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John Barrymore Collection (Sherlock Holmes / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / The Beloved Rogue / Tempest) (4pc) (Silent) (Full) (2009)

John Barrymore , Albert Parker , John S. Robertson  |  NR |  DVD

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SHERLOCK HOLMES (1922) - From the collection of the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department. - When a young prince is accused of a crime that could embroil him in international scandal, debonair super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes comes to his aid, and quickly discovers that behind the incident lurks a criminal mastermind eager to reduce Western civilization to anarchy. Adapted from the hugely popular stage version of Arthur Conan Doyle s stories (by William Gillette), SHERLOCK HOLMES not only provided Barrymore with one of his most prestigious early roles, but also presented the screen debuts of two notable actors: William Powell (The Thin Man) and Roland Young (Topper). SHERLOCK HOLMES was mastered from a 35mm restoration by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, and is accompanied by a score by Ben Model, performed on the Miditzer Virtual Theatre Organ. Starring John Barrymore, Roland Young, Carol Dempster, and William Powell.

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920) Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story, recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. Mastered from a 35mm negative and complemented with a wealth of supplemental material, this Kino on Video edition beautifully showcases the dramatic brilliance and gruesome thrills of this influential American classic. (LOADED WITH EXTRAS) Starring John Barrymore, Nita Naldi, and Charles Lane.

THE BELOVED ROGUE (1926) John Barrymore In the swashbuckling adventures of Francois Villon. - Includes Filmed Introduction by Orson Welles - John Barrymore sought to out-swashbuckle Douglas Fairbanks in his breathless depiction of France s rapscallion poet, thief and vagabond: François Villon (1431-1463). To prove his mettle, he bounds over the snowy rooftops of Paris, scales a castle tower, and is hurled skyward by the royal catapult but this is no mere stunt picture. Barrymore wielded a simmering sexuality that Fairbanks lacked, endowing the film with an element of eroticism that perfectly suits Villon, who loved France earnestly, Frenchwomen excessively, French wine exclusively. A lavish spectacle boasting the set designs of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad), THE BELOVED ROGUE is Hollywood myth-making at its most ambitious...and entertaining. Starring John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, and Mack Swain.

THE TEMPEST (1928) John Barrymore in a stirring romance of Russia on the brink of revolution. An epic romance set in Russia during the final days of the Tsarist autocracy, TEMPEST stars John Barrymore as Sgt. Ivan Markov, a dedicated soldier who defies the rigid class system to receive an officer s commission. But even as he rises through the ranks of military and society, he must contend with resentment from the aristocratic officers including the monocled Ullrich Haupt, who delivers a sinister performance worthy of Erich von Stroheim, himself an uncredited screenwriter on the project. Ignoring the warnings of a grim political prophet (Boris de Fast), Ivan continues his climb to power, and falls in love with a haughty princess (Faust s Camilla Horn), who spurns him and causes him to be stripped of rank. However, the tables are turned when the prophecy of a people s revolt is realized, upending the aristocracy and putting Ivan and Princess Tamara at the mercy of a sweeping tide of fate. Starring John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, and Louis Wolheim.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be or Not To Be May 2, 2009
Kino is releasing a new four-DVD box set with four films of the silent era starring legendary John Barrymore. Nice going Kino. In 1925, John Barrymore reprised his Broadway stage production of "Hamlet" in London. Also in 1925, he signed a two-picture contract with Joseph Schenck of United Artists, and in the next two years he produced "The Beloved Rogue" and "The Tempest(though Barrymore earned only $2,000 per week as compared to the $10,000 per week he had earned at Warner Bros.)". Both of these films are part of this new collection.
First up is "Sherlock Holmes", based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story.
The film follows the famous Broadway play, including Homles' early days, in which he decides to study criminology. Holmes comes face-to-face with arch enemy Professor Moriarty(Gustav von Seyffertitz). A young William
Powell has a small role in his first Hollywood movie. "Sherlock Holmes" was shot, in part, on location in London and Switzerland. Watch for a scene with Barrymore strolling along the Thames near the London Bridge. Director Albert Parker later complained of Barrymore's drinking during the production. Though Barrymore is fine, the movie suffers from lengthy subtitles, and the pace is sadly tedious. This is the first official release of the 1922 "Sherlock Holmes", on either VHS or DVD, but avid collectors have had access to it for several years. "Sherlock Holmes" was believed to be a lost film, until a battered print surfaced in the 1970's. It was recovered by film historian James Card, and a restored version was fashioned by George Eastman House Motion Pictures, where Card was working. 1922. B & W. Full-Frame. (1.33:1).
Second is "The Beloved Rogue", with Barrymore as famous Parisian poet/vagabond Francois Villon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality releases but not much else December 18, 2009
The thrill of the initial announcement for this is slightly dimineshed by the contents of the set. The big news of the press release was that the long-lost Sherlock Holmes is finally coming to home video. Some of us were wondering if it would considering the restored reconstuction was almost 10 years ago in 2001. I can only speculate that the long delay must have been financial or legal, since this was a bare-bones release. That's a shame too, since there are volumes of extras that could have been easily created about this particular film, the character Sherlock Holmes, or the actors. In addition to John Barrymore, the film also contains the debuts of William Powell and Roland Young; a simple featurette could have pointed them out to the unfamiliar. I think the most glaring omission is about the history of the film. For being a lost film for years, the reconstruction was a challenge not because of limited available materials, but instead because the elements surviving included EVERY take jumbled out of order. Theoretically, there is a lot of material out there that didn't make it onto the DVD, it would have been nice to see some of that here. Lastly, this film, and the other releases new to Kino in this set, present a new trend in minimal menus that I'm not very fond of, with about 6 chapter selections listed right on the main menu. Granted, there aren't many extras in the set that they could have branched to, but even when there are, those are still just on the main menu. This trend is reminiscent of the early days of DVD, when not every DVD had menus or chapter selections. Even on past releases with no extra features, Kino displayed a main menu and more sophisticated chapter selections.

As for the other films, Dr. Jekyl and Mr.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good value if you don't already own these April 4, 2009
The following is from the press release for this set:

Sherlock Holmes (1922) was mastered from a 35mm restoration by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, and is accompanied by a score by Ben Model, performed on the Miditzer Virtual Theatre Organ. It is the only new release in this set.

The other three titles are The Beloved Rogue (1927), Tempest (1928) [both previously released by Image Entertainment] and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) [previously released by Kino]. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is in American Silent Horror Collection (The Man Who Laughs/The Penalty/The Cat and the Canary/Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde/Kingdom of Shadows) (5pc) which I own and highly recommend. Only The Beloved Rogue has any extras, which is an introduction by Orson Welles. The Beloved Rogue is not a well-known Barrymore silent, but it shows him in a cross between swashbuckler and comic that is quite entertaining. Plus you get Conrad Veidt, who up to this time had been playing tragic characters in horror films. Formerly released on DVD in 2002, if this is the same transfer it is a good but not great transfer. The Tempest is a film that has John Barrymore as a Russian peasant in search of a military career at the time of WWI/the Russian Revolution. He is caught in a compromising position, and though innocent, is stripped of rank and thrown into prison for the appearance of the thing. Along comes the Russian Revolution and changes everything. Initially released in 2003, this is a pretty good transfer of the film. If Kino restores Sherlock Holmes like they recently restored the Murnau films, that should be some treat to behold.
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