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(aka "M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder" or "M. - Mörder unter uns" or "The Murderers Are Among Us" or "M - Your Murderer Looks At You))

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Germany 1931

Of all Fritz Lang’s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society. From cinema’s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling almost 80 years on. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a stunning high-definition restoration of a definitive classic of world cinema.

Review found HERE at Masters of Cinema

 

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A simple, haunting phrase whistled off-screen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who is the murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann… In his harrowing masterwork, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. The Criterion Collection is proud to present a new restoration of this landmark film.

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Austrian-born Fritz Lang made M in Germany where it premiered in May 1931 before being banned by the Nazis three years later. In 1940, parts of the film were appropriated by the Nazis in their propaganda film Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew) contorting Peter Lorre's soulbaring performance for anti-Semitic ends. In retrospect, many believe M hastened Lang's departure from Germany in 1934. The Nazis were offended by the film's original title, Murderers Among Us, assuming it was about them and Lang had difficulty getting permission to make the film at the studios where it was eventually made in its entirety. 

Except from Nick Wrigley's detailed DVD review found HERE at Masters of Cinema

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Theatrical Release: May 11th, 1931 Germany

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Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

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Region 'B' -
Blu-ray

Criterion Collection - Spine #30

Region 0  - NTSC

Criterion Collection - Spine #30 (re-issue)

Region 0  - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:49:45.620 1:50:39.674 1:50:32 1:50:48 1:45:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

Disc Size: 49,343,341,654 bytes

Feature Size: 22,927,300,608 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 44,622,296,684 bytes

Feature Size: 30,990,206,976 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.27:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.17:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.41 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1:1.19 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: unknown
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio LPCM Audio German 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1734 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1734 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1711 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1711 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1564 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1564 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
German (Dolby Digital 1.0) German (Dolby Digital 1.0)

German (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Subtitles English, and none English, and none English, and none English, and none English, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

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Feature Size: 22,927,300,608 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC

 

Edition Details:
•  Audio commentary by German film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, and Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M

The long-lost English-language version of M, from a nitrate print preserved by the British Film Institute
•  Conversation with Fritz Lang, an interview film by William Friedkin
•  Claude Chabrol’s M le Maudit, a short film inspired by M
•  Classroom tapes of M editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history
•  Interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
•  A physical history of M
•  Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos, and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler 
•  Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, a 1963 interview with Lang, and the script for a missing scene.


Blu-ray Release Date: May 11th, 2010
Transparent thick Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

 

Disc Size: 44,622,296,684 bytes

Feature Size: 30,990,206,976 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

• Two audio commentaries: one by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler; the other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 audio interviews with Lang
• The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety, recently rediscovered after 70 years, featuring different actors, alternate takes and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English (1:32:48)
Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema (20:39)
• 48-page illustrated booklet, including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills and production drawings

 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 22nd, 2010
Standard (thicker UK Blu-ray Case

Chapters 22

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (pictureboxed) - 1.27:1

Discographic Information:
Layers: Single

Edition Details:
• This new digital transfer was created from a new 35mm fine-grain master. The sound was created from the digital audio master. Telecine colorist: Joe Finley/Modern Videofilm, L.A. Telecine supervisor: Maria Palazzola


DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (pictureboxed) - 1.17:1

Discographic Information:
Layers: Dual (both)

Edition Details:
•  Audio commentary by German film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, and Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M
•  Conversation with Fritz Lang, an interview film by William Friedkin
•  Claude Chabrol’s M le Maudit, a short film inspired by M
•  Classroom tapes of M editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history
•  Interview with Harold Nebenzal, the son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
•  A physical history of M
•  Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos, and production sketches by art director Emil Hasler
•  Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, a 1963 interview with Lang, and the script for a missing scene.


DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2004
Double (thick) Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Pillarbox - 1.19:1


Edition Details:

 

Disc One

• M - German Audio, optional English subs
• Full length audio commentary by Martin Koerber with excerpts from "Bogdanovich interviewing Lang in the 60s"
• Documentary - The Restoration Of M, Peter Campbell.

Disc Two
• Audio Interview - Peter Bogdanovich with Fritz Lang
• Documentary - "For Example: Fritz Lang" (German, 1960s)
• Visual Essay - "Lending Order to Terror" by R. Dixon Smith
• Film Restoration and Comparison - Martin Koerber
• Photo Gallery and animated slideshow
• Set designs and final screen comparisons
• Animated biographies and historical backgrounds

 

DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 25

 

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDED: Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray - April 2010: Well, I don't have that much to add beyond what you can see from the screen captures. Criterion appear to have boosted black levels and while I, usually, prefer the more prominent blacks - I think I lean to the Masters of Cinema as the definitive release. They obviously come from the same source and I suspect MoC have done nothing to digitally alter the appearance - plus the UK edition has more file space devoted to the feature and, hence, a higher bitrate. Actually with the heightened blacks we may lose some information in the frame in a few rare sequences but hide a few scratches in others. It can also look a bit green to me. Grain may be more visible on the Masters of Cinema Blu-ray. - but again - this is dependant on the scene. Essentially though - this is probably all moot - as I would expect every consumer to be thrilled with either edition. It seems pointless to choose one over the other in this case - they are both magnificent packages which will undoubtedly garner many votes for Blu-ray of the year.

