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Spine #30

May 11, 2010

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.19:1 Standard
  • German PCM Mono
  • English subtitles


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1998 Edition

2004 Edition

Directed By: Fritz Lang
Starring: Peter Lorre, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Gründgens, Friedrich Gnaß
Licensor: Atlantic-Film

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A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert, played by Peter Lorre, closes in on little Elsie Beckmann. In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

  • The long-lost English-language version of M
  • Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M, and Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife
  • Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration
  • Conversation with Fritz Lang, a 50-minute film by William Friedkin
  • Claude Chabrol's M le Maudit, a short film inspired by M, plus an interview with Chabrol by Pierre-Henri Gibert about Lang's filmmaking techniques
  • Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing M and its history, set to clips from the film
  • Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
  • Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos, and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler


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