The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

DVD - 1996
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A somnambulist commits murders at a hypnotist's bidding in this German expressionist horror classic. Also featured on this videodisc is an excerpt of "Genuine: a tale of a vampire", a 1920 release which reunited "Caligari's" creative team.
Publisher: [Chatsworth, CA] : Image Entertainment, [1996]
Edition: Special collector's ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. tinted ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 23, 2017

In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.

Mar 11, 2016

More hype than delivery. I'd long heard of this and was hoping that it would be as good as "Nosferatu", but it isn't even as good as the horrid Klaus Kinski "Nosferatu". I'd much rather re-watch "Freaks". I did, however, love the German Expressionistic sets. Exciting and trippy (in the LSD and the actual tripping walking on those wild sets) was mesmerizing to watch, the acting and story...not so much. I would rather just watch the sets! I was surprised though to see light nudity in a 1920 film. Oh, well. I'm hoping that the next silent I'd like to see, "Witchcraft throughout the ages" will meet it's reputation.

Feb 06, 2016

WOW! Great story, wild set...just a mind blowing film. I thought it might be dull being an old silent film but it was riveting. I did not choose the orchestral soundtrack but went with the default soundtrack (reminded me of Pink Floyd's Umagumma)

Apr 15, 2013

the classic horror silent film.

Aug 29, 2011

Holy CRAP is this cool! It's purported to be the first horror film (it being from 1920, and "Nosferatu" didn't appear until 1922), and yet there's so much in place here that it's stunning that no-one had done one before. The story form has been around for a long time, but to present one visually and not simply present a stage play on film is another matter entirely. The look of the film is fantastic (and see if you can locate a copy of the Kino-release with the film tinting), with all sorts of nifty imagery. There's not a straight line anywhere, due to the "German Expressionist Style" making everything quite anarchic. The wrap-around telling of the story either adds an extra level of vagueness to the story — is it madness, is it a dream fantasy, or is it reality — or simply makes you wonder "why did they bother to complicate the thing?" I've not made up my mind which camp I'm in.


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