Audio is a wash with Criterion opting for a liner PCM rendering to MoC's minutely more robust DTS-Master. I didn't test enough to be able to distinguish any differences. Both offer optional English subtitles and if it makes the slightest concern I opt for the MoC subtitle font. The Criterion is Region 'A'-locked.

Extras are a personal preference. I'm not a fan of the inclusion of the 1932 English DUB'bed version - in 1080 - that both offer. It just seems to take up an inordinate amount of space on the disc (11 Gig on the Criterion). For those who appreciate commentaries - the MoC has two and Criterion repeats the first with German film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, and Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M. MoC's second with Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 audio interviews with Lang is definitely worth the spin. Criterion tack on some other featurettes - all duplicated from the DVD - and all in HD - and both have a magnificent liner notes booklet.

This is one of the top Blu-ray releases so far on the new format. I'm not going to isolate either edition as superior as they both represent essential value. The film still gives me 'the chills' after 10 viewings - no film from the 30's can make that claim (or 40's either). When this arrived in the mailbox - I had a friend/handyman over doing some odd-jobs and as I described the film to him he began to chuckle at my unbound enthusiasm. It's a singularly unique masterpiece and if you don't own one of these packages you will never be invited over to my house for a BBQ.   

 - Gary W. Tooze

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ADDED: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' Blu-ray - February 2010: The Masters of Cinema have come through yet again - first off the mark - with another time-honored cinephile classic to Blu-ray - Fritz Lang's "M". OMG. It looks magnificent on my system. Framed correctly in-and-around the 1.18:1 pillar-boxed aspect ratio - detail is incredible considering the age of the film. Contrast may be a small notch behind the "City Girl" Blu-ray but that would be my only minor issue with the package and I'm very glad there is no black level boosting - present on most of the DVD renditions. Grain is highly visible giving a wonderfully textured appearance. I can't add much more to the screen captures - especially the additional seven, at the very bottom of the page. It seems a bit of information is cropped from Eureka's 2003 DVD transfer, but it certainly didn't effect my viewing pleasure. This film is a visual feast and wonderful to own in high-definition. As the resolution increases - we've noticed in past reviews that speckles and light scratches, under the surface, also become a shade more prominent BUT this is an exceptionally clean appearance. 

Audio on "M" has always been a bit problematic but this new lossless DTS-HD Master (original German) 2.0 channel at 1564 kbps ads a distinct layer to the depth and clarity of the film's sound. It is a real improvement. One of the best touches to "M" though - is the silence - the many scenes where the actions create suspense by telling more of the story than the dialogue. It is more free of hiss, pops and audio glitches than I have heard before. This track is pretty sweet. Both commentaries are lossless as well. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified The Masters of Cinema disc as being region 'B'-locked.

Supplements are quite serious as well - we get two audio commentaries. Previously found on the Criterion, recorded in 2004, by German film scholars Anton Kaes, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, and Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M . The other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber (supervisor of the 2001 restoration), filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich - author of Fritz Lang in America, historian Torsten Kaiser and substantial excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 audio interviews with Lang - recorded in 2003 as found on the Eureka DVD from that year. As a keen curiosity we get the original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety in HD, recently rediscovered after 70 years, featuring different actors, alternate takes and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English running 1:32:48. It's in pretty rough, un-restored condition with plenty of flickering contrast (see captures links below) but film students will find the alterations interesting, if adding nothing relevant to the film experience. We also get Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang ("For Example: Fritz Lang"), a 1968 documentary with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema. It runs over 20-minutes with burned in English subtitles. Finally we gat a mammoth 48-page illustrated booklet, including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills and production drawings.

Many who have region-free Blu-ray capability may wait for the upcoming, May 2010, region 'A'-locked Criterion release available for Pre-order HERE. We will, undoubtedly, compare but for those residing in Region 'B' - this is an easy endorsement and highly recommended purchase. Something about seeing these very old films in HD - is worryingly addictive. After "City Girl" - I craved more. Like a responsive 'pusher' - Masters of Cinema have responded. Please, Mr. Wrigley, may we have more? Buy now.     

 

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ADDITION - Criterion - re-issue (Dec 2004) - These captures were done a long time ago before we perfected the 'first frame' system so I can't 100% vouch for their exactness in regards to matching. They are pretty close though.

 

In my opinion the Criterion is the best image in regards to sharpness and contrast, but it loses some appeal as it is cropped slightly on both edges. The subtitles are superior in appearance to its nearest rival - the Eureka DVD.

 

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At DVDBeaver, we are big fans of Criterion. We think they are hands down the best DVD production company in the world. So when Criterion gets beat out, its news... and in this case they have never been outdone so decisively. In comparison to the October 6th, 2003 Eureka Region 2 disc release, the Criterion shows a much poorer image quality, cropping, darker and substantial damage marks, scratches and lines. I think the Criterion may be zoomed in at times as the cropping is not consistent in many images. Both have the original mono sound. The 2 disc Eureka is full of Extras. Criterion has none. Recent quote:


M (1931, Lang) "We do hope to revisit M sometime in the future, but nothing is definite at this time." - Jon Mulvaney, Aug 2003


BIG thanks to Nick Wrigley of Masters of Cinema for giving us this breakdown of the treatment of the film.

