DAS WACHSFIGURENKABINETT/WAXWORKS (PG) 1924 GERMANY LENI, PAUL BLU RAY £20.99
A young writer is hired to write stories for the characters in a wax museum and he pens backstories for the Caliph of Baghdad, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper
However, as the accounts of these historical figures play out the writer imagines himself in each story alongside the museum owner’s daughter Eva in order to fulfil his unrequited love for her.
As there is no surviving original negative of the film, this newly restored edition by the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata is composed of contemporary prints and additional film materials from archives around the world.
These materials were scanned in 4K resolution and then restored in 2K.
In German with English subtitles
LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 copies]
REGION FREE – A/B/C
1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration
Option of two newly created scores, by Ensemble Musikfabrik; and composer Richard Siedhoff
Audio commentary with Australian film and arts critic Adrian Martin
Paul Leni’s Rebus-Film Nr. 1-8 – Courtesy of Kino Lorber, these Leni-helmed cinematic crossword puzzles were originally screened in 1920s German cinemas as featurettes accompanying the main film. Each of these animated shorts was split into two parts—a clue and an answer—and presented before and after the visual presentation
In search of the original version of Paul Leni’s ?‘Das Wachsfigurenkabinett’? – An interview with Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek) based on her presentation after the premiere of the restored film at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna 2020
Kim Newman on Waxworks – An in-depth, on-camera interview with journalist, film critic, and fiction writer Kim Newman about the legacy of Waxworks
A collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Philip Kemp and Richard Combs on the film’s history and significance; notes on the restoration process by the Deutsche Kinemathek; and rarely seen production photographs and promotional material
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