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Lokke Heiss examines the
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The Marcel Perez Collection, Volume 2 (1907-1923)

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The Lost World (1925)

Lokke Heiss revisits the
35th Annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival

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The Blot (1921)

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Children of Divorce (1927)

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Spies (1928)

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Kino Classics/Lobster Films Blu-ray Disc edition of
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

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Kino Classics/Lobster Films Blu-ray Disc edition of
College (1927)

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Destiny (1921)

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Olive Films Blu-ray Disc edition of
The Captive (1915)

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Dream Street (1921)

Added review of the
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The General (1926)

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Three Ages (1923)

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The Epic of Everest (1924)

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The House of Mystery (1921-1923)

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the Eureka Entertainment Blu-ray Disc edition of
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

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the Kino Classics Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Added review of
the Serial Squadron DVD edition of
Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

Lokke Heiss reports on the
32nd Annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival

Added review of
the Flicker Alley Blu-ray Disc edition of
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

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Foolish Wives (1922)

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The Penalty (1920)

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Added review of the Kino Classics edition of The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (1913)

Added review of the Kino Classics edition of Les vampires (1915-1916)

Added review of the Flicker Alley edition of Gow the Head Hunter (1928)

Added review of the Kino Classics edition of The Saphead (1920)

Lokke Heiss reports on the 30th Annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

 
Flicker Alley (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for 2018, with silent film titles including dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD editions of Mary Pickford in Fanchon the Cricket (1915) and Little Annie Rooney (1925); manufactured-on-demand (MOD) Blu-ray Disc editions of Rudolph Valentino in Moran of the Lady Letty (1922), Virtuous Sinners (1919) and Eyes of Youth (1919); a MOD Blu-ray Disc edition of Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927); a deluxe Blu-ray Disc edition of V.I. Pudovkin’s Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and Storm Over Asia (1928); and a Blu-ray Disc /DVD collection including F.W. Murnau Stiftung restorations of Arthur von Gerlach’s The Chronicles of the Gray House (1925) and Johannes Guter’s The Tower of Silence (1925): no release dates set.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD release schedule into the summer of 2018, with silent film titles including a 4K-mastered edition of The Last Command (1928) starring Emil Jannings and William Powell; and Old Ironsides (1926) starring Charles Farrell and Esther Ralston: no release dates set.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their DVD-R edition of early synchronized sound films produced by the Edison studio in 1913: The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality! (1913).

The collection features eight Kinetophone films that have surviving print and soundtrack elements, with one mute Kinetophone comedy and a featurette on the history and restoration of Kinetophone films.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition of E.A. Dupont’s The Ancient Law [Das alte Gesetz] (1923) starring Ernst Deutsch and Henny Porten. Restored from five nitrate prints originally released in different languages, the original intertitles were restored from censor records.

The film is accompanied by two optional music scores: an orchestral score by French composer Philippe Schoeller, and a second ensemble score by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of a Douglas Fairbanks double feature in The Half-Breed (1916) and The Good Bad-Man (1916) both directed by Allan Dwan.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Arnold Fanck’s drama The Holy Mountain (1926) starring Leni Riefenstahl. 2K Restoration from 35mm elements by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Supplemental material includes audio commentary by film historian Travis Crawford; interview footage of Leni Riefenstahl and costar Louis Trenker (excerpted from the documentary The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl).

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Allan Dwan’s drama Stage Struck (1924) starring Gloria Swanson and Lawrence Gray, with Gertrude Astor, Marguerite Evans and Ford Sterling.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Andrew Simpson.

The disc’s supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi; with a booklet essay by film historian Farran Smith Nehme.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Allan Dwan’s drama Manhandled (1924) starring Gloria Swanson and Tom Moore, with Lilyan Tashman, Ian Keith, Arthur Housman, Paul McAllister and Frank Morgan.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Makia Matsumura.

The disc’s supplementary material includes audio commentary by Gaylyn Studlar; with a booklet essay by film historian Peter Labu.
 
coverCinemuseum (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition of Roscoe Arbuckle’s first feature film, The Round-Up (1920). The dual-format edition features a 4K high-resolution scan and digital restoration of the 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress and is accompanied by a music score performed by Donald Sosin.

Supplemental material includes audio commentary by Richard M. Roberts; the early Keystone comedies A Bandit (1913) and Peeping Pete (1913) with Arbuckle, presented with theater organ music scores composed and performed by Dennis Scott; and more.

Direct fulfillment orders are being taken at the Cinemuseum LLC website.
 
coverThe Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928).

The film is presented with three scores: an oratorio by Richard Einhorn performed by Anonymous 4 and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir; the second by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; and the third composed and performed by Mie Yanashita.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Gregory La Cava’s comedy It’s the Old Army Game (1926) starring W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Ben Model.

