6 items from 2010
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The Phantom of the Opera, 1925
Directed by Rupert Julian
After the success of their first foray into horror with 1923's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Universal Studios reteamed with star Lon Chaney to bring Gaston Leroux's classic novel The Phantom of the Opera to life for their follow-up release. Designing and applying his own make-up to spectacular effect, Chaney delivers an iconic performance as the Phantom, who falls for a young singer (Mary Philbin) and terrorises the Paris Opera House in an effort to make her a star.
The lavish production saw the construction of a scale replica of the Palais Garnier (a set which remains standing to this day on Stage 28 of the Universal lot, »
Creature performances have enthralled moviegoers since the silent film era. Lon Chaney and his son, Lon Chaney Jr., revolutionized the creature performance in films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and The Wolfman (1941), but who are the performers behind the make-up in today’s cinema? Warwick Davis who stars in the upcoming film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” and Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Carnies) are among these performers. Here’s our complete Top 7 Creature Performers list. 7. Camden Toy - Camden Toy is a versatile actor who was a creature mainstay on the hit Joss Whedon show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He played multiple creatures [...] »
- Brian Corder
Torontonians really have no reason to complain about the less then stellar line up Hollywood has been serving up at the multiplexes this summer, especially when their local film repertories have been offering a bevy of sumptuous retrospective alternatives. The Revue Cinema in particular will be celebrating the one year anniversary of their excellent Silent Sundays series this Father's Day (June 20th) at 4pm with the 1923 Universal Pictures adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So this weekend, sure... see Toy Story 3, but save your disfigured-protagonist fix for Lon Chaney Sr. in lieu of Josh Brolin.
Here's the official release, with further details about both the series and this Sunday's screening:
The Revue Cinema's celebrated Silent Sundays program returns on Sunday, June 20, at 4Pm, to screen The Hunchback of Notre Dame, (1923) which saw producer Carl Laemmle reproduce Paris and its fabled cathedral on the Universal backlot. Hunchbackblends the spectacle film with melodrama and horror. »
Coming hot off of the heels of Janus Films picking up the rights to the Charlie Chaplin catalog, it looks like Kino is set to bring to DVD and Blu-Ray one of Buster Keaton’s, Chaplin’s silent counterpart, most legendary films, Steamboat Bill, Jr. Several months back,
Kino International released a press release this weekend announcing that the film is set to come to DVD and Blu-Ray, with some really excellent special features. Included in the release will be three different musical backing tracks in the form of two scores (one organ and one piano) as well as a complete score by the Biograph Players, as well as a documentary on the making of the film, a stills gallery, a musical montage of stunts and pratfalls, and two recordings of the folk song, Steamboat Bill. »
- Joshua Brunsting
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Avatar This one doesn't hit store shelves until Thursday, April 22nd, and even though neither the DVD nor the Blu-ray comes with a single special feature, this still remains the release of the week.
This past weekend Avatar was still in 500 theaters so if you want to skip the home video version and wait for the assumed November release of the "ultimate edition" maybe you can head to the theater and catch it one last time before it's gone. Otherwise, this is your only option for the next seven months. I am expecting a review copy either in the next few days, and will post some thoughts on the video quality once I get it, but until then I can't add much more to the story other than to say I am excited to watch it again and curious to see it in 2D. »
- Brad Brevet
When, and in what dark place, was the horror film born? And why do we love being terrified? David Thomson explains how one Hollywood studio defined a genre
The studio system has gone, even if some of the old names remain in use. No one would dream of a sophisticated romance coming out of Paramount any more, or a musical from MGM. Yet one ghost lives. At Universal, there is still the memory that this is the studio that created Lon Chaney and the working models of Dracula and Frankenstein. Now the beast stirs again, with Universal reviving one of its original horror properties with The Wolfman.
It seems obvious now that one of the inherent functions or opportunities that always faced the movies was scaring the living daylights out of us. When the train came into the station in the Lumiere brothers' early film programme, some in the audience »
- David Thomson
6 items from 2010
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