On 22 August, Eureka! Entertainment is releasing Early Murnau: Five Films, 1921-1925 on its Masters of Cinema label in the UK. As its name might suggest, the deluxe three-disc Blu-ray set includes five masterpieces from German director F.W. Murnau - Schloß Vogelöd, Phantom, Die Finanzen des Großherzogs (The Grand Duke’s Finances), Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) and Tartuffe - all arriving on Blu-ray in new high definition transfers for the very first time.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to pick up this set, the supplements have now been revealed to further whet your appetite:
New high-definition presentations of all five films, created by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Uncompressed PCM audio on all five scores
Original German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles on all films
The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute video piece by Luciano Berriatúa on the early works of Murnau
Audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat on The Grand Duke’s Finances
The Making of The Last Laugh, a 41-minute documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa
Tartuffe: The Lost Film, a 37-minute documentary by Berriatúa
A 100-page book featuring writing by Charles Jameux, Lotte H. Eisner, Janet Bergstrom, Tony Rayns, and archival imagery
Personally, that accompanying book would be worth picking up on its own, but collected together with new restorations of these five early masterpieces from one of the principle architects of cinema as we know it makes this set an absolutely essential purchase.