Herzog and Klaus Kinski worked together on five films over 15 years.
Their relationship ranged between love and hate, with both men plotting
to murder each other at times - but ultimately they produced some
amazing films. In Aguirre
(1972), Kinski plays a Spanish Conquistador, drifting down the Amazon
with a gradually decreasing bunch of soldiers, who is gradually going
crazy and eventually becomes insane, declaring himself the Wrath of
God. It marked an important step for Herzog who previously had only
directed art-house films. Nosferatu and Woyzeck (1979) were shot back to back and represted Herzog's tribute to classic German literature and cinema. Fitzcarraldo
(1982) saw Herzog go mainstream and represents the closest he got to
Hollywood style film-making - it tells the story of a man who dragged a
boat over a mountain to achieve his dream - famously, Herzog actually
moved a real boat to shoot the film, and it looks amazing. Their final
co-production, Cobra Verde (1987) sees Kinski almost burnt out and is the least of their works together, but it is still a fascinating film. My Best Fiend
(1999) was shot 8 years after Kinski's death and represents Herzog's
tribute to their work together with lots of archive clips and stories
about the man.
Herzog Kinski collection includes two of the best films ever made as
well as three films that are worth watching. It comes recommended.
The Films - links to individual film reviews where available.
All films are in Original Aspect Ratios (from 1.33 to 1.85) and the widescreen films are Anamorphically Enhanced. The
picture qualities are generally good with minimal damage, although the
transfers are poor - there is a general softness in all the films
probably the result of the NTSC - PAL conversion. The R1 American discs
are much sharper.
German and English tracks are provided for the films (Woyzeck is German only). There are some 5.1 tracks provided, although these are rather flat remixes.
English subtitles are provided for all the films.
All the discs include theatrical trailers, all but Woyzeck and My Best Fiend have interesting audio commentaries.
Cardboard box contains 6 thin-pak DVD cases. Fitzcarraldo and Nosferatu are available individually.
Mix of Region 0 and Region 2 - PAL
films are available in an identical boxset in America with better
picture quality. There are some other single disc releases.
All films are believed to be fully uncut.
A fascinating heritage of film making, and some of the best films of all time. Highly recommended.
A mixed set, many suffering from bad transfers compared to the identical American boxset.