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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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