Murnau, Borzage, & Fox Boxset
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, the quality of the DVDs is exceptionally fine; most could be taken as equivalent to Blu-ray. Secondly, most of the titles in this set are ambitious efforts by Messrs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Kats
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 on January 29, 2014 by Deckard5254
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 morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Will L
This 1929 film, the first "talkie" with Will Rogers, is remembered for pushing the Oklahoma humorist to the front rank of Hollywood stars. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Donald M. Bishop
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 morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Dr. Bitz
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 morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Douglas M
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 morePublished on November 27, 2009 by smokey15
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