The heroes over at Shout! Factory have recently announced that they’ll be remastering and releasing 16—count ’em, 16—films by Werner Herzog in several formats both physical and digital. Shout! will be releasing titles chiefly from Herzog’s 70s and ’80s back catalog, when the Bavaria-born director was still largely working in German (if not necessarily in Germany, jungles feature pretty heavily in some of these pictures), and their list includes both documentaries, shorts and feature films.
Per the official announcement, these “include FITZCARRALDO, AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER, WOYZECK, HEART OF GLASS, COBRA VERDE, STROSZEK, FATA MORGANA, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, LESSONS OF DARKNESS, BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER, LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS as well as several other acclaimed titles.” Anyone with a grasp of counting will conclude that “several” here equals three, and they are: “Where The Green Ants Dream,” “My Best Friend,” and “Even Dwarfs Start Small.”
In the meantime, should you need getting in the mood for these re-releases (and really, you already should be, but we’ll let it go this one time), we have some trailers right here. And by some, we mean nine of them. Right here, right now, from the “up insanity creek without an El Dorado” brilliance of “Aguirre: The Wrath Of God” and “Fitzcarraldo,” through the dark and bitter strangeness of 19th century Germany in “Heart of Glass” and “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser,” to the enigmatic beauty of the documentary “Lessons Of Darkness”.
We couldn’t find trailers for all of them, but these nine are a good teaser of what’s to come. We dare you to watch all these trailers at once, but we offer no guarantees about your sanity afterwards…