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Robert Harris

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George Eastman House is the repository for some of our greatest nitrate treasures, and works hard to see that they're preserved, restored, and made available.

Kino's The Penalty (1920), is derived from a beautiful 35mm source courtesy of GEH, and viewing its 87 minutes, replete with original tinting is like traveling back in time.

Lon Chaney, whose career is sometimes presumed to include two or three films from the 1920s -- everyone is aware of The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- but, beginning in 1912, he had over 160 films (many shorts) to his credit, before he made his final film, the talkie version of The Unholy Three in 1930.

One of the earlier of his more famous appearances, The Penalty allows more than of glimpse of what was to come from the extremely talented artist. A Goldwyn Production, the film also carries with it enough requisite quality to allow it to stand the test of time as entertainment, as opposed to simply being antique cinema.

The Blu-ray offers, as extras, a quality featurette discussing Chaney's background and make-up expertise, along with a display of artifacts; surviving footage of The Miracle Man (1919), and Chaney's 1914 western short, By the Sun's Rays, his 30th film.

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Recommended.

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Robert Crawford

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Chaney was only 47 when he died. It would've been interesting to see what Thalberg had in mind with him for MGM sound films.







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Glad to see your thoughts, and it's on my "order soon" list. One of my favorite Chaney films, and better than many of his more famous MGM films from later in the '20s.
 

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I was happily ignoring this title in order to give my wallet a rest but now you've intrigued me. CURSES! ;)

thanks for the review as always.
 

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