Fritz Lang’s Das Testament Des Dr Mabuse (The Testament Of Dr Mabuse) will be available to buy on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world when it is released in the UK on 24 September 2012.
The film is being sold in a SteelBook case as part of Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema series. It is also available in a dual-format edition that includes both DVD & Blu-ray copies.
A 1080p HD transfer of the film is presented in its original aspect ratio on the Blu-ray and there are optional English subtitles.
The package also includes a feature-length audio commentary by film scholar and Fritz Lang expert David Kalat and a lavish booklet featuring rare archival imagery.
Lang (Metropolis, M, The Big Heat) saw his film banned in Germany by Nazi Josef Goebbels on the grounds that it might incite terrorism against the state.
In the astonishing second instalment in the German master’s legendary Mabuse series, it’s been eleven years since the downfall of arch-criminal and master-of-disguise Dr Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), who is now sequestered in an asylum under the watchful eye of one Professor Baum (Oskar Beregi).
Mabuse exists in a state of catatonic graphomania, his only action the irrepressible scribbling of blueprints that would realise a seemingly theoretical ‘Empire of Crime’. But when a series of violent events courses through the city, police and populace alike start to wonder who is behind it and the answer borders on the realm of the impossible.