.  Produced in Vienna, the hotbed of psychoanalysis, THE HANDS OF ORLAC is writhing with sexual innuendo and Freudian imagery. This Kino edition was mastered in HD from a 35mm print restored by the F.W. Murnau Foundation, supplemented with additional footage from the Raymond Rohauer Collection.

  • NTSC Region 1

    Special Features:
    • New HD transfer from a restored 35mm print
    • Musical score by Paul Mercer
    • Scene comparisons of domestic and international cuts of the film
    • Excerpts of Maurice Renard’s novel
    • Essay by John Soister, author of the book “Conrad Veidt on Screen”
    • Trailer of “Mad Love”, the 1935 remake starring Peter Lorre
    • Image gallery

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