A few words about…™ Man of a Thousand Faces — in Blu-ray

4 Stars

I recall seeing Joseph Pevney’s Man of a Thousand Faces late in the summer of 1957 in its original run in Manhattan. As a huge fan of all things horror (the Universal films were a TV staple), and just getting into film history, this was an important screening for me, as it put a number of things in perspective.

At that time, while I knew Lon Chaney, Jr. primarily from the Universal horror titles, I only knew his father from Phantom, Notre Dame and another silent film, Nomads of the North.

Arrow’s new Blu-ray is perfect in every detail, with proper grain, a gorgeous gray scale, and nice black levels.

Zero problems with either image or track.

For Cagney fans, or lovers of cinema history, there’s a lot to like here.

For those into minutia, you’ll find Jeanne Cagney, playing Lon’s sister, Carrie. Some may recall seeing her as Mr. Cohan’s sister in Yankee Doodle Dandy, fifteen years previous.

Silent comic ‘Snub’ Pollard is on hand as a waiter in an early studio scene, and Troy Donahue (uncredited) plays an asst. director. Nicky Blair, later a Hollywood restaurateur, plays the cameraman in the Unholy Three sequence.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely

Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,member

17 Comments

  1. Robert Crawford

    No, it's a 1080p presentation. I'm currently watching the disc right now and it looks much better than any previous viewing I've experienced.

    Mr. Harris had 4K UHD in the title of the thread when I posted. He's since corrected it.

  2. Should have mine across the Pacific by Monday night my time, so Fedex tell me.

    Heard tell Cagney's last, Ragtime, is out or coming out on Blu ray. Can't find any listing of this. Lo0ved to have a Blu Ray edition. I have the book and the DVD. In recent years I read the book and enjoyed it.

  3. moviepas

    Heard tell Cagney's last, Ragtime, is out or coming out on Blu ray. Can't find any listing of this. Lo0ved to have a Blu Ray edition. I have the book and the DVD. In recent years I read the book and enjoyed it.

    Ragtime has been near the top of my Blu-ray wishlist for a really long time.

  4. Mike Frezon

    Ragtime has been near the top of my Blu-ray wishlist for a really long time.

    Have no fear as I bought the HD digital from iTunes earlier this year which practically guarantees a Blu-ray release in the near future.;)

  5. Robert Crawford

    No, it's a 1080p presentation. I'm currently watching the disc right now and it looks much better than any previous viewing I've experienced.

    I almost forgot to say this is one beautiful Blu-ray with some good bonus material from Arrow. :thumbsup:

  6. moviepas

    Should have mine across the Pacific by Monday night my time, so Fedex tell me.

    Heard tell Cagney's last, Ragtime, is out or coming out on Blu ray. Can't find any listing of this. Lo0ved to have a Blu Ray edition. I have the book and the DVD. In recent years I read the book and enjoyed it.

    The French Blu is quite good. I haven't optimism that Paramount will release this stateside, even though there are (so far unsubstantiated) rumors that the studio is about to start releasing some of its own catalog again.

  7. It looks absolutely gorgeous! This is really an entertaining film — mostly ficticious — but very well done. It's almost got a Douglas Sirk melodramatic feel. The commentary is outstanding. Thank goodness we get actual production information as well as background on the real story instead of psychological evaluation as seems to be the new trend. The reversible artwork is beautiful as well. Well done again, Arrow. You are quickly becoming my favorite! Can Arrow please give us THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in a similar package?

  8. warnerbro

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! This is really an entertaining film — mostly ficticious — but very well done. It's almost got a Douglas Sirk melodramatic feel. The commentary is outstanding. Thank goodness we get actual production information as well as background on the real story instead of psychological evaluation as seems to be the new trend. The reversible artwork is beautiful as well. Well done again, Arrow. You are quickly becoming my favorite! Can Arrow please give us THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in a similar package?

    I agree with you in everything you stated. A wonderful audio commentary.

  9. warnerbro

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! This is really an entertaining film — mostly ficticious — but very well done. It's almost got a Douglas Sirk melodramatic feel. The commentary is outstanding. Thank goodness we get actual production information as well as background on the real story instead of psychological evaluation as seems to be the new trend. The reversible artwork is beautiful as well. Well done again, Arrow. You are quickly becoming my favorite! Can Arrow please give us THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in a similar package?

    Fictitious? A Hollywood biography of a Hollywood star? I’m shocked! Shocked! That such a thing could occur. 😆

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