This new restoration of Beggars of Life, a 1928 drama starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery and directed by William Wellman, has been making the festival rounds but this is you chance to own it. I’ll be going through the contents of this disc and showcasing what it has to offer.
A huge thanks to Kino Lorber for providing me with an early review copy.
Beggars of Life will be available on DVD and Bluray from Kino on August 22, 2017. Please note that older public domain DVD releases DO NOT feature restored footage and will not be of the same image quality. The Bluray is region A.
This edition features 35mm elements preserved by the George Eastman House. The film looks good, Arlen looks good and, despite being saddled with one of the most ridiculous bonnets in film history, Brooks looks good.
As always, I have cropped the pillarboxes but have not otherwise altered the screencaps in any way.
The score is by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and uses selections from the film’s original cue sheet.
The film includes commentary tracks from William Wellman, Jr. and Louise Brooks Society founder Thomas Gladysz. (Gladysz has also published a companion book to the film.) We also get a booklet with an essay on Beggars and hobo films by Nick Pinkerton.
As with Kino’s previous Brooks Bluray, Beggars comes with reversible cover art, so that’s pretty fun.
Availability: The film will be released on DVD and Bluray on August 22, 2017. You can learn more and pre-order here.
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