North American Hitchcock fans can rejoice! After years of enduring junky public domain editions, four of his silents and one talkie have received quality release and I will be giving you a whirlwind tour.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Hitchcock, British International Pictures Film Collection from Kino Lorber”
This Marion Davies vehicle has been available for years on home video but we now have a new edition derived from a 2K transfer of a 35mm print, which represents a step up in visual quality so let’s dive in.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Little Old New York (1923) from Undercrank”
Rudolph Valentino spent much of his time as a superstar fighting for higher quality vehicles and trying to make peace with his Great Lover screen persona. The Eagle is one of the films that came the closest to making all the pieces fit together.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: The Eagle (1925) on Bluray”
This is a very interesting collection and will surely inspire its share of historical research: three-and-a-half versions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Two versions of the Universal super production (1927), the World Film feature (1914) and the Vitagraph two-reeler (1911).Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Kino Lorber’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin Three Ways on Bluray (and win your own copy)”
How would you like a stylish, beautiful late silent era production from France? With a new restoration and 4K scan on Bluray? Well, today is your day! L’Argent is on Blu and we’re taking a closer look.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: L’Argent from Flicker Alley”
I am so excited about this particular unpacking, let me tell you! I have been wanting a decent copy of Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail for the North American market for years and it’s here at last.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Blackmail on Bluray (yes, the silent version too!) and Murder!”
We’re in for a treat, a look at a new restoration of Fragment of an Empire, a 1929 Soviet drama directed by Fridrikh Ermler. A collaboration between the EYE Filmmuseum, Gosfilmofond of Russia, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, this restoration combines materials held by EYE and the Cinémathèque Suisse to create the most complete version of the film available in decades.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Fragment of an Empire on Bluray from Flicker Alley”
Here’s a welcome new addition to the HD silent film club. The 1924 version of Peter Pan has been a longtime crowdpleaser.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Peter Pan (1924) on Bluray”
We’re back with another unboxing. This one is a little different as it is going to be covering a reconstruction of a semi-lost film, Vitagraph’s 1915 smash hit The Juggarnaut.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Harpodeon’s Reconstruction of The Juggernaut (1915) on Bluray”
More British silents for the North American market! Kino is releasing a pair of Anthony Asquith silents, Shooting Stars (A.V. Bramble was the credited director) and Underground.Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Two Anthony Ansquith Silents on Bluray”
Ooo, I have been waiting for this one! The Region A release of the 1929 version of The Informer! Let’s get this unboxing show on the road!Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: The Informer (1929)”
Today, we’re going to be looking at two of F.W. Murnau’s lesser-known films, which are being released as a double feature on Bluray by Kino.
I know a lot of you have been looking forward to this one! Old Ironsides, beloved adventure film, makes its DVD/Bluray debut after only being available on VHS for years.
Henri-Georges Clouzot is, of course, a legend in the world of thrillers. The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques are justly acclaimed but they came along decades into his career. What about Clouzot at the beginning? This two-disc Bluray set tracks his early career.
Kino Lorber hit it out of the park with their Pioneers of African-American Cinema box set and their follow up is every bit the worthy successor. In the silent era, women took a much larger role behind the camera than even today but most of these pioneers have been forgotten. This set’s goal is to change that.
We know about lost silent films but what about the films that survive, they’re just unidentified? It’s a more common phenomenon than you might think: one misplaced label, one missing opening title and the film’s identity is a mystery.
This is a collection of talkies from 1913. What’s that? Everyone says The Jazz Singer was the first talkie? Well, gather round, m’dears, and we shall hear the tale of the pre-WWI talkie war.
Well, now this is a fun little plot twist! I am now unboxing… myself! My crowdfunded DVD of a complete 1917 night at the movies is now available for sale!
Douglas Fairbanks is known as the king of costumed swashbucklers and rightly so but the movies from the start of his career, the movies that allowed him to build his stylish empire are fascinating in their own right. Kino Lorber has just released two rare 1916 Fairbanks features in HD!
Another German film is coming to HD, mountain film by Arnold Fanck. The star is a dancer named Leni Riefenstahl.
I have a pair of much-anticipated Blurays to look at today and both of them star the legendary Gloria Swanson.
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.
Marcel Perez was born in Spain but his film career was truly international. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ben Model’s Undercrank Productions has released a second volume of this forgotten comedian’s work.
Here’s a title that has been eagerly anticipated, at least by the silent movie fans I pal around with. It’s an iconic western epic with an all-star cast and a dedication to authenticity. I give you The Covered Wagon on Bluray!
We’re going to be looking at something a bit modern today but I can assure you that it is quite silent. London Symphony was successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and is finally completed for all to enjoy.
A treasure trove of silent film buried under the swimming pool of an ex-boomtown. The discovery of the Dawson City find is legendary and this acclaimed documentary tells the story of a town through the footage that was discovered there.
Who’s ready to dig into Kino Lorber’s mammoth Fritz Lang box set? It’s twelve discs of German cinema directed and written by Lang.
Today, we’re going to be looking at a disc designed to bring John Bunny back into the limelight. One of the very first international comedy superstars, Bunny is unfairly forgotten and most of his films are lost. This new documentary is presented with four films from Bunny’s prime.
Here’s a nice treat for all you fans of German silent films: A restored version of F.W. Murnau’s influential The Last Laugh is coming to Bluray in region 1/A! I have an advance copy, so let’s dig in.
We’re back with some more unboxing! This time around, we’ll be taking a close look at a pair of October releases from Undercrank Productions. Both discs contain rare and obscure material that would never have been released under normal circumstances, so we are very fortunate to have them.