Nekromantik 2 – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

When you’re Jörg Buttgereit and you’ve already made the artsy loving-a-corpse gorefest Nekromantik, then what’s left for you to do? More of the same but better, obviously. So a twisted nurse digs up the corpse of the first film’s necrophile protagonist and has her way with it, but soon finds herself forced to choose between her living boyfriend and her dead one.

The Film Itself

Whereas Nekromantik was seemingly aiming to shock first and ask questions later, Nekromantik 2 does a much better job of raising the sorts of questions of love and degeneration that so obviously fascinate Buttgereit. Still it suffers from many of the same flaws as the first film – in particular, a tendency towards totally irrelevant scenes that pad the runtime – but it is haunting and hard to forget.

Audio and Visuals

The eerily beautiful score sounds more fantastic than ever, and the previously grainy visuals now flower on high-definition Blu-Ray. You won’t believe a film with this subject matter can look this good.

70 Presentation

The artwork is, as usual with Arrow, reversible, and the old artwork is better than the new by the way.

Extras

Despite having come out in 1991 on a tiny budget, the film seems like it was made for Blu-Ray, with heaps of extras: we can watch an introduction to the film; “Masters of Life and Death”, a new documentary on the film; or “The Making of Nekromantik 2”, which is an old documentary on the making of the film, in English or German; “City of the Loving Dead”, in which old chums Mark Reeder (the male lead) and director Buttgereit stroll around the film’s original Berlin locations as they appear today; “Necropolis”, in which film scholar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger discusses his thesis that the real film of the theme is Berlin itself; “Nekro Waltz”, with star Reeder discussing the film’s score (which he also composed); footage of the Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert; the not-life-changing Buttgereit short films “Bloody Excess in the Leader’s Bunker” and “A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein” and the similarly not-life-changing Buttgereit music videos “Rise Up” (Die Krupps) and “Die Frau in der Musik” (Stereo Total); plus many outtakes, stills, and trailers.

Overall

The film itself is bizarre and will be offputting to many, but with a set this good the question is almost irrelevant whether the film itself is any good.

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