Here’s a welcome new addition to the HD silent film club. The 1924 version of Peter Pan has been a longtime crowdpleaser.
As always, thanks to Kino Lorber for the review copy!
This edition is marked for regions A, B and C so viewers outside of North America should be able to play the disc with no issues. It was released on July 9, 2019 and can be ordered here.
The score is the same Philip C. Carli orchestral music that was found on Kino’s DVD release and it sounds as great as ever. We also get a commentary from historian Kat Ellinger, a booklet essay by Frederick C. Szebin and an interview with Esther Ralston, who played Mrs. Darling.
This isn’t a review of the film itself, just the disc, but I do want to note that the cast of this picture is part of the reason why it is so beloved: Betty Bronson, Mary Brian, Ernest Torrence, Anna May Wong… pretty much the best of Paramount.
As always, I have cropped the pillar boxes but have not altered the screencaps in any way.
As you can see, this looks pretty darn gorgeous. If you already have the Kino DVD, this will be a definite image upgrade. And considering the quality of the imagery and special effects, you will want those extra pixels. (Tinkerbell looks particularly nice in HD.)
Fans are excited about this one for a reason and it’s also worth celebrating as a recovered film. All copies were thought lost until two prints emerged. Hurray for us!