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1931 - 'M' (length 117 minutes) is registered at the Berlin censors office in April. Premiered on May 11th at 111 minutes.

1934 - 'M' banned by Nazis not to be released again for 26 years.

1960 (March) - 'M' re-released, re-edited by a third party with added sounds, dialogue, and generally regarded to be a huge botch up. Shown at 99 minutes.

1995 - restored, but this was a faulty restoration. It was framed incorrectly at 1.33:1 didn't use the best source material and actually included segments from, generally regarded as, an undesirable rehash of Lang's original film. (This is the version Criterion used).

2002 - Martin Koerber definitive restoration (Eureka version). Does not contain any "bits" from the 1960 re-release, and is the most faithful representation of what we know the 1931 release.


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So, as we see , we are almost looking at two different films. It is hard to fault Criterion, as their single layered DVD did come out 5 years before the Eureka. At the time I remember remarking to a friend how wonderful we thought the transfer was. The Eureka disc is very sharp but it is not perfect. Its sharpness and brightness are quite unusual for a film over 70 years old and if we look closely...
it does have some contrast boosting and the "edge-enhancement halos" are evident (Check the grab of the large blackboard - the title "Stullenwerte"). With its flaws I would still recommend it. This is another example for North American film fans to obtain a Region-free player.

NOTE BMG ADDITION (captures since removed): The BMG release has restored and bumped sound (to 2.0), but still looks inferior to me to the Eureka release. I suspect it was from the same transfer though, with Eureka doing a better job of digital cleanup. It should be noted the BMG release has no subtitles.
When you insert the BMG DVD it starts playing a trailer of Der Blaue Engel, also a BMG release. For extra's there are text cards and photo's and a short clip of a German tv show about Fritz Lang (Portrait of Fritz Lang from Kino).

ADDITION (Quote from Torsten Kaiser - Supervisor of the Production and Digital cleanup of the 2003 Eureka DVD )

"The 2003 finalized restoration transfer for the Eureka issue are NOT the same ( as the BMG - UFA ) - and your screenshots tell you as much, too.  As I already mentioned in the audio commentary in some scenes - we did a complete new transfer on a High Definition Spirit Datacine, and corrected all the flaws that the 2002 transfer (which UFA and Arte made their masters from) had, mainly lack of detail, accuracy in sharpness and grey scale and even significant flaws in the digital clean-up.  The image now appears exactly as it does on the 35mm restoration archival protection master print. 

With reference to the issue of "haloes" and "contrast boost" - the former is a flaw not of the transfer or the compression as much as it is one of our PAL (and also NTSC) confines. At 625 line resolution maximum for PAL with only 576 reserved even for 16x9 PAL resolution issues, Standard Definition creates a huge problem when it comes to detail. The halo issue is one of them. These do not exist on 35mm or on High Definition tape. But SD can only handle substantially less in resolution and has to "compress" the lines. If one bit of information is picked up by two lines, you have a nasty flickering effect as the frequencies overlap. The overwhelming majority of major classic releases on DVD are transferred both wetgate and with the aid of the automatic process of Digital Video Noise Reduction, and the image is further "cleaned" by slightly blurring the information in the picture frame.  This allows the companies to save money on the clean-up (as wetgate fills many scratches and makes them "disappear", the same with DVNR which reduces the number of small debris and dirt) and the blur can get rid of moire patterns and crosstalk that result in the flickering - but it also dramatically reduces the resolution and detail of the entire picture frame and robs it of all its texture.     

This is not as it should be. Instead, we did not utilize any of the mentioned processes, making the transfer from the best film element possible without any automatic tools. No blur, either. Now, we could have made a flickering here or there (in scenes wherever it occurs) disappear as well - but what about the rest of the frame, where all the detail is perfectly preserved ?  Should it be sacrificed ?  Should Peter Lorre look soft and out of focus because a very tiny frequency flutter is in the background ?  What about clothing, set design, sign posts ?  It all would have looked dull. That is why I took the consious decision to keep all possible detail intact - why I went for maximum in texture rather than an overall "undisturbed image", the mistake that was done in 2002 - which merely would have been a result of additional technological "fakery" anyway, and would have little to do with what's on the 35mm element. We corrected this in 2003.

Finally, with regard to the "contrast boost" - this is no flaw. This is the actual image from the 35mm element as the scene was lit brighter that the other two transfers falsely indicate. The lighting on the set was bright and gave the chalk on the board a very bright shimmer, and with the limitations of Standard Defintion the appearance is as it comes across.  But there is NO blooming. We checked it several times with reduced contrast levels on the element itself - they did still contain texture.  And tested on a 120 inch screen here at THE LASER EXAMINER the finished DVD looks very good, as does the interview with Fritz Lang (FOR EXAMPLE, FRITZ LANG) on Disc 2, that I also transferred at the same facility.
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 - Gary W. Tooze

 


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