The Hands of Orlac [Orlac’s Hände) (Blu-ray)

Director: Robert Wiene

Stars: Conrad Veidt

1924 Austria





  • Country: Austria
  • Language: Silent
  • Year: 1924
  • Runtime: 93
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Certificate: TBC
  • Subtitles: Original German language intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Genre: Horror
  • SKU: EKA70427
  • 1 Disc
  • Release Date: Jun 14, 2021
Region: B


Reuniting the star and director of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, The Hands of Orlac [Orlac’s Hände] is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.

Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac’s father is murdered by the dead man’s hands, Orlac begins a steady descent towards madness.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Hands of Orlac for the first time on home video in the UK in a special Blu-ray edition.


  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a restoration of the original film elements by Film Archiv Austria
  • LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Original German language intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Brand new feature length audio commentary with author Stephen Jones and author / critic Kim Newman
  • Brand new video essay by filmmakers David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Alternate presentation of The Hands of Orlac [SD, 110 minutes] – Courtesy of the F. W. Murnau Foundation, a presentation of the film struck from a different print source, featuring alternate takes of certain scenes. Includes a musical score by Paul Mercer.
  • Scene comparisons highlighting some of the differences between the two versions of the film
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Philip Kemp, and Tim Lucas

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