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  1. > {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote} > This could turn out to be great or a total bust...but VCI is going to be releasing *Meet John Doe (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)* DVD on Nov. 30th. > > There have been so many prints over the year that were mediocre - and it is in the public domain - I am not sure yet how this will turn out. > > I would love for this to be great but that bit about "yielding a fully watchable picture" doesn't strike me that it is going to very good. "Fully watchable", whoa, what a recommendation. Filmlover, don't worry. I h
  2. According to the New York Post, Al Jolson's MAMMY (1930) with fully restored Technicolor sequences will be released by the Warner Archive on April 6. YESSSSSSS!!! CAN'T WAIT!
  3. > {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote} > I think we could soon be seeing some changes to the Archives. You could say I have an inside track on this because I was one of a number of people who attended a special roundtable discussion with the Archive's marketing people. > > They asked our opinions about all sorts of things over two hours, but the primary subjects the participants being questioned agreed about was they need to do better cover art, lower the price, add special features and remaster the videos, offer value paks of our choosing, dig more into their vaults, and w
  4. > {quote:title=goldensilents wrote:}{quote} > Ummmm, isn't it about time we restore the rightful director name to this enterprise? LOL! > > Roscoe Arbuckle. > > It's no longer a dirty name, ya know. Actually, Roscoe Arbuckle didn't direct a single foot of the finished version of THE RED MILL. Several years ago, I found a series of articles in Variety and The Exhibitor's Herald which told this very sad story. True enough, Marion Davies was instrumental in getting this plum directing job for Arbuckle, but right from the start, it was more than he could h
  5. > {quote:title=goldensilents wrote:}{quote} > But still, kudos to TCM for preparing and scoring another silent film -- it's been TOO LONG! How long is too long? This is the fourth TCM premiere of a silent film this year -- after BEAU BRUMMEL, BIG STAKES, and THE WHITE SISTER.
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    > {quote:title=goldensilents wrote:}{quote} > Great, but I really don't feel like buying yet another collection just to get the one Barrymore film I like the best out of all those, The Beloved Rogue. You don't have to. THE BELOVED ROGUE and the other titles in this collection are also available separately.
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    Still working my way through The John Barrymore Collection on Kino, I just finished watching THE BELOVED ROGUE (1927), comparing the new Kino release to the currently available DVD of the film released by Image Entertainment.??I will also compare them to a print I saw on the big screen at Cinevent last month. In all three of these cases, the material came from the Killiam collection.??The notes in the Cinevent program said that all surviving prints of THE BELOVED ROGUE come from a single 35mm nitrate print once owned by Edgar Bergen(!).??There's some evidence of nitrate decomposition in so
  8. Jill, Ed -- Looks like I came on a little stronger than I intended.??I'm sorry.??The post was originally much longer than what it was -- perhaps I edited it too severely.??It wasn't meant to be a personal attack.??Jill, I won't deny that I have benefited from your largesse, and I probably haven't thanked you enough.??Ed, I have also benefited from your knowledge and just hashing things out with you on these boards, and for that, I'm thankful, too.??My intent was to spark the conversation, but it turned into a forest fire.??Again, my apologies. The point I was trying to make was that I
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    Jeff. both THE BELOVED ROGUE and TEMPEST have piano scores by William Perry, recorded in 1971 and remastered for this set. As much as I like Phil Carli's work, I have to admit that Perry outdoes him with a more evocative score for TEMPEST.
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    I picked up a copy of The John Barrymore Collection at the Kino booth at Cinevent over the Memorial Day weekend. So far, I've watched only SHERLOCK HOLMES, but that one alone is worth the price of the set. The George Eastman House did a super job on the restoration. The film is based on the play by William Gillette, which draws its story line from several of the Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, especially A Scandal in Bohemia. John Barrymore is splendid in the title role, but Gustav von Seyffertitz is easily a match for him in the role of Professor Moriarty. So much so, that w
  12. > {quote:title=goldensilents wrote:}{quote} > I thought I saw James pop in here and talk about writing a score for The White Sister. Maybe my memory is faulty. He did, but he was talking about his new score for MOCKERY, the Lon Chaney picture that debuts in July.
  13. > {quote:title=MissGulch wrote:}{quote} > ...wonder why BEAU BRUMMEL with Schafer's score isn't included in the new John Barrymore set? > Because two different companies are involved. Warner Home Video owns the rightrs to BEAU BRUMMEL, and The John Barrymore Collection is being released by Kino.
  14. Heck, yes, and faster! Even on the stage, Tracy had a reputation as the fastest talker around.
  15. I honestly think that Lee Tracy was not only the fastest talker in the movies during the pre-code era, but the most underrated actor of his time. His secret was a deep, abiding charm that could not only make you laugh, but move you deeply. THE NUISANCE and TURN BACK THE CLOCK are two of the best examples of Tracy's double-barreled talent. It's hard to believe that Tracy is in only two scenes with John Barrymore in DINNER AT EIGHT, but he makes such an impact (largely dramatic) in those scenes that you think he takes up more of the film than that. MGM was clearly grooming him for stardom in
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