Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > DVD Reviews and Recommendations
Reload this Page >

Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

DVD Reviews and Recommendations Read, Post and Request DVD Reviews.

Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Old 10-06-09, 11:29 PM
  #1  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
Thread Starter
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,415
Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7


IMDB link for Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)

Selection made by Trevor, with an assist from Chad.

These "2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day #" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 Films in 31 Days subset.

General discussion on the 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge goes here, your list for the Challenge goes here.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day. You may start discussion early if you want, but the preferred plan is for this to be as much of a group exercise as possible, with all of us viewing it "together" and discussing after.

Of course, you are totally encouraged to participate in these threads even if you haven't watched the movie on the designated day. Even if you haven't watched it in years, or are not participating in the Horror Challenge, please feel free to chime in.

Spoiler tags will not be needed, as it will be expected that anyone here has seen the film.

Do not read this thread if you have not seen the film, unless you don't mind the ending being spoiled for you.
Trevor is online now  
Old 10-07-09, 02:03 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
clckworang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: The toe nail of Texas
Posts: 7,310
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

I guess I'll kick off the discussion a little bit early because I watched this one a little early. This wasn't my first time watching this movie, and I have to say that while I really respect the film, I don't think I like it as much as I feel like I should (if that makes sense). There's certainly a lot to admire in the film. Dreyer was definitely a master craftsman. The Passion of Joan of Arc is such a gorgeous film (I know, I know, off topic).

But the more I think about this movie, the more I wonder how much of my apathy for it comes from the DVD itself. I still have the old Image DVD for this movie, and it's simply one of the most horrid DVDs I have ever seen in my life. The picture quality is awful, the sound is worse and the subtitles used in this movie are without a doubt the worst that I've ever seen used for a film in any medium. The font is barely readable (sometimes it really isn't), and when it is used for dialogue, the subtitles are contained in a large box that covers part of the picture. Now, I do understand the print was badly damaged and what the ravages of time can do to a film, especially one from this time. I know it's not all Image's fault, but the disc is pretty embarrassing.

I'm going to try to make an effort to seek out either the Criterion or MOC version of this film after the challenge because I just don't think I'm getting anywhere near the impact from this movie that I should be.
clckworang is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 02:51 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 922
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

I respect it, but I wasn't a fan.
Darkgod is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 03:29 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
SethDLH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 5,716
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

I plan on watching this one in a bit, having seen it before I'm a fan of it, though to get any deeper into discussion I'll have to wait to watch it tonight. Thinking of watching with the commentary this time.
SethDLH is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 04:23 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nightmare Alley
Posts: 17,112
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Originally Posted by clckworang View Post
But the more I think about this movie, the more I wonder how much of my apathy for it comes from the DVD itself.
That Image disc is an abomination, one of the worst ever produced. Those subtitles! Watching the MoC disc (though the Criterion is basically identical) was really night and day, like viewing the film for the first time. I think you'll appreciate the film much more with a proper version.
NoirFan is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 05:33 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
SethDLH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 5,716
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Just finished watching Vampyr with commentary by Tony Rayns. The commentary track was somewhat informative if not boring for the most part. Rayns did add some interesting facts in there about how Dreyer came in contact with some of the actors and the like and the track did aid in deciphering exactly what Dreyer was doing with his editing techniques and scenes that didn't quite add up.

While I liked the movie the first time I saw it, mainly for its visuals, I appreciate it more now while still enjoying it.
SethDLH is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 08:27 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lost Highway
Posts: 1,117
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

(I'm posting tonight because my internet access is limited-to-none)

Excellent choice, Trevor. I think this was my most enjoyed movie yet for the challenge. I’m glad I saved it for today.

So, I am absolutely in love with this film. The framing is perfectly crafted and executed. Every moment is art, each scene a tapestry of film eye-candy. And we’re talking real sugar in that candy, none of that high-fructose stuff.

Some quick points of observation:

- The “angel” hotel sign really set the mood, and I knew I was in for something special upon seeing that.
- The lighting was wonderful. Even with the difficulties this film has faced through the years, it is quite evident that great care was taken in the cinema photography.
- Shadow play: This is the best I’ve ever seen. Not gimmicky at all, almost revolutionary, even for today.
- One of my favorite segments was the backwards shoveling. No reason for it, but what a great effect. It added real horror to the film’s setting.
- Bravo for the soundtrack! Absolutely love it.
- Those two estate daughters are beautiful. Maybe the most sensuous of any vampire movie.
- My only complaint is I wished that Criterion had opted for yellow subtitles. The white is sometimes impossible to read.
- Criterion did a great job on the packaging and the DVD itself. Gets my award for best DVD cover ever.

My eyes were glued to the screen the entire time.

Thanks, Trevor.
Dick Laurent is offline  
Old 10-07-09, 08:54 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
SethDLH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 5,716
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Originally Posted by Dick Laurent View Post
(I'm posting tonight because my internet access is limited-to-none)

Excellent choice, Trevor. I think this was my most enjoyed movie yet for the challenge. Iím glad I saved it for today.

