Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
Release date moves to 11/2
Please let us know which dvd, blue-rays, laser discs have this man’s noise and whining scores on them.The Sheik is certainly not great art, but it's iconic as can be. I imagine that if you were to ask "the man on the street" to name a couple silents, (A) most wouldn't be able to do so and (B) the few that could would likely cite this Valentino film because of how it is even a century later still part of pop culture. I also imagine that this is one of those "prestige" releases not necessarily designed to make money. From what I have heard, Paramount took a bath on the 1980s VHS silents line, and a few years back they were disappointed with the returns on their magnificent Wings blu-ray. Unless they're either delusional or ignorant, they have to know what the sales potential of this release is. That said, I passed on Kino's blu (which I think was Paramount-licensed) because I was satisfied with the David Shepard DVD. Since I'm sort of intrigued, I'll pick up this release. That makes me number five, doesn't it?
I agree that The Wedding March is the better film, and if Criterion has the license, I wish they would get on the ball with it. While I would definitely prefer for the second part to survive, I have to admit that the ending on the 1928 release version is about as perfect as you can get if you know your world history - bittersweet, poignant, ironic, and a little dash of dark humor.
Strong disagree from me as well. That Gaylord Carter "noise" is excellent and supports the film very well. I cherish all of my DVDs and blu-rays that feature that man's "noise."