By Ken Tucker
Updated July 18, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Vampyr, one of the greatest vampire movies, was as much a surrealist experiment as a horror film. Danish director Dreyer achieved tension via moody shadow lighting and abrupt cuts within scenes. This short but powerfully unnerving movie gets a grand Criterion Collection two-disc treatment: a 1966 documentary about Dreyer’s career, a book featuring the screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 source story, and an unfortunately lugubrious commentary by British film scholar Tony Rayns. A-

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