So, I am absolutely in love with this film. The framing is perfectly crafted and executed. Every moment is art, each scene a tapestry of film eye-candy. And weíre talking real sugar in that candy, none of that high-fructose stuff.

Some quick points of observation:

- The ďangelĒ hotel sign really set the mood, and I knew I was in for something special upon seeing that.
- The lighting was wonderful. Even with the difficulties this film has faced through the years, it is quite evident that great care was taken in the cinema photography.
- Shadow play: This is the best Iíve ever seen. Not gimmicky at all, almost revolutionary, even for today.

- One of my favorite segments was the backwards shoveling. No reason for it, but what a great effect. It added real horror to the filmís setting.
- Bravo for the soundtrack! Absolutely love it.
- Those two estate daughters are beautiful. Maybe the most sensuous of any vampire movie.
- My only complaint is I wished that Criterion had opted for yellow subtitles. The white is sometimes impossible to read.
- Criterion did a great job on the packaging and the DVD itself. Gets my award for best DVD cover ever.

My eyes were glued to the screen the entire time.

Thanks, Trevor.
I bolded the points I couldn't agree with anymore. The grave "un-digger" was fantastic, I also loved the peg-leg shadow by the lake. My only complaint with the Criterion disc is what you mentioned, the subtitles are sometimes tough to read due to them blending in with words on the screen. Yellow would have been a better choice.
SethDLH is offline  
Old 10-08-09, 11:23 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
dhmac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Kissimmee, Florida
Posts: 7,003
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

"Vampyr" is available for viewing on NetFlix online streaming

(if you have a NetFlix account, that is)
dhmac is offline  
Old 10-08-09, 12:23 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Larry C.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Let's Go Heat!
Posts: 7,495
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Gonna watch this for the first time in a couple of hours. Thx dhmac for alerting me to the watch instantly.
Larry C. is offline  
Old 10-11-09, 05:05 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Darth Maher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Haddonfield, Illinois
Posts: 2,245
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

I tried to get this from my library, but was not available... couldn't even get it from another library. But I'm planning to DVR this when it comes on TCM (I believe) later this month.
Darth Maher is offline  
Old 10-12-09, 11:29 AM
  #12  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
Thread Starter
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,415
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Originally Posted by Dick Laurent View Post
Thanks, Trevor.
You're welcome, but most of the thanks goes to Chad. I just wanted to pick something old to counterbalance all the modern choices, and wasn't sure what to pick until Chad seconded this.

Have to admit that this is a film that I'll need to watch once or twice more before really understanding it.

I think I loved it, but was a bit tired when I viewed it for the first time the other night. My silly OCD about the checklist forced me to move onto something else, when I otherwise wanted to immediately hit the play button a second time. Looking forward to fully exploring the supplements and watching it again soon.
Trevor is online now  
Old 10-24-09, 10:03 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
smashthesymbols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 2,080
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Originally Posted by clckworang View Post
I have to say that while I really respect the film, I don't think I like it as much as I feel like I should (if that makes sense).
Makes perfect sense to me. I just finished watching it for the first time and feel basically the same way.

That Image DVD you mention appears to be what Netflix has used for their stream. Those subtitles are absolutely awful. If there had been much dialogue in the movie I'd have given up.
smashthesymbols is offline  
Old 10-26-09, 12:36 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 850
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Just watched this a few days ago and it's one of the most beautiful movies I've seen. It doesn't make sense to me as a story yet, but it was my first time watching it, so I'm sure I'll learn more upon multiple viewings. But I think eveyrone should watch it at least once just to take in all the beautiful photography. The scene where Gray sees himself in the coffin was spooky, yet so gorgeous. The entire movie is stunning.
Burgundy LaRue is offline  
Old 11-01-09, 08:07 AM
  #15  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
Thread Starter
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 34,415
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

Originally Posted by Burgundy LaRue View Post
Just watched this a few days ago and it's one of the most beautiful movies I've seen. It doesn't make sense to me as a story yet, but it was my first time watching it, so I'm sure I'll learn more upon multiple viewings. But I think eveyrone should watch it at least once just to take in all the beautiful photography. The scene where Gray sees himself in the coffin was spooky, yet so gorgeous. The entire movie is stunning.
Yes, this is the one movie that I watched last month that demands to be re-visited. If it wasn't for the Challenge, I would have watched it again immediately. In a few weeks when I'm in the mood for horror again, I will re-visit this and make more of an effort to understand and fully appreciate it.

Dreyer's film Ordet is perhaps my all-time favorite film, so I anticipate growing to love Vampyr.
Trevor is online now  
Old 08-07-12, 11:43 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
joeblow69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Palm Springs
Posts: 8,657
Re: Vampyr reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 7

So this is quite the bump, but I just saw the criterion version of this on Hulu ... I liked it a lot, but I don't think I understood some of it.

What was the deal with the shadow people dancing at the beginning? And that part near the end in the casket, was that a dream? or a premonition? or what?
joeblow69 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.