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M (1931) Silently Kills on the Criterion Collection

On May 11, 2010, the Criterion Collection released M on Blu-ray. Fritz Lang directed the film starring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, and Inge Landgut.

‘M’ Criterion Synopsis

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 (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.

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • The long-lost English-language version of M, from a nitrate print preserved by the British Film Institute (Blu-ray only)
  • Conversation with Fritz Lang, a 50-minute film by William Friedkin
  • Claude Chabrol’s M le maudit, a short film inspired by M, plus a video interview with Chabrol about Lang’s filmmaking techniques
  • Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
  • Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history, set to clips from the film
  • Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration
  • Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and production sketches
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: An essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, the script for a missing scene (Blu-ray only), three contemporaneous newspaper articles (Blu-ray only), and a 1963 interview with Lang

New cover by Sarah Habibi

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Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH released M on August 31, 1931. Fritz Lang directed filmstarring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, and Inge Landgut.

User Rating: 4.65 ( 1 votes)
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