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coverFlicker Alley (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc edition of The Lost World (1925) starring Wallace Beery, Bessie Love and Lloyd Hughes.

This updated edition features a new 2K high-definition transfer of the film, with approximately eight minutes of recently-recovered footage.

The film is presented with a newly-composed music score by Robert Israel, which is performed by a full orchestra.

Supplementary material includes animator Willis O’Brien’s short films R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. (1917) and The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918).

The Blu-ray Disc edition will be available 12 September 2017.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of the restored version of William A. Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery.

The film is accompanied by a new music score arranged and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra from the original 1928 cue sheets.

The disc’s supplementary material includes an audio commentary by actor William Wellman, Jr.; an audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, founding director of the Louise Brooks Society; and an insert booklet with an essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton.

The discs will be available on 22 August 2017.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc edition of Varieté (1925) starring Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti. The edition has been mastered in HD from the 2015 35mm restoration of the film by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and Filmarchiv Austria.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

Supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi, and a 12-page booklet with an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.

The disc will be available on 22 August 2017.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has announced their dual disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922) starring Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding and William Powell.

The film has been restored from 35mm nitrate print materials held by the Library of Congress. This edition features a 16-page insert booklet with film notes by Lara Gabrielle Fowler.

The film is presented with a newly-composed music score performed on virtual theater pipe organ by Ben Model.

Kickstarter campaign backers have already received their copies; the dual-disc edition will be available beginning 25 July 2017 through Amazon.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has announced their DVD edition of Beauty’s Worth (1922) starring Marion Davies and Forrest Stanley.

The disc has been transferred in high-definition from 35mm print materials held by the Library of Congress.

The film is presented with a music score performed by Ben Model.

The DVD-R edition will be available beginning 25 July 2017 through Amazon.
 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has announced their DVD edition of The Bride’s Play (1922) starring Marion Davies and Jack O’Brien.

The disc has been transferred in high-definition from 35mm print materials held by the Library of Congress.

The film is presented with a music score performed by Ben Model.

The DVD-R edition will be available beginning 25 July 2017 through Amazon.
 
coverEureka Entertainment (England) has announced their dual disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Fritz Lang’s Destiny (1921) starring Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Lil Dagover.

The film has been restored by Anke Wilkening for the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. This updated edition features a new 2K high-definition transfer of the restoration, with the restored original German intertitles, and simulated historic color-tinting and color-toning of its original German release.

The film is presented with a newly-composed music score by Cornelius Schwehr commissioned by ZDF/ARTE and performed by the Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Frank Strobel.

The edition will be available 24 July 2017.
 
coverThe Criterion Collection (USA) has released their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926) starring Ivor Novello, June and Malcolm Keen. The edition has been mastered in 2K high-definition from 35mm archival materials.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Neil Brand and performed by the Orchestra of Saint Paul.

Supplementary material includes Hitchcock’s Downhill (1927) starring Ivor Novello, with a piano score by Brand; a new interview with film scholar William Rothman; a new video essay by art historian Steven Jacobs; excerpts from audio interviews with Hitchcock by filmmakers François Truffaut (1962) and Peter Bogdanovich (1963); a radio adaptation of The Lodger from 1940, directed by Hitchcock; a new interview with Brand on composing for silent film; and insert booklet essays on The Lodger and Downhill by critic Philip Kemp.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Zaza (1923) starring Gloria Swanson and H.B. Warner.

The film is accompanied by a piano score performed by Jeff Rapsis.

Supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi, and a 12-page booklet with an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition The Sheik (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres and Adolphe Menjou.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed and performed by Ben Model.

Supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Gaylyn Studlar; archival footage taken at Valentino’s funeral; and original theatrical trailer of Valentino’s Blood and Sand (1922).
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of The Son of the Sheik (1926) starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed and performed by The Alloy Orchestra.

Supplementary material includes an introduction by Orson Welles; the documentary short film Valentino: His Life and Times; the short film Valentino at the Beach (aka The Sheik’s Physique); a trailer for The Young Rajah (1922); and a gallery of newspaper headlines on Valentino’s illness and death.
 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD collection Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (1902-1943).

The collection features films by Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner and Maya Deren.

The films are accompanied by music scores composed by Sergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
 
coverThe Sprocket Vault (USA) has released their DVD edition of The Mysterious Airman (1928) starring Walter Miller and Eugenia Gilbert. The edition has been mastered in high-definition from the only 35mm nitrate print that is known to survive.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Andrew Earle Simpson.

 
coverBritish Film Institute (England) has released their dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition of The Informer (1929) starring Lars Hanson and Lya de Putti. The edition has been mastered from new high-definition restorations of the silent and sound versions of the film by the British Film Institute.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Garth Knox.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their dual-format Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition of Irvin Willat’s Behind the Door (1919) starring Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak and Wallace Beery. The edition has been mastered from the new restoration of the film by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Stephen Horne.

 
coverOlive Films (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Wagon Tracks (1919) starring William S. Hart. The disc has been mastered from a high-definition video transfer of a 35mm print held by the Library of Congress.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Andrew Earle Simpson.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Frank Lloyd’s drama Children of Divorce (1927) starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

The edition also contains the documentary Clara Bow: Discovering the ‘It’ Girl (1999) by Hugh Munro Neely and Elaina B. Archer.
 
coverBFI Video (England) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Abel Gance’s masterpiece Napoleon (1927) starring Albert Dieudonné, Antonin Artaud, Pierre Batcheff and Gina Manès.

The edition features the latest restoration version of the film by Kevin Brownlow of Photoplay Productions. The film is accompanied by the music score composed by Carl Davis.

North American collectors will need a region-free Blu-ray Disc player or a region-free DVD player capable of outputting a compatible signal to American televisions.
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