31 Days of Halloween – 006: Nosferatu (1922) Newly Restored, Heading To Theaters – Here’s The Trailer

October marches on, and so does our countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to kind of help get everyone in the spirit of what really is one of my favorite holidays.

Simply put, this is one of those things that makes me go “Oh please! Oh, please! Oh, please!”

Unfortunately, so far I’ve had no indication of when this release will hit US theaters, Masters of Cinema and Eureka being UK-based, but I’m sure it will eventually make at least some US screens. And you can be sure when it does, I’ll pass the info along.

So I’m inspired by this to ask what your favorite horror from the silent era is. Let me know either in the comments below, or over on the Durnmoose Movies Facebook page which can be found here.

Restored and Re-Released – Fritz Lang’s M (1931) To Get Theatrical Tour Thanks to Kino Lorber

Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert, gazing into a sho...
Peter Lorre stops running just long enough to try to figure out how he’s going to get to see the restored version of ‘M’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fritz Lang‘s 1931 masterpiece M is one of those movies that has long been on my “I really just need to sit down and watch that” list, and recently I had a chance to do just that, thanks to a friend loaning me the Criterion DVD version (thanks Justin!) and I’ll be doing a write-up on my impressions of the film soon, but today I got some very exciting news about a newly restored print that appears to soon be making the rounds.

According to this article from the Film Forum website, the film has undergone a complete restoration thanks to the combined efforts of TLEFilms Restoration & Preservation Services (Berlin), Archives Françaises du Film — CNC (Paris) and inPostFactory (Berlin). This is a full 2K restoration, including not only new subtitles, but a full 7 minutes of extra footage that has been missing from previous versions. This newly restored version is to begin touring at the Film Forum with screenings starting March 15th, and presumably will be making the arthouse rounds soon thereafter. Plus I’m sure the announcement of a new Kino Blu-Ray can’t be far behind.

For more info on this newly restored version and the film itself,  (and, if you’re lucky enough to live in New York, to but tickets to the Film Forun screenings) just click the link above or to watch the trailer for the criterion release of the film just click below.

Oh Deer – Bambi Meets Godzilla: The Restoration (2013)

While perhaps not the most obvious choice when one thinks about films in need of restoration, Marv Newland‘s delightfully short animated masterpiece Bambi Meets Godzilla definitely qualifies. Most often seen in versions that appear to be taken from seriously low-resolution multiple-generation vhs copies, it has nonetheless been ranked as number 38 in Jerry Beck’s book The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals. Therefore one has to praise the effort put into updating and preserving it for the digital age by YouTuber  and blogger Coda Shetterly.

Here’s Shetterly’s blog post on the process used to make the restoration: http://kindredcoda.blogspot.com/2013/02/bambi-meets-godzilla-making-of.html

Of course, I could use this as the jumping on point for any number of comments about digital restorations, but I think in this case I’ll just let the results speak for themselves, so, for comparison purposes, here’s the original:

and here’s Shetterly’s restoration:

So what do you think? Do you prefer the admitted nostalgia factor of the original, or the new restoration? Let me know in the comments below.