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!
As always, thanks to Kino for the review copy.
This release includes The Half-Breed and The Good Bad Man, two western/wilderness films that represent the sort of pictures 1910s audiences expected.
I have cropped out the pillarboxes but have otherwise not changed the screencaps in any way.
The Half-Breed was discovered as part of the cache of silents rescued in Dawson City. The footage is supplemented by a 16mm print. As you can see, this is still an attractive release.
The Good Bad Man is a quirky western spoof with the always-adorable Bessie Love. This is derived from the 1923 re-release, alas the original version has not yet been discovered.
The films are delightfully scored by Donald Sosin and feature commentary tracks by by Tracey Goessel and Robert Byrne.
We also get a featurette on the restoration of The Half-Breed. Good stuff!
This double feature is a must-buy for Fairbanks fans and anyone who enjoys a good lost film rescue story. It’s a great, affordable way to see the charming Fairbanks at his early best.
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