Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called years of crisis between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang s M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.
Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin...
Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.
Special Edition Contents:
New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
New translated English subtitles
The Tender Wolf - a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel
Brand-new interview with director of photography JÃ¼rgen JÃ¼rges
Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns
Product Information Specifications for Tenderness Of The Wolves (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] Below:
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Brand: Image Entertainment
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Manufacturer: Impulse Pictures
Brand: Ryko Distribution
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Manufacturer: Bayview Entertainment
First time on Blu-ray! Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot, Camille Claudel, Diabolique) stars in this Jean Becker (Children of the Marshland, Conversations with My Gardener) directed tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and madness that's in the tradition of Swimming Pool and Open Your Eyes. Eliane (Isabelle Adjani), a beautiful young woman, settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother and physically handicapped father. Traumatized by her knowledge that her mother was raped by three men before she was born, Eliane thinks she's on a trail of vengeance when she's courted by a young garage mechanic (Alain Souchon), whose father has the only clue to the identity of her mother's aggressors. But as the story unfolds in Rashomon-like flashbacks and narrations, the tale becomes increasingly complex and leads inexorably to a stunning conclusion. One Deadly Summer (L'ete Meurtrier) was the winner of 4 Cesar Awards, including Best Actress for Isabelle Adjani. Newly-remastered in high definition! In French with English subtitles. Bonus features include: 1983 Cannes Film Festival Interview with Isabelle Adjani, vintage interview with director Jean Becker, 2007 interview with director Jean Becker, Original Trailer, Still photo gallery.