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LOVE & DEATH: THE FILMS OF JÖRG BUTTGEREIT 4 DISC COLLECTION (ARROW FILMS)

LOVE & DEATH: THE FILMS OF JÖRG BUTTGEREIT 4 DISC COLLECTION (ARROW FILMS)

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Controversial, crazy, shocking, disturbing… Using any of those words to describe horror director Jörg Buttgereit’s output would be putting it mildly! Over the years, the Berlin based filmmaker has created some of the genre’s most graphic and twisted films and cemented his reputation as one of cult cinema’s grisliest auteurs.

Arrow Video invites you to feast your eyes upon four of Buttgereit’s most infamous works: Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2 and Schramm.

 

Production Year: 1987
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 18
Running Time: 71 / 75 / 103 / 65 mins
Number of Discs: 4
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Colour: Colour

 

4-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of four films by Jörg Buttgereit: Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2 and Schramm
  • Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio for all films and additional Mono audio option for Nekromantik
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Special Edition packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx and reversible sleeves featuring artwork by Godmachine and Gilles Vranckx

DISC ONE: NEKROMANTIK

  • Two additional short films by Jörg Buttgereit: Hot Love (1985) [29 mins] and J.B.’s Horror Heaven (1984) [23 mins] with optional English subtitles
  • Nekromantik audio commentary with Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen 
  • Hot Love audio commentary with Buttgereit
  • Horror Heaven audio commentary with Buttgereit
  • Director’s Introduction to Nekromantik
  • Alternative “Grindhouse” version of Nekromantik, transferred from the only existing 35mm print
  • In Conversation with The Death King – an interview with Buttgereit
  • Morbid Fascination: The Nekromantik Legacy – a documentary looking at the impact of the film on the horror scene both in the UK and abroad, featuring interviews with Buttgereit, genre critic Alan Jones, Buttgereit biographer David Kerekes and others
  • Q&A with Jörg Buttgereit recorded at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • The Making of Nekromantik – a vintage documentary featuring a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage, viewable with two different audio tracks: an English commentary with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and Kerekes, and a German-language audio track featuring radio interviews with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and producer Manfred Jelinski
  • Nekromantik Featurette – a look back at the film’s production, featuring interviews with Buttgereit and Jelinski, produced for the film’s 10-year anniversary German VHS release
  • Nekromantik Premiere – a short featurette comprising footage from the film’s premiere in Berlin, January 1988
  • “Das Letzte” – a short featurette comprising footage from the 1985 premiere of Hot Love
  • Two Buttgereit-directed music videos: ‘I Can’t Let Go’ by Shock Therapy (1995) and ‘Lemmy I’m a Feminist’ by Half Girl (2013)
  • Complete collection of Buttgereit film trailers: Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2 and Schramm
  • Extensive image gallery including behind-the-scenes stills and the rare, surrealist German-language Nekromantik comic by Berlin artist Fil, reproduced in its entirety

DISC TWO: DER TODESKING

  • Audio commentary by Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • From Bundy to Lautréamont – Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with journalist Graham Rae at the 2016 Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films
  • Todesmusik – composer Hermann Kopp on his numerous collaborations with Jörg Buttgereit
  • Skeleton Under the Skin – journalist and Buttgereit fan Graham Rae on Todesking tattoo culture
  • The Making of Der Todesking – a vintage documentary viewable with both an English-language and a German-language audio track with English subtitles
  • Eating the Corpse – footage from the original 1990 Berlin premiere
  • “The Letter” – alternate English-language chain letter insert used for the original UK VHS release
  • Corpse Fucking Art – 1992 documentary comprising the making of Nekromantik, Der Todesking and Nekromantik 2
  • Two short films by producer Manfred O. Jelinski: Die Reise ins Licht (1972, 27 mins) viewable with optional audio commentary, and Geliebter Wahnsinn (1973, 7 mins)
  • Der Gollob (1983, 25 mins) – a short film by Jörg Buttgereit, viewable with optional director’s audio commentary
  • Extensive Image Gallery
  • Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery

DISC THREE: NEKROMANTIK 2

  • Audio commentary with Buttgereit, co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder
  • Introduction to the film with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and producer Manfred Jelinski
  • Masters of Life and Death – a documentary looking at the film’s production and release history, featuring interviews with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and Jelinski
  • City of the Loving Dead – a walking tour of some of the original Berlin locations with Reeder and Jelinsk
  • Necropolis: Jörg Buttgereit’s Berlin – film scholar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger on the significance of the German capital as the backdrop for Nekromantik 2
  • The Making of Nekromantik 2 – a vintage documentary viewable with two different audio tracks: an English track comprising audio interviews with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and Monika M., and a German track featuring radio interviews with Buttgereit and Rodenkirchen, with optional English subtitles
  • Nekro Waltz: The Music of Nekromantik 2 – actor and composer Reeder discusses his work on the film’s score
  • Outtakes Reel
  • Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – footage from the 20th anniversary Nekromantik 2 concert, with Monika M. and friends performing the live score
  • Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert – the complete 20-track audio recording of the concert [BD-ROM content]
  • Two Buttgereit short films: Bloody Excess in the Leader’s Bunker (Blutige Exzesse im Führerbunker, 1982) and A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein (2012)
  • Two Buttgereit-directed music videos: ‘Rise Up’ by Die Krupps (1997), starring Monika M., and ‘Die Frau in der Musik’ by Stereo Total (2007)
  • Complete collection of Buttgereit feature film trailers
  • Extensive image gallery

DISC FOUR: SCHRAMM

  • Archival audio commentary with director/co-writer Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • Archival audio commentary with actors Florian Koerner Von Gustorf and Monika M
  • The Making of Schramm – archival behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Q&A with Jörg Buttgereit, producer/cinematographer Manfred Jelinski, Monika M. and David Kerekes, author of Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit, filmed at a 1994 UK screening of Schramm
  • Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt (2019, 8 mins) – animated short film sequel to Schramm made by award-winning filmmaker and stop-motion artist Robert Morgan
  • Making Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt – a brief look behind the making of the short film
  • Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt premiere featurette
  • Schramm: Redux – option to watch Schramm and its sequel Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt as a single, continuous feature
  • Take My Body: The Journey of a Blow-up Doll – author Kier-La Janisse on the strange and fascinating story behind one of Schramm’s most memorable props
  • Buttgereit: Into the Mind of a Cult Filmmaker – Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with Ewan Cant at the 2019 Offscreen Film Festival
  • Mein Papi (1981-95, 8 mins) – short film by Jörg Buttgereit offering a highly personal account of the life and death of his father, viewable with optional director commentary
  • Jesus – Der Film (1986, 1 min) – a short piece directed by Jörg Buttgereit as part of a 1986 experimental movie of the same name by German filmmaker Michael Bynntrup
  • Two short films by Manfred Jelinski: Orpheus in der Oberwelt (1970, 31 mins) and Ein Ku’ze’ Film übe’ Hambu’g (1990, 5 mins)
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery