“Fitzcarraldo” comes to Blu-Ray in January

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Werner Herzog’s magnetic movie Fitzcarraldo will make it to Blu-Ray for the first time in January, courtesy of the good folks at Shout! Factory.

Iquitos is a town isolated in the middle of the jungle in Peru. At the turn of the century, one resident of the small town, “Fitzcarraldo” as the natives call him, has his dream of bringing together Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt for one great celebration of Grand Opera.

To finance this fantastic dream, Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski) decides to exploit a vast area of rubber trees growing beyond the impassable Ucayala Falls. To circumvent this barrier, he literally has his huge steamboat lifted over a mountain from one branch of the river to the other.

With the aid of a tribe of Indians bewitched by records featuring the voice of the greatest singer of all time, Enrico Caruso, Fitzcarraldo fights fever, mosquitos and suffocating heat to achieve the impossible…

The release will also contain a Commentary Track moderated by Norman Hill, featuring Producer/Director Werner Hezog, and Producer Lucki Stipetic.
A Second Commentary Track will also be included, featuring Werner Herzog in a German conversation with Laurens Straub. This German commentary will be supplemented by subtitles.

The movie’s Theatrical Trailer will also be included.

“Fitzcarraldo” will work its way into stores on January 13 for $19.97.

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