The magnificent transfer further deepens the emotional resonance of Leni’s strange, transfixing, and compassionate film.
It looks as if the transfer on this Freaks DVD was struck from the same source material as the 1990 VHS edition.
With good reason, film theorist Andrew Sarris called the film one of the most compassionate of all time.
Conrad Veidt’s terrifying grin masks the horror of having one’s looks be objectified at the expense of their humanity.
Batman and the Joker only wished for this kind of psychological complexity.