London After Midnight, Rick Schmidlin's skillful photo reconstruction of the lost 1927 film.
- Audio Commentaries by Chaney Biographyer Michael F. Blake
- Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne
- Subtitles in French and English
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 5 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 28, 2003
- Originally Released: 1921
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
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Film Comment - 11/01/2003
Premiere - 03/01/2004
"[A] well-stacked deck..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2004
"[T]his set proves that few actors have spoken so eloquently through the medium of film as Lon Chaney."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Long before teams of technicians used computers to bring monsters and superheroes to the screen, one man equipped with little more than a makeup kit and a remarkable acting talent dazzled moviegoers with his ability to transform himself into all manner of men, monsters and outcasts. That man was Lon Chaney.
This 2-disc Chaney celebration includes three of his major works. The Ace of Hearts (1921, a tale of murderous intrigue), Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928, Chaney is a love-smitten circus clown) and The Unknown (1927, Chaney is an armless knife thrower) are in their most complete surviving versions. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, Turner Classic Movies' compelling documentary Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces explores Chaney's diverse career and very private personal life. They are a few of this genius's thousand faces - faces that continue to amaze and entertain.
One of the most prolific, widely celebrated actors in history, Lon Chaney used nothing more than a small make-up kit and an uncanny knack for changing faces to succeed during the silent film era. This collection presents three of his more memorable films--THE ACE OF HEARTS; LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH; and THE UNKNOWN--as well as Turner Classic Movies' special documentary, LON CHANEY: A THOUSAND FACES. See individual titles for detailed descriptions.
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