DVD Review

February 6th, 2009 - South Africa

M&G reviewers look at the DVDs worth getting this festive season (2009) :

FW Murnau's 1922 silent classic, his own version of Dracula, is silent no more. As part of Cape Town's 2006 Horrorfest at the Labia, members of bands Terminatryx, Lark, Dawntreader and K.O.B.U.S. provided a new score, played live during a screening of the film. This has now been released on DVD, and it works a treat. The film is an unrestored print, but the spottiness and variable lighting take their place in the drama, too, and the music is very effective: thudding beats, distorted guitar, moany vocals (apparently sung in Transylvanian), and eerie-spacey effects -- there's even a real Theremin employed here. (They have also extended this honour to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and the Scandinavian quasi-documentary about witchcraft, Häxan. Let's hope we see them soon on DVD.). -- SdW

Other DVD recommendations included: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jerusalema, Wall-E, In Bruges, Zombie Strippers, Kung Fu Panda

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