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Pre Hays Code Hollywood (Mostly)

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Forbidden Hollywood Collection 1 [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Forbidden Hollywood Collection 1 [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A good introduction to the torrid melodramas that were popular before the Hays code had its way with Hollywood."
Mae West - Screen Goddess Boxset [DVD]
Mae West - Screen Goddess Boxset [DVD]
"She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel. I'm not that keen on Mae West in all honesty her films are a little dry but she's an archetypal figure from the era."
Queen Christina [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Queen Christina [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Greta Garbo's best, like Mae West she is an interesting figure and a good actress but most of her films are a little flat (this may be an unpopular view)."
Screen Goddess Collection: Marlene Dietrich [DVD]
Screen Goddess Collection: Marlene Dietrich [DVD]
"See all the pre-code Dietrichs this is just a cheap way to get some of them. Listed in order of preference: The Scarlet Empress, Blonde Venus, Dishonored, Morocco, Shanghai Express, Song of Songs"
Busby Berkeley Collection [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Busby Berkeley Collection [DVD] [1933] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Three great films 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade even if you don't like musicals the numbers are mini masterpieces of technical innovation plus the films are funny and engergetic."
Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"The Mask of Fu Manchu is a very fun and surprisingly kinky adventure that could almost be used to define what Edward Said meant by Orientalism. Doctor X is a great 2 strip technicolor comic shocker."
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
[1931 & 1941] [DVD]
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [1931 & 1941] [DVD]
"Probably the best pre-code horror film that I've seen, both very Victorian and very Modern."
Criterion Collection: Most Dangerous Game [DVD] [1932] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Most Dangerous Game [DVD] [1932] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Another fine adventure romp with a good serving of kink on the side. Will be interesting for fans of King Kong as it's by the same production team and reuses many of the sets and actors."
The Old Dark House [1932] [DVD]
The Old Dark House [1932] [DVD]
"I'm not so keen on the Universal films but this is probably the one closest to my sensibility."
Freaks [1932] [DVD]
Freaks [1932] [DVD]
"A little dull given its reputation though it does have one or two powerful scenes."
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Social issue films from this era were a lot tougher in depicting a grim and corrupt world. Politically many of these films leant to the left more heavily then Hollywood would again until the 60s."
Scarface [DVD]
Scarface [DVD]
"The gangster film was an off shot of the social problem picture. This is probably the most iconic film along with 'Public Enemy' but the thick and sterotypical Italian American accents grate."
The Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan Collection  [DVD]
The Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan Collection [DVD]
"In particular Tarzan and His Mate a good natured adventure complete with a funny attitude to monogamy and Maureen O' Sullivan's famous nude swim."
Criterion Collection: Wc Fields - 6 Short Films [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Wc Fields - 6 Short Films [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Not great but an interesting collection of shorts by a comedian who doesn't conform to the Chaplin mould. Misanthropic and laid back in style and occasionally very funny."
It Happened One Night [DVD]
It Happened One Night [DVD]
"More realistic and more likeable then later 'screwball comedies'."
Cecil B Demille Collection [DVD] [1934] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cecil B Demille Collection [DVD] [1934] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Sign of the Cross, Four Frightened People. One's a epic kink fest with the Christians getting thrown to the lions and then some, the other is yet another adventure romp in an exotic locale."
All Quiet on the Western Front [DVD]
All Quiet on the Western Front [DVD]
"A classic anti war film and a good example of populist and challenging American cinema."
Ben Hur (4 Disc Special Edition) [1959] [DVD]
Ben Hur (4 Disc Special Edition) [1959] [DVD]
"The silent version not the monotnous 50s one. Surprisingly Christian and enjoyabley adult (these things can go hand in hand) this is really quite watchable slice of American silent cinema."
Lon Chaney Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Lon Chaney Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"The Unknown is one of the most enjoyable silent I've ever seen, extremely bizzare and almost demanding of a Freudian interpretation, it is also tinged with Lon Chaney's uniqued brand of pathos."
Queen Kelly [DVD] [1929] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Queen Kelly [DVD] [1929] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Erich von Stroheim was a good director but his films are a little over blown, the Wedding March is probably the best. This is the film that Gloria Swanson watches of herself in Sunset Boulevard."
Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Betty Boop is more pre-hays codey but this Popeye set is much better quality then any of the Boop dvd's available, These films showcase the Fliescher's amusing, cartoony surrealism."
La Kermesse héroïque [1935] [DVD]
La Kermesse héroïque [1935] [DVD]
"A lot of global cinema from the 1930s is of interest, this French film is in keeping with the pre-hayes code spirit in its energetic and satirical approach to historical subject matter."
Ecstasy [DVD] [1932] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Ecstasy [DVD] [1932] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"This is a very early sound film and a good example of sophisticated pre WW2 European cinema."
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood
Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood
"Lot's of pretty pictures."
Complicated Women
Complicated Women
"Not too academic but a lot good inormation."