Sony Pictures Choice Collection Silent Films

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  1. JFFJ

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    Excuse me if this has been discussed elsewhere.

    Today, I re-visited Columbia's THE BELLE OF BROADWAY, a 1926 silent starring Betty Compson, an enjoyable dramedy with a very appropriate music score by Christopher Caliendo.

    Question: Have any additional Columbia silent films been given a MOD treatment?

    BTW: TCM's soundtrack composer contest for silent film scores revealed quite a number of gifted, young people with an affinity towards scoring silent films; Mr. Caliendo being one of them. Would be nice to see the distributors of restored silents begin to consider appropriating this wealth of talent for the soundtracks of their future releases.
     
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    "Belle of Broadway" (1926) is the only silent I know of to be released through the Sony archive series. I was hoping a few more would follow, as I always wanted a little better grasp on Columbia's generic 1920s-era product (and it was admittedly a B-grade studio back then). A big question, of course, is how many of those features even survive. Another Betty Compson item from Columbia that always sounded intriguing was "Court-Martial" (1928), in which she played the head of a group of Civil War guerilla fighters, pursued by Union officer Jack Holt. Plus, from that same year, I always had a hankering to see the comedy "Golf Widows" (1928), with Sally Rand, but I suspect both these films are long-gone.

    With the whole Sony archive line so moribund these days, however, such pipe-dreams are more depressingly moot than ever.
     
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    Bert, thanks for the response. I was never able to follow the release schedule of the Sony archive series, so I figured posting was my best option. And unfortunately, it appears that my first guess that BELLE OF BROADWAY was their only silent release was true.
     

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