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Vampyr

Street Date:
October 3rd, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1932
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
73 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Fantasy, Horror

Starring:

Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

Director:

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Plot Synopsis:

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s greatest nightmares.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray
  • 2-Disc Set

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.19:1

Audio Formats

  • German LPCM mono

Supplements

  • Alternate version with English text
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Carl Th. Dreyer, a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career
  • Video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr
  • Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg
  • AND: A book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul'’s original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film