One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive UHD edition, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.
At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever in its UK debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray.
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation from the extensive restoration completed by FWMS in 2014
- Score by Cornelius Schwer (2014) – LPCM stereo and 5.1 surround options
- Score by Uwe Dierksen & Hermann Kretzschmar (2019) – LPCM stereo
- Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
- Audio commentary by Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby
- Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
- The Asylum in Film – interview with author / critic Kim Newman
- You Must Become Caligari – video essay by film critic David Cairns
- Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War – 52 minute documentary on the cultural and historical impact of the film
- On The Restoration – three short video pieces on the film's restoration
- A collector’s booklet featuring vintage writing on the film by Lotte H. Eisner; an original Variety review of the film; and rare imagery