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coverThe Criterion Collection (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd. The editions have been mastered from a new 4K digital restoration of archival 35mm print materials.

The film is accompanied by the 1992 musical score by composer Carl Davis, which has been synchronized and restored under his supervision.

The supplementary materials include audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein and Scott McGee; “In the Footsteps of ‘Speedy,’” a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York locations; a new visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein; an essay by critic Phillip Lopate; a selection of archival footage of baseball legend Babe Ruth; a selection of Lloyd’s home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd; plus, a presentation of Bumping into Broadway (1919), newly restored and featuring a 2004 score by Robert Israel.
 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc edition of Faust (1926) starring Emil Jannings and Gösta Ekman and directed by F.W. Murnau.

This remastered edition contains the F.W. Murnau Stiftung’s high-definition restoration of the original German release version of the film, as well as a supplemental DVD of the longer alternate cut of the film prepared by the UFA Studios in 1930 for distribution in the U.S.

The BD presentation features a piano score by Perez de Azpeitia, adapted from the original 1926 orchestral arrangement, and an optional orchestral score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The orchestral score by Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, accompanies the U.S. release version.
 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has released their combination Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies 1915 (1915-1918) starring Charles Chaplin and Edna Purviance. The collection is mastered in high-definition from the 35mm restoration materials produced by Lobster Films and Cineteca di Bologna under the aegis of Association Chaplin.

The edition will feature music scores composed, compiled and performed by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Robert Israel and Timothy Brock.

 
coverFlicker Alley (USA) has announced their combination Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition of Sherlock Holmes (1916) starring William Gillette. The edition will be mastered in high-definition from the 35mm restoration materials produced by La Cinémathèque française and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The edition will feature an original score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius, and will be supplemented by a number of Sherlock Holmes silent era films.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) starring Louise Brooks.

The 2K remastered edition features a new piano score by Javier Perez de Azpeitia, and full-length audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society.

 
coverUndercrank Productions (USA) has announced their DVD edition of The Family Secret (1924) starring Baby Peggy, with Gladys Hulette and Edward Earle. The film is presented from the restoration by the Library of Congress. Also included are two Baby Peggy shorts, Circus Clowns (1922) and Miles of Smiles (1923).

The films are presented with music scores performed by Ben Model.

 
coverKino Lorber (USA) has announced their Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney.

The editions present the 1929 rerelease version with an orchestral music score by Gabriel Thibaudeau the historic Gaylord Carter theater organ score, and with a new music score by The Alloy Orchestra. The original 1925 version is presented with a piano music score by Frederick Hodges. For the first time on home video, lengthy excerpts from the 1930 sound rerelease of the film are presented with the soundtrack from the surviving Vitaphone discs.

 
Chicago Review Press (USA) has published a new biography The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel. The book is available in hardcover and in a Kindle edition.
 
Kino Lorber (USA) has released their separate Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions of The Epic of Everest (1924), which has been prepared from the British Film Institute’s restoration of the cinematic document of the expedition of Mt. Everest of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine shot and directed by Captain John Noel. The film is presented with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.
 
Flicker Alley (USA) has released their Blu-ray Disc collection, Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works (1924-1934), which features new high-resolution transfers of Kino-Eye (1924), The Man with the Camera (1929), Enthusiasm: The Symphony of the Donbass (1931) and Three Songs About Lenin (1934). The silent films are accompanied by music scores performed by The Alloy Orchestra and Robert Israel.
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