Here’s some exciting news for comedy fans: Kino is releasing two of W.C. Fields’ silent comedies today! While his voice is iconic, it’s fascinating to see what he could do with pantomime. Oh, and one of the films features Louise Brooks.
As always, a huge thanks to Kino for providing review copies.
Both films are mastered in 2K from 35mm elements held by the Library of Congress and include audio commentaries from film historian James L. Neibaur.
Here are some screencaps from the Blurays. I have cropped out pillarboxes but have not otherwise tweaked the images.
It’s the Old Army Game
Both films have new scores for their HD debut. It’s the Old Army Game has an organ score by Ben Model and Running Wild has a piano score by Donald Sosin. The scores are absolute delights and add considerably to the films they accompany.
These films look great and sound great. W.C. Fields fans will want to check out their favorite in his pre-sound days and Louise Brooks fans will be particularly interested in It’s the Old Army Game. Hats off to Kino for continuing to release these wonderful Paramount gems in HD.
Again, both films are on DVD and Bluray and were released today. You can order It’s the Old Army Game here and Running Wild here. The Blurays are region A, so be sure to check your equipment if you live outside that zone.
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