The supplementary material includes audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Gregory La Cava’s comedy Running Wild (1927) starring W.C. Fields and Mary Brian.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Donald Sosin.

The supplementary material includes audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur.
 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has rereleased their 2012 dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition of A Trip to the Moon (1902) directed by Georges Méliès. This edition features a high-definition scan of an original hand-colored version the film, with a black & white version of the film and two other astronomical Méliès films, plus a documentary.

The hand-colored film is accompanied by three optional original music scores: the first performed by Jeff Mills, the second performed by musical group Dorian Pimpernel, the third an improvised piano score by Serge Bromberg. A fourth option adds narration by Bromberg to the piano score, originally written by Méliès.

 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their second DVD collection of The Marcel Perez Collection, Volume 2 (1907-1923) starring (who else?) Marcel Perez. The edition collects nine additional Perez films presented from archival 35mm prints (with one 16mm reduction print) held by the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art.

The films are accompanied by piano music scores performed by Ben Model.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their separate Blu-ray Disc editions of The Covered Wagon (1923) starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson. The edition has been mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration of the film.

The film is accompanied by the historic theater pipe organ music score performed by Gaylord Carter.

Supplementary material includes audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan; a booklet essay by film scholar Matt Hauske; The Pie-Covered Wagon (1932) a one-reel spoof starring Shirley Temple.
 
coverMilestone Film & Video (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Lois Weber’s The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) starring Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian, Douglas Gerrard, Betty Schade, Jack Hoxie and Nigel de Brulier.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by John Sweeney.

 
coverMilestone Film & Video (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) starring Mary MacLaren, Harry Griffith, Jessie Arnold and William V. Mong.

The film is accompanied by a music score compiled and performed by Donald Sosin and Mimi Rabson.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc boxset Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (1919-1929). The boxset includes all of the previously-released F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration versions of Harakiri (1919), The Spiders (1919-1920), The Wandering Shadow (1920), Four Around the Woman (1921), Destiny (1921), Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Die Nibelungen (1924), Metropolis (1927), Spies (1928) and The Woman in the Moon (1929), plus the previously unreleased The Plague of Florence (1919), produced from a scenario written by Lang.

The films are presented with music scores by composed and performed by Aljoscha Zimmermann, Ben Model, Cornelius Schwehr, Neil Brand, Javier Pérez de Azpeitia and Gottfried Huppertz.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of the recent 2K HD scan of F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924). Two versions of the film are presented: the 2003 F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration version and the 1924 American release version.

The film is presented with optional soundtracks, including a new musical score by the Berklee College of Music’s Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (2017), as well as the original score by Giuseppe Becca, orchestrated by Detlev Glanert and performed by the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra (2003), and a music score composed by Timothy Brock and performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra (2001).

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of the documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) directed by Bill Morrison. The film documents the recovery of complete and incomplete nitrate prints of more than 500 silent era films in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada, in 1978.

The edition is supplemented by a small sampling of drama films and newsreels recovered in Dawson City.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of The Lost World (1925) starring Wallace Beery, Bessie Love and Lloyd Hughes.

This updated edition features a new 2K high-definition transfer of the film, with approximately eight minutes of recently-recovered footage.

The film is presented with a newly-composed music score by Robert Israel, which is performed by a full orchestra.

Supplementary material includes animator Willis O’Brien’s short films R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. (1917) and The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918).
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of the restored version of William A. Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery.

The film is accompanied by a new music score arranged and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra from the original 1928 cue sheets.

The disc’s supplementary material includes an audio commentary by actor William Wellman, Jr.; an audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, founding director of the Louise Brooks Society; and an insert booklet with an essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of Varieté (1925) starring Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti. The edition has been mastered in HD from the 2015 35mm restoration of the film by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and Filmarchiv Austria.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

Supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi, and a 12-page booklet with an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their dual disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922) starring Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding and William Powell.

The film has been restored from 35mm nitrate print materials held by the Library of Congress. This edition features a 16-page insert booklet with film notes by Lara Gabrielle Fowler.

The film is presented with a newly-composed music score performed on virtual theater pipe organ by Ben Model.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their DVD edition of Beauty’s Worth (1922) starring Marion Davies and Forrest Stanley.

The disc has been transferred in high-definition from 35mm print materials held by the Library of Congress.

The film is presented with a music score performed by Ben Model.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has released their DVD edition of The Bride’s Play (1922) starring Marion Davies and Jack O’Brien.

The disc has been transferred in high-definition from 35mm print materials held by the Library of Congress.

The film is presented with a music score performed by Ben Model.
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