siegfried -> RE: Couple Of Westerns & A Historical Terror (16/12/2009 9:42:19 PM)
ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf
Harold Lloyd Definitive Collection (9 discs)
The Early Hitchcock Collection (Blackmail, Champagne, Murder!, The Ring, The Farmer's Wife, Rich and Strange, The Skin Game, The Manxman & Number Seventeen)
The Pajama Game
Glad to see you took my advice and got the Harold Lloyd Collection. I hope it gives you as many hours of sheer pleasure as it's given me. Way past time that he received the recognition he deserves as one of the greatest of the silent comedians.
As far as the Hitchcocks are concerned, snap. I bought The Ring and The Manxman in a two disc set a couple of days ago.
Just received from America -
Mr Moto Collection - Vol. 1
- Think Fast Mr Moto
- Thank You, Mr Moto
- Mr Moto's Gamble
- Mr Moto Takes A Chance
Mr Moto Collection - Vol 2
- Mysterious Mr Moto
- Mr Moto's Last Warning
- Mr Moto In Danger Island
- Mr Moto Takes A Vacation
I remember seeing a few of them a long time ago and thinking they were on a par with the Charlie Chan films. Peter Lorre, who's long been a favourite of mine, was perfectly cast as Mr Moto. (A Hungarian playing a Japanese detective!)
Also - Drums Of Fu Manchu - the complete 1940 Republic serial. Can't wait to get into that.
Those Moto sets are great. [:)] So are the Chans, if you're yet to indulge in those. I picked up that Lloyd set when it came out on Region 1 - I think it's missing his first sound feature, but it does have 3D glasses with which to view his pioneering photos (not the nude ones). There's still a heap of movies on there I haven't seen, but I'm slowly getting through them. My mistake is that I usually just end up watching The Kid Brother, rather than trying a new film. [:D]
I've got the first two volumes of the Charlie Chan Collection - the Warner Oland ones. To me he was the definitive Charlie Chan. After he died and Sidney Toler took over the role, I don't think the rest of the series quite measured up. My favourite at this stage is Charlie Chan At The Opera. Marvellously menacing performance from the great Karloff.
Very impressed with the picture and sound quality of both those and the Mr Moto films. They've done a very good restoration job. The extras in both collections are great also.
As for the Harold Lloyd Collection, I hope you've got around to watching The Freshman and Safety Last. They're my two personal favourites. Once again, the extras are fascinating and give a great insight into the life and work of the man.
I've also started watching Drums Of Fu Manchu. It's the complete 1940 serial on two discs, restored to pristine condition. So far I've viewed the first three episodes. Great stuff.