Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer (5-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 5
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 12 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 2, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Flicker Alley
Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
5-Disc Set - Slipsleeve Box
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (None) - Silent Movies
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Title Cards - English
- Additional Text - Essay by Authors Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance
- Galleries - Stills Gallery Containing Over 40 images from Fairbanks's Personal Collection
- Collectible - Original Pressbook Materials from HIS PICTURE IN THE PAPERS, WILD AND WOOLLY, REACHING FOR THE MOON, A MODERN MUSKETEER, THE MOLLYCODDLE and THE NUT
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Douglas Fairbanks & Kathleen Clifford|
|Performer:||Kathleen Clifford, Noah Beery, Constance Talmadge, Wilbur Higby, Marjorie Daw & Kathleen Kirkham|
|Directed by||Allan Dwan, Fred Niblo, Paul Powell, Victor Fleming & Theodore Reed|
|Composition by||Robert Israel & Philip Carli|
Swashbuckler, silent film pioneer, and all-around screen legend--Douglas Fairbanks is given new life with this extensive collection of some of his most endearing and high-flying moments. This set includes 11 digitally mastered films that showcase why Fairbanks was at one point the biggest star in the world: HIS PICTURE IN THE PAPERS, THE MYSTERY OF THE LEAPING FISH, FLIRTING WITH FATE, AND THE MATRIMANIAC, WILD AND WOOLLY, REACHING FOR THE MOON, A MODERN MUSKETEER, WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, THE MOLLYCODDLE, THE MARK OF ZORRO, and THE NUT.
Description by Flicker Alley:
This five-disc DVD collection includes eleven of the delightful modern-dress comedies, westerns, satires, dream-fantasies and romances which made Fairbanks a popular hero, before he launched into the costume spectacles for which he is best remembered.
The set begins with four films produced in 1916 through Triangle-Fine Arts: His Picture in the Papers, The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, Flirting With Fate and The Matrimaniac. The collection continues with three films produced by Fairbanks for Artcraft / Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in 1917 and 1918: Wild and Woolly (1917), Reaching for the Moon (1917) and A Modern Musketeer (1918). Finally, four wonderful features that Fairbanks produced for United are included: When the Clouds Roll By (1919), The Mollycoddle (1920), The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Nut (1921).
In addition to Fairbanks's great talent, these ebullient films are also informed by gifted collaborators, including scenario writer Anita Loos and directors Allan Dwan and Victor Fleming, among others. This body of work showcases the lively "All-American" character that Fairbanks would continue to draw upon in his later 1920s epics.
Many of the films in this collection have been digitally mastered from 35mm or original-negative sources with music scores created for these editions by Eric Beheim, Philip Carli, Frederick Hodges, Robert Israel, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and Franklin Stover. A Modern Musketeer, long thought to survive only as a fragment, is finally complete in a new restoration by the Danish Film Institute with an optional audio essay by Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta. The Mark of Zorro is digitally re-mastered from an original 35mm fine grain.
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