Werner Herzog fans will want to read through this item as quickly as possible and then click here while there’s still time. Shout! Factory just announced a limited edition Blu-ray set containing 16 of Herzog’s best films, packaged with an attractive booklet and a nice set of bonus features. Only 5,000 copies are planned, and the first 100 orders will be signed by Herzog. (Or I should say the first 99, because at least one of those signed copied has just been purchased by me.) List price is $159.99. The set will be out July 29, although people who order directly through the Shout! Factory site will get theirs shipped on July 15.
From his early days as part of the German New Wave, Herzog earned a reputation as a filmmaker interested in an unusual level of realism. He’s always been drawn to larger than life characters: explorers, industrialists, outsiders, and the like. And he’s tried to re-create the circumstances of their stories so faithfully that his feature films have the quality of documentaries, while his documentaries often feel staged and somewhat unreal. The films in this set are among the best and most significant of the 1970s and 1980s, which makes the set itself one that most cinephiles are probably going to want. If you count yourself among the covetous, I’d jump on this.
Here are the pertinent details about the set itself, from Shout! Factory’s press release:
Herzog: The Collection includes:
Even Dwarfs Started Small
Land Of Silence And Darkness
Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser
Heart Of Glass
Nosferatu The Vampyre
Ballad Of Little Soldier
Where The Green Ants Dream
Lessons Of Darkness
Little Dieter Needs To Fly
My Best Fiend
- English Audio Commentaries: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Strozek and Cobra Verde.
- German Audio commentaries: Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Where the Green Ants Dream.
- In Conversation - Werner Herzog and Laurens Straub (in German with English Subtitles)
- The Making of Nosferatu The Vampyre
- Portrait: Werner Herzog documentary
- Herzog In Africa documentary
- Theatrical Trailers