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134 Häxan

#1 Post by Martha » Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:49 pm

Häxan

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Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying “documentary,” for the first time ever on DVD.

Special Features

- Häxan (1922), a new digital, speed-corrected transfer of the Swedish Film Institute’s tinted restoration
- Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in Dolby Digital 5.0
- Commentary by Danish silent film scholar Casper Tybjerg
- Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease
- A short selection of outtakes
- Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sources
- Stills gallery
- New English translation of intertitles
- Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the 76-minute version of Häxan, narrated by William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring Jean-Luc Ponty
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
-Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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#2 Post by jorencain » Sat May 28, 2005 2:13 pm

A local store has this used for $20; and the question is: should I get it? Anyone have any thoughts on this disc? Thanks.

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#3 Post by Nihonophile » Sat May 28, 2005 4:35 pm

jorencain wrote:A local store has this used for $20; and the question is: should I get it? Anyone have any thoughts on this disc? Thanks.
my first thought is...you suck! I want it for 20 bucks :)
Although seriously, this disc is a treasure. I watched my friends copy with the burroughs narration and new soundtrack. I really loved it. The movie itself is an experience, one of those silent movies that blows you away the first time. get it.

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#4 Post by Alonzo the Armless » Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:44 pm

Rented this tonight as part of my Halloween movies this year. What a bizarre movie. Great portrayals of lusty big devils who turn lovely young maidens to stray from their husbands. And the old woman gave a terrific heartbreaking performance as the crone unjustly accused of being a witch. The scene of the nuns dancing in the church was hysterical.

I can see why it's liked so much. It's like no other movie I've ever seen.

I had one big qualm with it. The soundtrack music was very inappropriate in parts. Scenes of dread and mystery often had a light and happy score, which destroyed a lot of the mood. Perhaps I should have watched the version with the jazz score instead.

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#5 Post by unclehulot » Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:00 pm

Yes, it's a dreadful score.......one musical selection per reel, and they just start playing it from the start if it doesn't last the whole reel....no effort to match any of the construction of the film.... and a horrid misreading by the solo violinist of an exposed note in the Danse Macabre solo!! To think any musician could pass a take with that clinker! sheesh! I hate to think what Criterion paid Anderson for that hack job!

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#6 Post by Alonzo the Armless » Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:10 am

Since I'm a fan of his work, I see even Philip Glass doing a good score for this one. An interesting movie like this needs a definitive score with an art theater rerelease.

By the way, I forgot to mention the scene of the flying witches, which was extremely well done, especially with silhouette figures and buildings in the foreground to add depth. Think the witch flying in the tornado sequence in THE WIZARD OF OZ was influenced by HÄXAN?

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#7 Post by blindside8zao » Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:41 pm

I don't know but I really want this. I love ghosts goblins and william burroughs

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#9 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:50 am

the scholar doing the voices of those whose quotes he reads on the commentary is pretty amazing.

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#10 Post by djali999 » Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:12 am

domino harvey wrote:the scholar doing the voices of those whose quotes he reads on the commentary is pretty amazing.
He does that in all his commentaries - Passion of Joan of Arc, Michael, and Day of Wrath. I love that man.

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#11 Post by orlik » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:17 am

Yes, that man (whose name I've forgotten) provides what are virtually model commentaries, and there's also something endearing about his voice.

It's definitely worth getting Haxan. I wonder if I'm alone in preferring the jazz fusion score (featuring Jean-Luc Ponty) to the other one.

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#12 Post by tryavna » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:18 am

djali999 wrote:
domino harvey wrote:the scholar doing the voices of those whose quotes he reads on the commentary is pretty amazing.
He does that in all his commentaries - Passion of Joan of Arc, Michael, and Day of Wrath. I love that man.
You mean there's a Danish version of Bogdanovich?!

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#13 Post by orlik » Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:54 pm

tryavna wrote:You mean there's a Danish version of Bogdanovich?!
But a genuine scholar rather than a name-dropping anecdotalist.

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#14 Post by Antoine Doinel » Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:09 am

For those of you in the UK, the film will be touring starting April 22 with a new live score composed by Geoff Smith.

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#15 Post by Tommaso » Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:41 am

Good to hear that Geoff Smith is still around! He completely disappeared from my radar after the two cds he made in the 90s for Sony Classical, together with his wife Nicola Walker-Smith. I find these two cds excellent (something like a pop version of Steve Reich with some Massive Attack thrown in), so I hope someone will put out his "Häxan"- soundtrack in some form.

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#16 Post by Cobalt60 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:50 pm

new version from Play comes with a spiffy Haxan t-shirt


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#18 Post by Soothsayer » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:57 am

orlik wrote:It's definitely worth getting Haxan. I wonder if I'm alone in preferring the jazz fusion score (featuring Jean-Luc Ponty) to the other one.
Nope, actually, I might go so far as saying this score is the best thing I've heard from Ponty...

That shirt they're selling w/the R2 is great.

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#19 Post by Darth Lavender » Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:34 am

Any word on the how the R2 compares with the R1?
R2 seems to be a little cheaper at the moment ($20+, rather than the R1's $30+) and a quick glance suggests it's the same specs.

Any major differences? Is the R2 an NTSC>PAL conversion, etc.?

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#20 Post by lazier than a toad » Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:38 am

Darth Lavender wrote:Any word on the how the R2 compares with the R1?
R2 seems to be a little cheaper at the moment ($20+, rather than the R1's $30+) and a quick glance suggests it's the same specs.

Any major differences? Is the R2 an NTSC>PAL conversion, etc.?
I've got the region 2, llooked fine on a shitty TV, but not sure what it would look like on a better system.

The disc is listed as PAL, but runs in at 105 minutes - due to it being a "digital speed-corrected transfer of the Swedish Film Institute's tinted restoration"

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#21 Post by Tommaso » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:44 am

Review of the R2 here. Picture seems to be excellent, but as the reviewer rightly points out, CC excels in the extras department. That audio commentary is indeed not to be missed in my view.

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#22 Post by Werdegast » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:27 pm

There is a new Swedish box set of Silent movies coming out 28 november wich will include Häxan.
The other films is:

Sir Arne´s Treasure

Terje Vigen

Erotikon

The Phantom Carriage

The Legend of Gosta Berling

Dont know if this has been posted anywhere else,and there will be German,English,French,Portuguese,Spanish and Italian subs.

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#23 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:05 am

I was just looking through the FAB Press website and came across this page which is offering the Haxan book; No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema and A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi as a triple pack for £13.97.

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#24 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:23 pm

Werdegast wrote:There is a new Swedish box set of Silent movies coming out 28 November wich will include Häxan.

Terje Vigen

Dont know if this has been posted anywhere else,and there will be German,English,French,Portuguese,Spanish and Italian subs.
Do you have a link, or do you know if this Terje Vigen is the same with Ketil Bjornstad score as in the Ibsen Box set??

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#25 Post by ola t » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:15 am

NABOB OF NOWHERE wrote:Do you have a link, or do you know if this Terje Vigen is the same with Ketil Bjornstad score as in the Ibsen Box set??
Don't know for sure, but I doubt it -- all six films in the Swedish box supposedly have music by Matti Bye, and there's been no mention of alternate scores in the (admittedly, and annoyingly, incomplete) advance information.

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