Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 14th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, 1991
Director: Jörg Buttgereit
Writers: Jörg Buttgereit, Franz Rodenkirchen
Cast: Monika M., Mark Reeder, Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Colloseo Schulzendorf, Jörg Buttgereit
BluRay released: February 10th, 2015
Approximate running time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 German, Dolby Digital Stereo German, Dolby Digital Mono German
BluRay Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $34.95
Synopsis: A young woman named Monika gives into her necrophilia urges and digs up the corpse of another like-minded person. At first her world revolves around her obsession that is until one day when she meets a young man named Mark, who does voice over work for Porno films. As time goes by her relationship with Mark grows stronger and not wanting to lose her new found happiness. So she goes out of her way to hide her necrophilia from Mark. Unfortunately all good things eventually come to an end. Will Monika remain with Mark or will she return to obsession for all things dead?
Sequels have long had a reputation for not living up to their predecessors. And in the case of Nekromantik 2 is yet another film that continues a series, but lacks some of the elements which made its predecessor so shocking and more importantly utterly original. And though upon a quick glance these two films do feature man similarities in their plot. Ultimately it is the way in which said subject matter is portrayed in each where they are drastically different.
The plot starts off strong as we are introduced to this film’s protagonists Monika, who is in a graveyard and she is digging up the grave of Rob the protagonist from Nekromantik. This opening set up has a tremendous amount of atmosphere as it is filled with eerie imagery and devoid of any dialog. It is once the dialog starts to flow that things take a slight detour. From there the film spend almost half of its running time focusing on Monika and Mark’s love affair. And it is not until this film finale that things get back to where one would expect them to be considering the subject matter at hand.
From a production stand point this film is way more polished than its predecessor which had a rough around the edges look to it. And at just over one hundred minutes there are several stretches where the film tends to drag. Besides the aforementioned opening set up, another stand out moment visually includes the finale where Monika is forced to choose between Mark and necrophilia? Ironically this is the scene that comes closest to capturing the essence of what makes Nekromantik so special.
Nekromantik 2 comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This film has been given a brand new HD transfer sourced from the original 16mm negatives and the end result is easily the best this film has looked to date on home video. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels look very good and details look crisp throughout. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with three audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in German, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in German and a Dolby Digital mono mix in German. You can’t go wrong with any of these audio mixes as they all are in great shape. Dialog is always clear enough to follow, everything sounds balanced and range wise things sound very good throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include, two postcards, an extensive stills gallery and trailers for Nekromantik (2 minutes 1 second – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), Der Todesking (2 minutes 21 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), Nekromantik 2 (1 minute 5 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), Schramm (1 minute 31 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive) and Hot Love (1 minute 10 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive).
Other extras include an option to play a brief introduction with Jörg Buttgereit before the film (1 minute 36 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, in English), outtakes (11 minutes 4 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), a music video for a group called Half Girl titled ‘Lemmy, I’m A Feminist’ (3 minutes 8 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), 20th Anniversary Live Concert performance of the film score performed by Monika M. and Friends (11 minutes 44 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive), a short film also directed by Jörg Buttgereit titled ‘A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein’ (2 minutes 4 seconds – – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), an optional to listen to the complete score for the film (57 minutes 30 seconds) and a live performance of the score (47 minutes 10 seconds), a featurette titled ‘The Making of Nekromantik 2’ (26 minutes 36 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive, in English) and an audio commentary with director / co-screenwriter Jörg Buttgereit, co-screenwriter Franz Rodenkirchen and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder.
Topics discussed in the ‘Making of’ featurette include, what he likes most about Nekromantik 2, why he wanted to make a sequel and why he chose a woman as its lead character, how Nekromantik 2 is a warmer experience than its predecessor, designing the corpse used in the film and cast reflections on the role they played in the film.
Topics discussed in this lively audio commentary include, they joke about how people complained that on their commentary track for Schramm that they had too thick of German accents, the reason why Bernd Daktari Lorenz did not return for the sequel, the film’s score, casting decisions and the difficulty they had in finding an actress for the lead role, how this film was banned in Germany and its subsequent court battles and this film’s ending. Also everyone speaks in English and all the participants are obviously having a lot of fun as they are constantly laughing as reminiscent about the roles they played in this film. Overall Nekromantik 2 gets a solid release from Cult Epics.
Note: Cult Epics are also releasing this film on DVD.