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Silent Films

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 4th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [UK] Blu-ray Review

The BFI offer up a fantastic restoration of the definitive 1929 version of Lon Chaney in the horror classic The Phantom of the Opera

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 19th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

The classic silent vampire horror film Nosferatu gets its HD restoration released on Blu-ray by Eureka’s Masters of Cinema

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Intolerance Blu-ray Review

Posted November 11th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Intolerance Blu-ray Review

This incredible restoration of a 97 year old film supports the argument that Griffith’s Intolerance is the greatest film ever made

Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 29th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Fritz Lang’s silent era crime epic arrives in its full version with a beautiful new restoration on Blu-ray

Blancanieves Blu-ray Review

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Blancanieves Blu-ray Review

Blancanieves is a brilliant silent retelling of the Snow White fairytale by Pablo Berger graced by storyboards and a fabulous score

The Jazz Singer (1927) Blu-ray Book Review

Posted January 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Jazz Singer (1927) Blu-ray Book Review

A breakthrough film in many respects, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length movie with synchronized sound. Based on the real-life story of legendary entertainer Al Jolson, the restoration of this 85 year-old film is superb. Be advised that most of the film is silent with titles and it does have a few scenes with Jolson in “blackface”.

The Passion of Joan of Arc [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 18th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Passion of Joan of Arc [Masters of Cinema][UK] Blu-ray Review

A deeply moving, beautiful, and transcendent look at the trial and execution of Jeanne d’Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterpiece has yet to be surpassed.

Die Nibelungen [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 25th, 2012 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Die Nibelungen [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Heroic quests, castles, dragons, magnificent visuals and an evocative romantic score define Fritz Lang’s 1924 two-part silent fantasy classic Die Nibelungen.

Lonesome [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 3rd, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Lonesome [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Lonesome is a minor classic of the “silent” era although it has some interpolated talking scenes. Director Pál Fejös provides some cutting edge visual effects for the times, and, mostly, lets this simple love story tell itself.

The Gold Rush [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 17th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Gold Rush [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

The Gold Rush, an early silent-film era epic that vaulted Charlie Chaplin’s career, is presented in two lovingly restored versions by the Criterion Collection. The remastering efforts result in a triumph of technology over the ravages of time making for an entertaining watch.

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