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For all lovers of gore and cinematographic atmosphere,
This review is from: Lon Chaney Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Lon Chaney was but a name to me, when I first watched this luxurious double-DVD, and already he feels quite familiar to me. Not enough praise can be lavished on TCM's initiative, the restored films are pristine and gorgeous to look at, the newly commissioned scores are idiomatic, melodic and challenging in a way that doesn't distract you from the actual films, and the long documentary offers fascinating angles at Hollywood and the gore of the 20's. Of the films, 'Laugh, Clown, Laugh' is an underrated gem, very similar, and quite superior, to Chaplin's 'Limelight', with climaxes I'm not liable to ever forget again - a true classic. The grotesque, incredibly morbid and outrageously un-PC 'Unknown' is ... well, sort of hard to take, but one is spellbound for its one hour duration. For the price of those two, for the documentary and for the knowledgeable commentaries that follow each of the three films, I can only recommend any lover of silent films or melodrama or cinematic atmosphere to purchase this set.
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