Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

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Summary

  • Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse appropriates slogans and ideas from the newly ascendant Nazi party and puts them into the mouth of a madman, warning the audience of the horrible menace that was rapidly becoming a reality.

Notes

  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1933.
  • Based on the novel by Norbert Jacques.
  • "Complete, uncut original director's version"--Container.
  • Special features: audio commentary by David Kalat; complete French-language version of the film "Le testament du Dr. Mabuse" filmed simultaneously with French actors; excerpts from "For example Fritz Lang", 1964 interview with Lang; "Mabuse in mind", 1984 film by Thomas Honickel featuring an interview with actor Rudolf Schündler; comparison between the 1933 German version, the French version, and "The crimes of Dr. Mabuse", the edited and dubbed American version of the film; interview with Mabuse expert Michael Farin about the literary inventor of the series, Norbert Jacques; rare production designer drawings by art director Emil Hasler; collection of memorabilia, press books, stills and posters; booklet with new essay by Tom Gunning.
  • DVD, NTSC, region 1; full screen (1.19:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, RSDL dual-layer.
  • Disc 1 in German with optional English subtitles. Disc 2 contains French language version of the film with optional English subtitles: Le testament du Docteur Mabuse.

Contents

  • disc 1. Das testament des Dr. Mabuse -- disc 2. Le testament du docteur Mabuse
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