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Kino Classics Releases F.W. Murnau’s FAUST to Blu-ray

A plague threatens to completely decimate an entire village, and desperate for a cure, Faust makes a deal with the demon Mephisto.  In exchange for his soul, Faust is not only granted a cure, but also his youth. What he doesn’t realize is that the fate of the world is entangled in the deal.

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Murnau’s adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s story of FAUST is a visual masterpiece of epic proportions. German director F.W. Murnau is also known for helming the classics NOSFERATU and SUNRISE. Made in 1926 by the German production company UFA, it was the most expensive film they had ever produced until 1927’s METROPOLIS.

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On sale now from Kino Classics, the Blu-ray edition is an amazing restoration of the original German release, digitally restored from 35mm archival elements. Special features include the 53-minute documentary THE LANGUAGE OF SHADOWS: FAUST by Luciano Berriatua, test footage from Ernst Lubitsch’s canceled production MARGUERITE AND FAUST, a piano score by Javier Perez de Azpeitia, and an orchestral score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. This release also contains a bonus DVD of a longer 1930 alternate cut of the film.

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