This World War I drama, directed by Irvin V. Willat for Thomas H. Ince Productions, stars Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak and Wallace Beery, with support from James Gordon, Richard Wayne, J.P. Lockney, Gibson Gowland, Otto Hoffman and Tom Ashton.
2017 Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition
Behind the Door (1919), color-tinted black & white and color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 70 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0051, UPC 6-17311-68519-4.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Regions ABC Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (720 x 480 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; and one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $39.99.
Release date: 4 April 2017.
Country of origin: USA
This dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition has been mastered from the 35mm restoration produced by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The source print has been conflated from the two known surviving prints of the film, held by the Library of Congress and Gosfilmofond, utilizing director Willat’s copy of the original scenario.
The film is accompanied by a new music score by Stephen Horne.
The edition’s supplementary material includes a complete presentation of the Russian release version with music by Horne; outtakes from Behind the Door; the featurette “Restoring Irvin Willat’s Behind the Door” documenting the restoration of the film; the featurette “Kevin Brownlow Spotlights Irvin Willat” with film historian and Honorary Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow; a slideshow gallery of film stills and promotional materials for Behind the Door; and a booklet featuring rare photographs, and essays by film historian Jay Weissburg, film restorer Robert Byrne, and composer Stephen Horne.
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