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Tue, 3 Sep 2002 11:20:48 EDT
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Milestone Film & Video announces the release
F. W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty's "TABU: A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEAS" on DVD!

Available now for $29.95 plus $5.00 Shipping and Handling in the US
$6.00 S/H for Canada and Overseas

Collector's Edition with the original theatrical trailer, stills gallery,
rare outtakes and commentary track.

"A masterpiece! TABU is a symphony of sun, moon, sand and waves." - Michael
Sragow, The New Yorker

"You can practically smell the frangipani blossoms from the gorgeous, silvery
tonalities of the new print. TABU is the most sensual of Murnau's films. A
Masterpiece!"  - Scott Eyman, Film Comment

Dear Friends of Milestone,

Milestone is proud to announce the long-awaited Image Entertainment DVD
release of the Oscar®-winning TABU. Filmed entirely in Tahiti, TABU
represents an unusual collaboration between legendary directors F.W. Murnau
(Nosferatu, Sunrise) and Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North). Two lovers
are doomed by a tribal edict decreeing that the girl is "tabu" to all men.
While the lovers' flight from judgment and the ultimate power of the tabu are
reminiscent of Murnau's expressionist films, TABU is all open air and
sunlight, sparkling on the ocean and glistening on the beautiful young bodies
of the native men and women. Now available completely uncensored and restored
by UCLA, this cinematic landmark is one of the most gorgeous black and white
films ever made, and was the 1931 Academy Award® winner for Best

Released in 1931 TABU showed the great director at the height of his creative
powers -- exhibiting a sensuality and creative freedom unseen in his previous
films. Tragically, Murnau died in an auto accident just weeks before the
film's premiere.

The special features for "Tabu" include:
1) An extensive historical commentary track by UCLA Film Professor Janet
Bergstrom 2) Previously unseen outtake footage (courtesy of the Deutsches
Filminstitut – DIF Filmarchiv)
3) The original 1931 trailer (courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive)
4) An extensive still gallery including rare stills from the Murnau estate
5) Outtakes from a never-released short film starring Reri, shot near New
York's Riverside Church and Grant's Tomb.

TABU. Tahiti/United States. 1931. Directed by F. W. Murnau. Cinematography:
Floyd Crosby and Robert Flaherty. Script by Murnau and Flaherty. Starring:
Mathai and Reri. 82 minutes. Silent with the original orchestral score by
Hugo Riesenfeld. Restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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