Kino's DVD release of Paul Wegener's The Golem stands head-and-shoulders above any rival edition. Not that there aren't flaws in the 1920 movie even here, but as the product of a professional restoration effort involving archival sources held in museums on two continents, it's got the sharpest image that one is ever likely to see of this movie -- when the Golem appears onscreen and starts to move, one gets a real sense of the menace and danger of its physical and metaphysical presence. The tinting is a bit more subtle than we're used to, but it also adds to the eerie mix of history, myth, and fantasy unfolding in front of us; and the presence of a score (which uses traditional Jewish themes for much of its length) separates this DVD from the best competing editions of the movie, which are silent. The 86-minute movie has been given ten carefully chosen chapters that also coincide with the five "acts" into which the film itself is divided. Additionally, the disc comes with a fascinating excerpt from Julien Duvivier's 1936 version of the same story and comparisons with scenes from other movies and literary works, including F.W. Murnau's Faust. The disc opens automatically to an easy-to-use multi-layered menu.