Yeah, I watched this today too. It looks like the same transfer I recorded off of TCM, some years ago. A solid movie.The Story of Dr. Wassell (TCM) 1944. De Mille's contribution to the war effort and, as such, an atypical product. No sex, no religion. Some muted battle scenes were thrown in, but this is mostly the story of a doctor who makes a heroic stab at saving his wounded men from being captured by the Japanese invading forces in Java. The Dutch come out as important allies. It's slow moving and earnest, but it does have many good actors. The print shown is not restored but has good color. I hadn't seen this rare De Mille since '71-'72.
I saw this at MoMA in the '70s and was sufficiently impressed by it to want to buy it soon so I can watch it again. Universal spent a lot of money in its production way back when and it shows.20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1916)
Originally Released: December 24, 1916
Runtime: 1h 45m
HD Blu-ray taken from new 4K restoration
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This is not only the first silent movie I have ever watched but the only silent movie I have purchased so far. It is by far the oldest movie that is currently in my library.
Going into my absolute first viewing of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea I was not sure what I was getting and how good it would look. Even factoring in that this title is almost 104 years old I was very surprised in the effort put into this film. The story itself is done well and still comes across well considering there is no spoken lines and basically music for background. It buy no means competes with what was even done in the 70's - 80's and beyond but for 1916 it is very impressive. And given the age of the print and what generation down the chain the latest restoration was done it is amazing we have what we have. There are many scenes that look good and there are some scenes underwater that are on the bad side. I am not sure you will find a better transfer/presentation of this movie anywhere given that this is a newer 4K restoration. This must have been ground breaking film making when it came out and I am sure pushed the limits of what was possible back in 1916.
I found the store to be well done from start to finish which comes through despite no spoken words. Sets and wardrobe where surprisingly well done and more detail than I though there would be for a film this old. I hope that many here who enjoy the art of film making and movies from all eras will give this title a spin. Would love to hear from you if you get this title and tell us what you thought about it. Sometime today I will be watching the Criterion release of War Of The Worlds on blu-ray.