Vampyr: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1932) / Region A
Vampyr: The Criterion Collection

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Vampyr: The Criterion Collection

Allan Gray arrives late in the evening to a secluded riverside inn in the hamlet of Courtempierre. An old man enters his room, puts a sealed parcel on the table, blurts out that some woman mustn't die, and disappears. Gray senses in this a call for help. He puts the parcel in his pocket, and goes out. Eerie shadows lead him into an old house, where he encounters a weird village doctor. The doctor receives a bottle of poison from a strange, old woman. Through the window of an old castle Grey recognizes the old man from the inn. A shadow shoots the man, who drops dead. Inside the house Grey finds his two daughters, Gisle and Lone, and some servants. He opens the parcel, and finds an old book about vampires. Lone is seriously ill after being bitten by a vampire. Instead of helping her, the village doctor places the bottle of poison at her bedside table, and then abducts her sister Gisle. An old servant starts reading the old book, and finds out that the vampire in Courtempierre is a ...


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 23 2017
  • Production Year 1932
  • Empire SKU 1931334
  • UPC Code 715515204910
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


High-definition digital transfer of the original German version of the film, from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Alternate version with English text
Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
Carl Th. Dreyer, a 1966 documentary by Jorgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career
Video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr
Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg
AND: A book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story 'Carmilla,'; a source for the film


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      Widescreen 2.00:1 B&W

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