4 Horror Gems from the silient era plus an original documentary. This includes an all new restoration of "The Cat And The Canary" and for the first time on DVD, Bret Wood's "Kingdom Of Shadows". Films include: "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" (1920) - This first great American horror film follows the transformation of a prominent London physician, Dr. Jeckyll, into the murderous Mr. Hyde while he explores the dual nature of man. (B&W/Tinted). "The Penalty" (1920) - In one of his most diabolical roles, Lon Chaney stars as a criminal mastermind who carries out a gruesome vengeance upon the doctor who amputated his legs. "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) - A decaying mansion and a stormy night are the archetypal setting for mystery and chaos when a pack of greedy relatives gather for the reading of a twenty-year-old will. But before the West fortune can be handed down, the family must endure a night in the cavernous manor. "The Cat" is a milestone of the American horror film, thanks to the ingenuity of its director, Paul Leni. One of the first film artists imported from Germany by Hollywood, Leni invigorated this stage-bound genre with expressionist flair, transforming conventional material into a visual feast. Meticulously restored from original nitrate prints by Photoplay productions and a new score by Neil Brand. "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) - Paul Leni's adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel tells the story of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), a tortured man with a permanent smile carved on his face. "Batman" creator Bob Kane has cited Leni's film as inspiration for his classic villain The Joker. "Kingdom of Shadows" - The horror film, from the turn of the century to the end of the silent era, is explored in this haunting, sometimes shocking documentary.. a danse macabre of religion, carnivals, sex, nightmares, monstrosity, and death. With scenes from 50 rare and classic films.
Stan Laurel One Reeler, "Dr. Pykle And Mr. Pride", Rare Audio Restoration Of "The Transformation Scene", Excerpts From The Rival 1920 Version, Illustrated Essay On The Origins Of The Story, A Tour Of Chaney's Makeup Case And Penalty Props, Original Trailers, Rare Chaney Footage, Stills, By The Sun's Rays: A Complete 1914 Short, "Making Of" Essay And More.
Presented in Black & White; Silent Films with English Intertitles.
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||06/01/2010|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||426 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.96|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|
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