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Murnau, Borzage and Fox Box Set (2008)

Charles Farrell , Rose Hobart , Frank Borzage  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor, H.B. Warner, Lee Tracy
  • Directors: Frank Borzage
  • Writers: Benjamin Glazer, Ferenc Molnár, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EZE5E2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

12 DVD set contains important early works by these cinematic pioneers, most of which have never been on DVD before: Lazybones, Street Angel, 7th Heaven, Sunrise, Lucky Star, They Had To See Paris, City Girl, Liliom, After Tomorrow, Young America, Song O' My Heart, Bad Girl, plus a documentary about Murnau and Borzage at Fox.

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145 of 158 people found the following review helpful
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This is the biggest, heaviest, most pretentious, and worst box set packaging I have ever seen. It leaves the DVDs exposed to abrasion and scratching. Virtually all of the discs came pre-scratched, smudged, and abraded. The set weighs in at about 7 pounds, out of which only 8 ounces accounts for the DVDs. The contents come in a huge faux-leather, two-piece slip-case, which contains an over-sized cloth-bound binder measuring approximately 12 by 13 by 2 3/4 inches. It contains two coffee-table sized paper-back books slipped into pockets on the inside of the front and back boards of the binder. In between are pages with cardboard backing and short cardboard pockets into which the discs are tightly jammed. The playing surface of the discs are directly against cardboard. Three of the discs are the dual-sided variety, leaving BOTH sides exposed and subject to abrasion. The pockets are half the size of the discs, leaving them half in, half out. The dual-sided discs have an abrasion line worn straight across the middle of the playing surface, due to the rough edge of the top of the pocket. The damages to the discs are not limited to abrasion. Some have multiple long parallel linear scratches, looking very much like a cat tried to sharpen its claws on the playing surface. My guess is that some of the disc damage may have been from mishandling even before they were inserted into the pockets, although the rough pocket edges or debris could also be the problem. There are also smudges on the playing surfaces, so these discs may have been hand inserted, rather than by automated machinery. The pocket design is totally inappropriate. I found it impossible to extract a disc without having to touch the playing surfaces. Read more ›
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions... December 11, 2008
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I am noy going to comment on the contents - it's fabulous and a dream come true! I would like to express my extreme dissatisfaction with the packaging. Why make it so huge? What is the hidden reason? At the same time, the disks are not placed in individual sleeves and are prone to scratches. On top of it, the disk with 7th HEAVEN was defective - it would not play on both sides. I had to ca;l Amazon to ask for replacement. Also, I have to return the original package that literally weighs a ton. I did not expect this sloppiness from FOX.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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This collection contains 2 F.W. Murnau films and 10 films directed by Frank Borzage from the late silent through the early talkie era. Many of these have long been unavailable.

Silent Films:

Murnau's entries include:
Sunrise (1927) - The story of a farmer ready to forsake his wife and home for a city woman on vacation in their village. She suggests that the husband drown his wife and make it look like an accident. Beautiful visuals make you sorry the silent era ever ended. Already available on DVD in the Fox Best Picture Collection. This film won the only Oscar ever awarded for best artistic film.

City Girl (1930) - This film exists in a sound and silent version. I hope this version is the silent one I saw. Charles Farrell plays the son in a farming family sent to sell the family wheat crop. He doesn't get the money the family hoped for plus he returns with a city girl as wife. This film doesn't show life on the farm as the ideal, but shows the harsh economic reality of farming. As usual, Murnau will thrill you with his excellent visuals.

Borzage films:
Lazybones (1925) - A man knicknamed "Lazybones" raises a homeless girl. After she is grown, he begins to love her as a woman. This story may sound familiar, but Borzage throws some curves in along the way so don't expect the conventional ending or conventional journey to that ending.

Seventh Heaven (1928) - One of several popular pairings of Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor. Janet Gaynor plays a girl beaten almost to death by her sister who is rescued by Farrell, who plays a sewer worker who has become an atheist. The romance is interrupted by war. Farrell becomes a soldier, Gaynor becomes a munitions worker. Remade in the sound era, this silent version is much better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murnau/Borzage Fox Box Set August 5, 2010
This is a review for the MURNAU/ BORZAGE FOX BOX which was released in late 2009 to much acclaim but
probably not much sales due to the high list price of the giant DVD/book set. But with that rather high price came 13 mostly unavailable titles and two very large coffee table size books about the films and the film makers.

This box set is an extraordinary collection of films that just have not been seen in years and in fact
are so obscure as to be mostly unknown to most everyone.

There are 12 DVD discs that contain 12 complete films, one partial film (THE RIVER), and a very informative documentary about the directors, F.W. Murnau and Frank Borzage and their films. Along with the two very large
books this box set is one of the most comprehensive collections I have seen. And after watching all of it, this has to be the most satisfying film set ever put on the market.

Despite its still relatively high cost, I would hope that anyone who is interested will find some way to enjoy this remarkable set.

Here is a list of the films included in this box set:

LAZYBONES (1925) dby Frank Borzage. Buck Jones, Madge Bellamy, Zasu Pitts, Virginia Marshall, Edythe Chapman, Leslie Fenton. Frank Borzage's silent film about a town loafer who draws upon unknown reserves of kindness and love to help raise an unwanted litle girl who, after reaching her maturity, becomes the object of his affection. Buck Jones, nearly reprising his similar role in John Ford's JUST PALS (1920), gives yet another fine performance belieing his career as a B western star.
LAZYBONES covers over twenty years in these character's lives and does it with humor, grace and sympathy.

SUNRISE (1927) dby F.W. Murnau. George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Lindsay.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding DVD set
I bought this for my son for Xmas, he is a huge fan of old movies as am I, this box set is outstanding, well worth the cost!
Published 7 months ago by Deckard5254
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good if you buy it for the DVD's
I prefer to form my own opinion, but the other reviewers are on target. The films are excellent as you might expect from Murnau and Borzage. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Will L
4.0 out of 5 stars One film in the set: Will Rogers in "They Had to See Paris"
This 1929 film, the first "talkie" with Will Rogers, is remembered for pushing the Oklahoma humorist to the front rank of Hollywood stars. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by Donald M. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Standout collection. Last gasp of silent artistry.
I am really enjoying both the films and the packaging of this quintessential set. My set arrived in good condition and the DVD's are all in fine shape. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Dr. Bitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb package of rare films
This expansive and comprehensive package is a very risky proposition by its manufacturers. Containing a suite of films which bridge the coming of sound, they originate from Fox. Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by Douglas M
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised at Fox Box Set
I was very pleasanly surprised with the Fox Box Set. I had heard some horror stories of customers receiving the discs in terrible, scratched condition and the packaging being of... Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by smokey15
5.0 out of 5 stars No problem
No problem so far with my set. This a luxury edition of mostly rare films with excellent prints in most cases. I think it's a highly recomendable set.
Published on September 23, 2009 by Aron
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effort to make available silent masterpieces
Twentieth Century Fox deserves the highest praise for the effort to make available in DVD not only the best known silent movies but also those ones consider lost or not seen in... Read more
Published on August 22, 2009 by A. Gonzalez de Aguilar
5.0 out of 5 stars orange sticker on shipping box
My copy of the MURNAU, BORZAGE, AND FOX BOX SET is still in a snug cardboard case measuring 13.50" X 12.25" X 3. Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Rommy M. Masrour
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of Absolutely Superb!
I ordered this box set with some trepidation, after reading reviews of its "inadequate" boxing. However, I'm pleased to report that both the box itself and all the discs therein... Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by John Howard Reid
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