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Lost believed movies by Fejos with talk-sequences
on October 27, 2014
This Blu-Ray release contains as main-movie: "Lonesome" starring Barbara Kent and handsome Glenn Tryon.
Both playing lonesome hearts in the big city of New York and deciding to go to Coney Island to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend after having a long working day/week.
Fazit: its a nice lovestory with a surprising ending. Just a few scenes might be a little bit to "long" but otherwise it makes sense for a "long"-working-day.
Jim's (Glenn Tryon) Friend is played by Andy Devine.
Înteresting: the movies was meant to be silent but contains 3 short talking/dialogue scenes and also some color-scenes (at the carnival).
The Picture Quality: I would call it not perfect but good. The Dialogue scenes have better picture Quality than the silent scenes.
As bonus are added two more movies:
a musical called "BROADWAY" (104 MIN), the studios first talking movie (but also a silent version was released) which contains Technicolor-Sequences also starring Glenn Tryon.
The other by far more interesting, entertaining movie is "The Last Performance" which was believed to be lost but a danish copie survived and was used (incl. danish intertitels) for this Blu-Ray Release: optional English Subitles available (!)
Star of this movie is Conrad Veidt ("Casablanca") as Erik the Great who is in love with is young assistant Julie. Erik catched a thief, Mark (played by handsome Fred MacKaye, his next movie was "Our Dancing Daughters") but is giving him a chance to work for him. Mark and Julie going to be in love which Erik don't like. He makes a evil decision.
The picture Quality is good.
One more "true" Bonus is a audio-record (optional english Subtitles available) by Paul Fejos who talks about his life and working on the movies - which might be interesting for movie goers/fans.
FAZIT: Criterion did it again - releasing some rare-seen titles. The Set contains also a 34-page-booklet.
ATTENTION: Region Code A