Nekromantik…1987 West Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 24th November 2014

Posted: 20 September, 2014 in New Releases
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Nekromantik Limited Dual Format Blu ray Nekromantik is a 1987 West Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
With Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski and Harald Lundt. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, bloody violence, sexual violence, necrophilia for:

  • 2014 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 24th November 2014

Censorship history

Not released in the UK for fear of censorship from 1987-2014. Passed 18 uncut for DVD in May 2014.

Promotional Material

Nekromantik is the one-of-a-kind shock classic from cult director Jörg Buttgereit. Never before released on home video in the UK (until now, no distributor even dared submit it for classification), Nekromantik plunges the viewer into an unremittingly bleak world of depravity and necrophilia weaving the tale of Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz), a young man who finds himself competing for the affections of his girlfriend with a putrefying cadaver.

Rob is employed by Joe’s Streetcleaning Agency, a company which handles the unenviable task of cleaning up grisly accidents and crime scenes. But Rob has a particular reason for liking his chosen profession, allowing him as it does to indulge in his hobby of choice collecting body parts, which he keeps preserved in jars around his flat. Tasked with transporting the body of a young man from a murder scene, Rob seizes the opportunity to abscond with the corpse bringing it home, much to the delight of his equally unhinged girlfriend, Betty. A twisted love triangle ensues, resulting in some of the most shocking scenes ever committed to celluloid.

Nearly 30 years after its original release, Nekromantik, with its grotesque imagery and shocking subject matter, still retains the power to offend a point borne out by the fact that it remains banned in a number of countries. But Buttgereit s film is much more than a shock piece; Nekromantik shares as much in common with the movies of the preceding New German Cinema movement as it does with splatter films of its era. Arriving on Blu-ray in a brand-new Director-approved transfer, Arrow Video is proud to present this underground classic finally classified for UK release in its fully unexpurgated form.


  • Limited Edition (3000 copies) featuring exclusive new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • New High Definition Digital Transfer approved by writer-director Jörg Buttgereit
  • High Definition Bluray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • The Making of Nekromantik featurette comprising behind the scenes footage shot in Super 8, transferred in HD
  • Buttgereit 10th Anniversary Interview
  • Hot Love (40 mins) a 1985 short film by Buttgereit featuring Daktari Lorenz
  • Complete collection of Jörg Buttgereit film trailers (Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2, Schramm)
  • Extensive collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Graham Rae, David Kerekes, author of Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit, and much more, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD



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