Here is the Press Release in full, culled from Kino’s own website: “KINO ON VIDEO TO RELEASE NEWLY RESTORED VERSION OF PAUL LENI'S CLASSIC HORROR FILM ‘THE MAN WHO LAUGHS’ By special arrangement with Universal Pictures, Kino on Video is proud to release for the first time on VHS and DVD Paul Leni's (WAXWORKS) exquisite adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. Starring Conrad Veidt, famous for playing the sleepwalker/assassin in the expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Mary Philbin (The Phanton of the Opera), THE MAN WHO LAUGHS tells the story of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), a tortured man with a permanent smile carved on his face-Batman creator Bob Kane has cited Leni's film as an inspiration for his classic villain The Joker. THE MAN WHO LAUGHS will be available on VHS and in a special edition DVD; both prebook on September 2nd, 2003, with a SRP of $29.95 on DVD and $24.95 on VHS. This title streets on Sept. 30th, 2003. Set in 17th century England, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS begins when King James II orders that his political enemy, Lord Clancharlie, be put to death. Left in the hands of a "comprachico" -a term created by Victor Hugo to name men involved in the traffic of children who are purposively disfigured and sold as freak attractions- Lord Clancharlie's son lives a marginal existence and is eventually abandoned in the outskirts of Poland by comprachicos on the move. Adopted by a travelling showman, the deformed youngster grows up to be a famous clown named Gwynplaine, or "the man who laughs." He travels from village fair to village fair, bringing with him a blind woman he once saved from death-Dea, played by Mary Philbin. Eventually falling in love, Gwynplaine and Dea are forced to confront the King's evil jester who is determined to destroy them after he intercepts a letter which reveals Gwynplaine's noble background. This first-ever home video edition of THE MAN WHO LAUGHS was mastered from a newly restored print, which was made possible by an unprecedented collaboration of the Cineteca Del Comune di Bologna, Cinematheque Francaise and Fondazione Cineteca Italiana di Milano. This newly restored print was struck from two first generation nitrate prints located in London and Milan; the intertitles found in the English version were used as a model for the new print, while the Italian print was used to guide the reconstruction of the sections missing from the English print. The original orchestral soundtrack presented with the first release of the film was also re-recorded and used on this DVD and VHS edition of THE MAN WHO LAUGHS-music was provided by Universal Pictures. THE MAN WHO LAUGHS Special Edition DVD comes with an original 20-minute documentary on the making of the film, rare footage of Conrad Veidt at home with his family and fellow European emigrés Greta Garbo, Emil Jannings, and Camilla Horn, an excerpt of the Italian release version, with unique hand-painted title cards, a booklet essay by John Soister, author of CONRAD VEIDT ON SCREEN and many other previously unavailable features. SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD): ·An original 20-minute documentary on the making of the film. ·Rare footage of Conrad Veidt at home with his family, as well as fellow European emigrés Greta Garbo, Emil Jannings, and Camilla Horn. ·Extensive gallery of rare photographs and art. ·Booklet essay by John Soister, author of CONRAD VEIDT ON SCREEN. ·Excerpt of the Italian release version, with unique hand-painted title cards. ·Excerpt from Victor Hugo's original novel. U.S. 1928 B&W -- 110 Min. 1.33:1 Carl Laemmle presents A Universal Super-Jewel Production Directed by Paul Leni Screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander. From the novel by Victor Hugo Photographed by Gilbert Warrenton. Makeup Effects: Jack P. Pierce With Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Cesare Gravina” The extras seem pretty decent but the main thing is that I can finally watch (and own) this classic film, which I’ve been reading about since childhood, and in a restored print to boot! To whet your appetite even further, by following the link below you can watch a couple of intriguing snippets from the film itself: http://www.kino.com/quicktime/man_who_laughs.html All I can say is September 30 can’t come soon enough for me!