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Overview

This tribute to one of the most versatile character stars of the silent era gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. The Lon Chaney Collection features an hour-long documentary on Chaney's career, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (narrated by Kenneth Branagh), a photographic reconstruction of London After Midnight, Chaney's fabled "lost" thriller, and three rare Chaney vehicles, The Ace of Hearts, Laugh, Clown, Laugh, and The Unknown. The material has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of...
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Overview

This tribute to one of the most versatile character stars of the silent era gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. The Lon Chaney Collection features an hour-long documentary on Chaney's career, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (narrated by Kenneth Branagh), a photographic reconstruction of London After Midnight, Chaney's fabled "lost" thriller, and three rare Chaney vehicles, The Ace of Hearts, Laugh, Clown, Laugh, and The Unknown. The material has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The narration for the documentary and the intertitles for the silent features are presented in English; the disc includes optional subtitles in French and Spanish, as well as closed captioning in English. As a bonus, the disc also includes a gallery of rare stills and alternate audio commentary tracks.
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Special Features

Disc 1: Introduction by Robert Osbourne; The Ace of Hearts and Laugh, Clown, Laugh with audio commentaries by Chaney biographer Michael F. Blake; image gallery; profiles of Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition winners, Bibed Maddala (The Ace of Hearts) and Scott Salinas (Laugh, Clown, Laugh).
Disc 2: The Unknown with audio commentary by Michael F. Blake and a new score by the Alloy Orchestra; American Masters: Lon Chaney -- A Thousand Faces, 2000 documentary by Kevin Brownlow, narrated by Kenneth Brannagh; photo reconstruction of lost 1927 film London After Midnight (description below); still gallery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 012569579125
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: silent
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,134

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon Chaney Primary Artist
Joan Crawford
Leatrice Joy
John Bowers
Loretta Young
Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director
Wallace Worsley Sr. Director, Director
Herbert Brenon Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Credits. [1:05]
2. A Certain Brotherhood. [7:00]
3. Preparation. [6:08]
4. Ace of Hearts. [11:44]
5. The Other Man's Felicity. [7:17]
6. The Awakening. [12:08]
7. The Bargain. [9:26]
8. The Man Who Had Lived Too Long. [3:30]
9. Extra! Extra! [6:38]
10. The Men Who Had Lived Too Long. [6:31]
11. The Ace Is Gone. [2:57]
1. Credits. [:48]
2. Ridi Pagliacci. [2:59]
3. Simonetta. [4:53]
4. Rose for Her Hair. [4:15]
5. Lucretia's Rival. [4:40]
6. A Woman. [2:35]
7. Two Afflictions. [5:32]
8. Good for Each Other. [5:21]
9. Luigi's Gift. [6:12]
10. Tito's Confession. [7:59]
11. Laugh, Clown, Laugh. [6:41]
12. Needed. [3:36]
13. Love Sworn. [8:02]
14. Let the Comedy Begin. [4:49]
15. The Comedy Is Ended. [5:09]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Credits and Foreword. [:59]
2. No One but Me. [6:18]
3. Alonzo's Secret. [6:42]
4. Grip of Death. [1:20]
5. Touchy Subjects. [6:37]
6. Telltale Thumbs. [5:57]
7. The Operation. [5:01]
8. Lash of a Whip. [9:23]
9. The New Act. [4:20]
10. Death and Love. [2:47]
1. Foreword and Credits. [1:50]
2. Balfour's Death. [3:41]
3. Vampires! [5:33]
4. Dead Man's Signature. [2:53]
5. Missing Body. [3:35]
6. Night Visitors. [3:35]
7. Daytime Visitors. [3:10]
8. Not Suicide. [2:20]
9. Look Me in the Eye. [4:46]
10. Veiled Intruder. [2:25]
11. Where We Want Them. [3:21]
12. Reenacting the Crime. [6:15]
13. True Identities. [1:42]
14. End Credits. [1:28]
1. Frightening Genius. [6:27]
2. A Deaf Face. [3:04]
3. Taking to the Stage. [4:22]
4. Early Screen Roles. [3:57]
5. First Fame (The Miracle Man). [5:09]
6. The Penalty. [2:55]
7. Outside the Law, Shadows. [4:59]
8. Oliver Twist. [2:36]
9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. [6:10]
10. Self-Enclosed. [3:48]
11. He Who Gets Slapped. [3:16]
12. The Unholy Three (1925). [3:42]
13. The Phantom of the Opera. [3:42]
14. Small Leather Box. [3:12]
15. Tell It to the Marines. [2:20]
16. The Unknown. [3:56]
17. London After Midnight. [1:59]
18. Laugh, Clown, Laugh. [2:11]
19. West of Zanzibar. [3:13]
20. While the City Sleeps. [2:36]
21. Thunder. [2:30]
22. The Unholy Three (1930). [4:00]
23. Many Faces, No Name. [3:46]
24. End Credits. [1:09]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc One
   Introduction by Robert Osborne
   The Ace of Hearts
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      Scene Selections
      Special Features
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         Young Film Composers Competition: The Ace of Hearts
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   Laugh, Clown, Laugh
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
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         Young Film Composers Competition: Laugh, Clown, Laugh
      Subtitles
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Side #2 -- Disc Two
   The Unknown
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
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      Subtitles
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   Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Man of A Thousand Faces Offers 3 of his Best

    Lon Chaney was perhaps the greatest cinematic contortionist in the history of cinema. His gimmick was to use make-up as camouflage, thereby appearing in each film with a completely different and unique look; most of them hideous. In ¿The Lon Chaney Collection¿ we get three of his classic chameleons in ¿The Ace of Hearts¿, ¿Laugh, Clown, Laugh¿ and ¿The Unknown¿ - where Chaney convincingly plays an armless knife throwing circus performer opposite a very, very young Joan Crawford. Each film is presented in its most complete surviving version. The B&W and tinted color elements are remarkably pristine, considering the vintage. Though age related artifacts are present throughout they do not distract and quite often vanish into the backdrop of each engrossing story. Shadow and contrast levels are perfectly balanced. Image flickering and film grain are kept at their minimal levels, but with film elements that are nearly 80 years old, they are par for the course. As these are 'silent' movies we get a newly remastered 5.1 scoring that is amply presented. Extras include the wonderfully comprehensive documentary on Chaney's life, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, as presented on Turner Classic Movies; a reconstruction of 'London After Midnight' a film that no longer exists in any form other than still photographs; an audio commentary track for each of the feature films in this box set. This is an incredibly well done tribute to the silent cinema's haunted man of immeasurable mysteries and one that is well worth your time and your money.

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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