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Vampyr

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Overview

Carl Theodor Dreyer's early vampire film Vampyr comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. A German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no special features on this disc, but genre enthusiasts, as well as those who love films from the '30s, will certainly want to give this disc a look. The film looks as good as a film originally produced in the early '30s can.
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Overview

Carl Theodor Dreyer's early vampire film Vampyr comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. A German soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no special features on this disc, but genre enthusiasts, as well as those who love films from the '30s, will certainly want to give this disc a look. The film looks as good as a film originally produced in the early '30s can.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/1998
  • UPC: 014381430820
  • Original Release: 1931
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julian West David Gray
Maurice Schutz Lord of the Manor
Jan Hieronimko Doctor
Sybille Schmitz His Daughter Leone
Rena Mandel His Daughter Gisele
Henriette Gerard Old Woman at Cemetery
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg David Gray
Albert Bras Servant
N. Babanini His Wife
Technical Credits
Carl Theodor Dreyer Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg Producer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Louis Nee Cinematographer
Hermann Warm Art Director
Julian West Producer
Wolfgang Zeller Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title [2:22]
2. Gray Arrives at the Inn [4:01]
3. Visitor in the Night [3:46]
4. Strange Shadows [4:13]
5. Cries in the Dark [3:29]
6. A Kindly Old Woman? [2:09]
7. Vigil at the Chateau [7:37]
8. The History of Vampires [3:03]
9. Night Creature [3:50]
10. "If I Could Only Die!" [5:44]
11. The Doctor Arrives [6:22]
12. How to Kill a Vampire [3:02]
13. Bad Dream-Bad Medicine [3:16]
14. Gray's Wandering Spirit [3:52]
15. To Be Dead [4:25]
16. Grave of the Vampire [4:05]
17. Apparition at the Window [3:11]
18. The Doctor's Fate [3:47]
19. The Mascot [26:04]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Subtitles that Trust the Audience

    Criterion's 2008 release of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr (1932) illustrates how subtitles may integrate within a film to improve the whole. Translator John Gudelj and the Criterion spotting/timecoding staff provided subtitles that effortlessly blend with the dialogue. This artistry makes their unique choices even harder to spot. For years translating every word as spoken has been de rigueur. This is desirable for clarity. But with repetitive dialogue, equally repetitive subtitles fail to trust the audience, detracting from rather than enhancing the film.

    Early in the story, protagonist Allan Gray stops in a country house. 'Guten Abend,' says the young housekeeper, to which Gray immediately responds, 'Guten Abend.' The housekeeper's dialogue is subtitled, 'Good evening.' The subtitles do not repeat the banality when Gray speaks the same line of dialogue. It would be pointless. The audience has heard this common phrase and read the translation when first spoken. Nothing else is necessary. This subtitling choice is used again when the young heroine Gisele sees her sister Leone from the window. 'There, outside,' she cries. 'Leone, Leone!' The initial translation was necessary to communicate to viewers that the dialogue was actually a name, but when Gisele runs outside calling Leone's name over and over, there are no subtitles. The lush imagery of Gisele running through the forest would be marred by subtitles that hammer the obvious. When Gisele and Gray are fog-bound in their little boat, they yell, 'Hallo!' and are guided by answering cries from the opposite bank. The dialogue and context are absolutely clear without subtitles. This technique was used to poignant effect when Leone rests in bed. 'I am damned,' she says. 'Mein Gott, mein Gott. mein Gott.' American audiences are familiar with the German phrase. Gudelj wisely translated the first lines, 'My God, my God.' As the camera pans away from Leone, she pathetically whimpers the same line of dialogue a third time. Here the subtitles are absent, allowing viewers to take in the full emotional impact of Dreyer's images.

    It is an irony of subtitles that at their best they are so much a part of a film that they go unnoticed. Criterion and Gudelj's subtitles are an example of how to get that right.

    D. Bannon is a professional subtitler and author of The Elements of Subtitles: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling [ISBN-10: 0557130727; ISBN-13: 978-0557130726].

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    An incredible film, a surrealistic and unsettling nightmare that

    An incredible film, a surrealistic and unsettling nightmare that is as disorienting as it is fasccinating. The audience is suspended in an ethereal place and time, where the supernatural reaches out and immerses it in pure horror, unadulterated with extravagant special effects and gimmicks to shock the audience. The art is the horror itself, and it's easy to see why this movie has retained its timeless appeal. If you are a fan of horror, this is a must for your collection.

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