The focus of this collection are the four early Rudolph Valentino features, three of them incomplete, A Society Sensation (1918), Stolen Moments (1920), The Young Rajah (1922), and Moran of the Lady Letty (1922), with a delicious lacing of supplemental Valentino material, including three silent-era films, A Trip to Paramountown (1922), an episode of Screen Snapshots (1921) and the readily-accessible Character Studies (1923), and two sound films, the Cinecolor travelogue Round About Hollywood (1931) and the retrospective tribute Rudolph Valentino (1941), plus film clips of Valentino including a few seconds of color-toned 35mm footage from Stolen Moments, documentary material on Valentino and the Lady in Black legacy, still photograph and promotional materials galleries, audio segments, including contemporary recordings of three songs about Valentino’s passing (including one composed by Valentino’s first wife, actress Jean Acker), a guided Valentino tour through Hollywood, and far more.
The title of this two-disc sets the tone for this insightful and meticulously-assembled retrospective of Valentino’s early films, some nearly lost forever, his star power and the legacy of the cult of Valentino. — Carl Bennett
2007 DVD edition
Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film (1918-1922), color and black & white, 226 minutes total, not rated,
including A Society Sensation (1918), black & white, 24 minutes, not rated, Stolen Moments (1920), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 35 minutes, not rated, The Young Rajah (1922), black & white, 54 minutes, not rated, and Moran of the Lady Letty (1922), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0004, ISBN 1-893967-32-8, UPC 6-17311-67329-0.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $39.98.
Release date: 11 September 2007.
Country of origin: USA
The release of this two-disc collection of Rudolph Valentino material is both a happy and sad occasion. Sad, for the unhappy survival condition and incomplete state of surviving prints of these films; happy, for the opportunity to view them in any state whatsoever.
The DVD’s high video bit rate ensures that, despite how rough the source prints are, the disc will render the best-possible image, even on high-definition television monitors. Incomplete prints of films are rarely available on home video, so the occasion of the release of this DVD set is cause for celebration of the opportunity to view what is, at least, cohesive representations of these films that have been hard to locate or thought lost forever. We highly recommend this disc set.
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