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The Man You Loved
to Hate

(1979)

 

This documentary, written by historian Richard Koszarski and directed by Patrick Montgomery, on the then often-maligned, now immensely respected film director and actor Erich von Stroheim covers his entire career.

The documentary includes exerpts from many of Stroheim early film appearances as an actor and also his films as director. The documentary includes audio interviews with Erich von Stroheim and cinematographer Hal Mohr, and filmed interviews with film critic Thomas Quinn Curtiss, actor Marcel Dalio, actress Valerie Germonprez (Mrs. Valerie von Stroheim), location scout Harold Henderson, cinematographer Paul Ivano, producer/agent Paul Kohner, attorney I.B. Kornblum, writer Samuel Marx, writer Leonard Spigelgass, actress Denise Vernac, and editor Grant Whytock. — Carl Bennett

Kino Classics
2013 Blu-ray Disc edition

Foolish Wives (1922), black & white, 143 minutes, not rated,
with The Man You Loved to Hate (1979), color, color-toned black & white, and black & white, 90 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K1166, UPC 7-38329-11662-0.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, LPCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, $34.95.
Release date: 30 July 2013.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.

The Killiam Shows print of this documentary (which appears to be 16mm) is very-good, but it is flecked with dust and speckling, and is slightly scratched and sports a very small number of splices. The presentation benefits greatly from this new high-definition video transfer, which puts the DVD edition noted below to shame. We may be wrong but it appears that fresh scans of some footage and stills have been inserted to replace those reproduced in the original print. The historical footage is comprised of 35mm and 16mm reduction prints of motion pictures sequences, and is supported by production stills and portraits. The footage of contemporary interviews (from the 1960s and 1970s) was exclusively shot on 16mm stock.

Overall, other documentaries look better, but we suspect that this one was produced for release in 16mm prints and probably looks as good here as it ever will. We enthusiastically recommend this edition of this portrait of cinema’s most-maligned filmmakers.

 
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2003 DVD edition

Foolish Wives (1922), black & white, 143 minutes, not rated,
with The Man You Loved to Hate (1979), color and color-toned black & white, 78 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K247, UPC 7-38329-02472-7.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio imagein full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 3.5 Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 10 June 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 5 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

The Killiam Shows print of this documentary (which appears to be 16mm) is very-good, but it is flecked with dust and speckling, and is slightly scratched and sports a very small number of splices. The analog video transfer (which appears to be decades old) has many of the characteristics of analog, with horizontal smears across white highlights and video noise in the flat middle greytones. The historical footage is comprised of 35mm and 16mm reduction prints of motion pictures sequences, and is supported by production stills and portraits.

Overall, other documentaries look better, but we suspect that this one was produced for release in 16mm prints. Despite our previous guess that this documentary looks as good here as it ever would, the Kino Blu-ray Disc edition noted above is a vast improvement over this presentation.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from KINO LORBER.
Other silent era ERICH VON STROHEIM films available on home video.

Other silent era-related DOCUMENTARIES available on home video.

Erich von Stroheim filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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