The Big Parade is 88 years old.
It's a "silent" film, which unfortunately to many, will mean that it may be off limits. It's not even in color, and tinting may not help those with a pre-determined conceit against it.
One of the most important points that I can make about The Big Parade, is that anyone who doesn't immediately grab a copy because of some angst about the "silent" cinema, will be missing one of the great experiences in the history of cinema -- all 119 years of it.
The Big Parade is extraordinary film-making for any era. Everything is in place, from the screenplay to acting, cinematography, editing...
and as a huge big cherry on top of this particular ice cream sundae, is a brilliant score by the great Carl Davis.
The film elements on The Big Parade have had an interesting history. Thought lost in the 1970s fire at GEH, along with so much other nitrate history, it was discovered after a recent inventory, that the original camera negative was actually still there, and safe.
Now scanned at 4k, cinephiles amongst the Blu-ray audience are the ultimate beneficiary of the work performed.
Make no mistake.
The Big Parade, in all 151 minutes of its "silent" glory, is something to be treasured. The fact that it survives in such incredible quality is a gift from the film gods. Had their been an Academy Award in 1925...
Image - 5
Audio - 5
Extremely Highly Recommended.