Like many of you, I’ve watched numerous takes on the story of Count Dracula over the years. "Nosferatu the Vampyre" ranks up there as one of the best and with a tremendous presentation on Blu-ray thanks to Shout Factory, this is a must-have for fans and those curious about it.
In the mid 1800’s, lawyer Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) must meet with Count Dracula to discuss important real estate matters. The film’s atmosphere shows immensely in these opening scenes as Jonathan embarks on his journey to Wismar, Germany. He eventually comes to discover Count Dracula’s real motives and tries to warn others (including wife Lucy) before it’s too late.
At times, "Nosferatu" moves along at a snail’s pace...part of the blame is the PG rating. But thankfully this isn’t a blood-soaked film.
Klaus Kinski as Nosferatu, who’s pretty creepy looking even without vampire makeup on, plays the tormented soul to near perfection. This isn’t your sexy, alluring blood-sucker, but rather Kinski plays him as a sullen, doomed creature.
As is usual for Shout/Scream Factory releases, "Nosferatu" comes with a slew of features. Among them is the option to watch the original film in German with English subtitles or the English-dubbed version. This film gets considered often as director Werner Herzog’s finest film and in his audio commentary (again with English subtitles), it’s apparent he had a love for the material. He and others are also seen in the vintage "Making of Nosferatu."
"Nosferatu the Vampyre"