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 Post subject: Der Todesking
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:16 pm 
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The second feature film from German provocateur Jörg Buttgereit, director of Nekromantik and Nekromantik 2, Der Todesking (“The King of Death”) presents seven suicides across seven days of the week.

As a chain letter from the self-proclaimed “Brotherhood of the 7th Day” circulates encouraging its recipients to end their lives, a series of grim murder-suicides unfold. In one vignette, a young woman massacres a room of concert-goers before turning the gun on herself; in another, a man, driven to madness by some unspecified mental disturbance, repeatedly slams his head into a wall before collapsing in a pool of his own blood… These are just some of depictions of death and despair that make up the tortured fabric of Der Todesking.

Regarded by many as director Jörg Buttgereit’s most accomplished work, Der Todesking is an existential masterpiece - a powerfully haunting howl of rage from one of the genre’s most underrated filmmakers.


Director’s approved HD transfer from the original 16mm negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo Audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles
Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Limited edition certificate featuring original artwork
Replica “Brotherhood of the 7th Day” Chain Letter
Der Todesking Soundtrack CD
Limited Edition 60-page book

Audio commentary by Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
From Bundy to Lautréamont - Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with journalist Graham Rae at the 2016 Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films
The Making of Der Todesking - vintage production featurette
Footage from the original 1990 Berlin premiere
Corpse Fucking Art - 1992 documentary bringing together the making of featurettes of Nekromantik,
Der Todesking and Nekromantik 2 Der Gollob (1983, 25 mins) - short film by Jörg Buttgereit, newly transferred in HD and viewable with optional director’s audio commentary
Two short films by producer Manfred O. Jelinski: Die Reise ins Licht (1972, 27 mins) and Geliebter Wahnsinn (1973, 7 mins)
Still Gallery Jörg Buttgereit
Trailer Gallery

CD featuring the complete Der Todesking score

Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film from Graham Rae and Kat Ellinger, all illustrated with new artwork and original archive stills


26 February


 Post subject: Re: Der Todesking
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:24 pm 
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That's great news! I've been very curious about this film ever since missing out on a chance to pick up the old Screen Edge VHS tape back in the late 90s (when it was one of Buttgereit's only films to be legally available in the UK). This looks just as death enamoured as the Nekromantik films but on a wider and more abstract level. Here's the (very NSFW) trailer

This is also the Buttgereit film that Barrel did not produce a packed US DVD edition of, though Adam mentioned a few years ago that a German edition of the film was available. I presume that this carries over the extras from that German edition? Or contains more?

 Post subject: Re: Der Todesking
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:46 pm 

Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:43 am
It’s really haunting and beautiful and meta cinematic. Very formalistic, throughout, like some of the stranger passages of Nekromantik 2 and Schramm. It’s poetic and at the same time a massive downer. I’m a huge admirer of all three.

Yes, I waited a long time for that Barrel DVD. Ended up getting a German or Austrian one from Sazuma’s website. Now I have the Cult Epics Blu ray but I will support the Arrow version also. I hope they release Schramm before I cave in and buy the Cult Epics.

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