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reviewed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabi.... March 01, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
**** out of ****    I'm not one to judge a film solely for its place in history, or its influence on the many motion pictures that may have followed. Quality, above all, certainly …
posted a Quick Tip about Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (.... August 19, 2011
posted in Cult Cinema
Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (Kino Classics Special Edition)
Finally coming to DVD thanks to Kino International, this is the most controversial restoration of Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi epic Metropolis. Released in 1984, the Moroder Version, as it has come to …
posted a Quick Tip about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. August 19, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was introduced in 1927 and was designed to be an all-cartoon series to replace Walt Disney's and Ub Iwerks' earlier success, the Alice Cartoons, which featured a live-action …
posted a Quick Tip about He Who Gets Slapped. August 15, 2011
posted in Cinema of Silence
He Who Gets Slapped
One of my favorite Lon Chaney films, He Who Gets Slapped is a comical tragedy or a tragical comedy about a man destined to succeed only at failure... even as a clown. The film, which came out in 1924,  …
reviewed Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD). July 26, 2011
Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)
How does Transflux justify charging $15 for the DVD edition of a seventeen-minute short film, regardless of whether the movie in question is the quintessence of cinematic surrealism and one of the most …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 28, 2011
The General
It is fun watching classic films. They are so different than modern ones. This is a set of three digitally mastered movies: The General, from 1926, lasts 75 minutes; The Playhouse, from 1921, is 23 minutes; …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 13, 2011
The General
I had two choices watching this movie...smile or laugh out loud. When I wasn't smiling I was laughing. Buster Keaton's The General is a perfect introduction for those who may shy away from silent …
posted a Quick Tip about Murnau. April 09, 2011
posted in Cinema of Silence
Murnau
Despite the fact that I already own four of these films in different versions, I absolutely love this set mainly because it includes wonderful restorations of three of Murnau's greatest films (Nosferatu, …
reviewed Häxan. April 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
**** out of ****     "Haxan", a certainly controversial, at-the-time graphic, and flamboyantly intellectual documentary/horror film, appeals to me for so many reasons. For one: I like …
posted a Quick Tip about Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans. March 02, 2011
posted in Cinema of Silence
Sunrise
One of the best dramas from the silent age. Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans is F.W. Murnau's most famous and celebrated films and the only real success he experienced while working in America. The …
reviewed The Phantom of the Opera (The Milesto.... December 02, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
The Phantom of the Opera Ultimate Edition (front)
**** out of ****      The original "Phantom of the Opera" film adaptation reminds me ever-so greatly of what it means to be both dramatic and atmospheric. So many films forget …
posted a Quick Tip about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kino on .... November 24, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kino On Video's Restored Authorized Edition DVD)
Kino's restoration of this film is superb, though I think we can expect a superior edition in the future. The print could have been cleaner and the intertitles didn't seem to be translated as …
posted a Quick Tip about The F.W. Murnau Collection. November 17, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
The F.W. Murnau Collection
One of my favorite DVD box sets. Although three of the films here (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, and Faust) have been re-released in newly restored 2-disc deluxe editions available from Kino International, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Complete Metropolis (Kino Interna.... November 09, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
The Complete Metropolis (Kino International's Two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray)
Caught the TCM premier of this on Silent Sunday and was completely blown away. Not only do the restored scenes help to clarify some plot points, but they also amplify the emotional impact of the film. …
posted a Quick Tip about Nosferatu (Alpha Video DVD). September 28, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
Nosferatu (1929)
Of all the various DVDs of Nosferatu, the Alpha Video DVD release is easily the least impressive of the bunch. This is due in part to the fact that the version of the film is the cheap public domain print …
reviewed Tabu (The Milestone Collection / Imag.... September 02, 2010
DVD Cover
In the days before the film industry's stringent Hays Code was established in 1930 and strictly enforced after 1934 to regulate "morally offensive" content, many silent and 'Pre-Code' …
reviewed The Show (1927 film). August 28, 2010
The Show
Todd Browning’s 1927 silent film drama “The Show” released the same year the first “talkie” was released is a great work of the silent screen for several reasons.   First, …
posted a Quick Tip about Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauen.... August 17, 2010
Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Kino International's 2-disc The Ultimate DVD Edition)
I saw an inferior version years ago. I will definitely watch this Kino version. German expressionism after the Great War was very dark and foreboding, should be no surprise based on their suffering after …
posted a Quick Tip about Metropolis. August 15, 2010
Metropolis
Great review Scotman, I wonder if this film was influenced by Chaplin's "Modern Times" with his commentary on what industrialization was doing to the human condition. I just put a review of it up that …
posted a Quick Tip about Wizard of Oz (1925 silent film). July 25, 2010
The Wizard of Oz
This Wizard Oz film is nice to compare to the one everyone has watched.
posted a Quick Tip about The Lost World (1925 film). May 08, 2010
The Lost World (1925 film)
Mild mannered reporter Edmond Malone goes on a dangerous expedition to prove Prof. Challenger's assertion that dinosaurs rule the Amazon!
posted a Quick Tip about Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... March 28, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
Pandora's Box
The most important film of director G.W. Pabst & an all-time classic of German cinema. A silent film lover's feast!
posted a Quick Tip about Tabu (The Milestone Collection / Imag.... March 28, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
DVD Cover
Superb film about innocence, love, & mortality. One of the last great examples of silent cinema & Murnau's swansong!
posted a Quick Tip about Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauen.... March 28, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Kino International's 2-disc The Ultimate DVD Edition)
The single most important film of the German silent renaissance. F.W. Murnau's eerie, haunting, iconic film is unforgettable. A true classic! This extraordinary Kino Ultimate DVD Edition finally gives …
posted a Quick Tip about Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Kino.... February 05, 2010
DVD cover
Not the best available DVD of Nosferatu, but very likely the one with the coolest cover. Nice addition to any vampire fan's collection. ):-=
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