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A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

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SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET: * Restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) * Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M, and Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife * The long-lost English-language version of M, from a nitrate print preserved by the British Film Institute (on the Blu-ray edition) * Conversation with Fritz Lang, a 50-minute film by William Friedkin * Claude Chabrol’s M le maudit, a short film inspired by M, plus a video interview with Chabrol about Lang’s filmmaking techniques * Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal * Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history, set to clips from the film * Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration * Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and production sketches * Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, the script for a missing scene, three contemporaneous newspaper articles, and a 1963 interview with Lang

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