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Kino Classic's The Selznick Collection (Nothing Sacred, A Farewell To Arms, A Star is Born, Bird of Paradise, Little Lord Fauntleroy) (1932)

Carole Lombard , Frederic March , William A. Wellman , Frank Borzage  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Carole Lombard, Frederic March, Janet Gaynor, Adolphe Mejou, Helen Hayes
  • Directors: William A. Wellman, Frank Borzage, King Vidor, John Cromwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 457 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00917IPY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award winner David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind, Rebecca) has produced some of the greatest films in the history of motion pictures. Kino Classics is proud to present a five disc collection (in both DVD and Blu-ray configurations) of some of his best works including Nothing Sacred (1937), A Farewell to Arms (1932), A Star is Born (1937), Bird of Paradise (1932) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) all beautifully Mastered in HD from an original nitrate 35mm print, preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department and authorized from the estate of David O. Selznick.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A DISGRACE - DON'T BUY IT! January 7, 2013
Last week I gave away an Electrolux vacuum cleaner. It was purchased by my mother in New Jersey in 1968. It cleaned our homes in New Jersey and Florida for 15 years, and it is still functioning perfectly. I only gave it away because today's lightweight vacs are much easier to tote. I tell this story because there was a time in this country when companies took pride in their products and ripping consumers off was unheard of, or at the very least, it seldom occurred. But the years have passed and companies don't care about quality anymore. Now it's all about getting top dollar for inferior products that promise you everything and deliver nothing. Such is the case with Kino's The Selznick Collection. All five films in this boxed set claim the following: MASTERED IN HD FROM AN ORIGINAL NITRATE 35MM PRINT PRESERVED BY THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE MOTION PICTURE DEPARTMENT. If this is actually true I am willing to eat all five DVDs and then the cardboard box itself. All five films are of substandard quality, some of them so awful that they are barely viewable. The most disastrous of them all is BIRD OF PARADISE, with the lovely Dolores del Rio, which is not only marred by visuals worthy of bad public domain piracy but is also afflicted with a distortion of its soundtrack from the very beginning of the film, making the dialog unintelligible, to say nothing about Max Steiner's fabulous score, which is distorted beyond recognition. I have seen public domain copies of this film which are superior to this absolute merde Kino claims came from an original nitrate negative. Sound and image problems plague all five releases. The two Technicolor classics, A STAR IS BORN and NOTHING SACRED suffer from color variations which go from a pinkish hue to something that looks like three-strip Technicolor. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for old-movie fans March 10, 2014
Any reviewer claiming that all movies in this set have substandard video quality and are no better than public-domain releases should not be trusted.
It's pretty obvious that sources in very different conditions have been used for each one of them.
There's actually one movie in this set that has universally (by expert reviewers) praised, excellent image quality, besides the fact that it's the original pre-code cut of the movie, NOT available in ANY public-domain release of it, ever (only the Image dvd used it before this, it's "A farewell to arms").
"Little lord Fauntleroy" is also a joy to watch for any old-movie fan that knows how they're supposed to look. A few nicks and scratches don't disqualify a transfer in my book.
The George Eastman house doesn't allow their name to be used in vain, as far as I know.
I have seen hundreds of old films on dvd and blu-ray and I know how they can look, from awful vhs-tape rip-off, to expensive restoration from the original negatives. I have seen other editions of the movies included in this set. And all of this leads me to conclude that you won't find better looking editions of these movies anywhere. That alone should tell you something: mainly that better sources for these movies are not available (Disney owns restores prints of both the Technicolor movies but don't licence them easily).
Yes, there are distortion problems in the "Bird of paradise" audio, and there is color shifting in the Technicolor movies. But these are limitations of the sources that couldn't be corrected without spending many dollars. It comes with the territory, in my opinion. And the movies have NEVER LOOKED BETTER (ON HOME-VIDEO, OF COURSE).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Selznick Collection July 29, 2013
I watched all the Kinolorber Selznick Collection and that the DVD transfers were good quality. Mr. Fina complained of inferior picture quality and poor sound. I did not see the poor picture quality or pick up any sound distortions. I have viewed a number older movies from the same period and found the quality the same. I am sure if Mr. Fina would to take the time he would see the same for other older films. He should take the time to buy the Blue Ray and and view it on his HDTV!
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I love all of these films. I doubt the negatives for these titles exist, so here we get transfers of Selznicks personal prints of these films. Kino claims that they do no restoration of the titles they release--you get HD transfers of what they have available, warts and all. There is a myth that 3 strip Technicolor prints do not fade, but they obviously do as witnessed by the print used for the best film in this set: NOTHING SACRED. The color quality varies from reel to reel, with occasional vibrancy but for the most part a brownish hue underlies everything. 3 strip negatives do not fade, and if there was a negative to work with, we would see a much better transfer. Still, detail is all there, as you would expect from an HD transfer.

Again, I've never really seen better transfers of these titles, even back to the old laserdisc editions. If you want to own these titles, I don't think you'll do any better than this set--unless someone can dig up the negatives, which I believe are long gone. A transferist might be able to restore the color digitally, but Kino is never going to spend the $$$ for that. Best advice is to buy this set as cheaply as you can and enjoy.
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