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 restoration, 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 this new Dual-Format special edition.
New high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
Option of Stereo and 5.1 surround scores
Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
New and exclusive audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
You Must Become Caligari - New 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
Trailer for the release of the new restoration of the film
44-PAGE BOOKLET featuring vintage writing on the film by Lotte H. Eisner; an original Variety review of the film; and rare imagery