A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.
New Kino version infinitely superior to previous DVDs
There are very few silent films that I enjoy as much as a modern film. In fact, the only silent film that I would rate as a 10 is Buster Keaton's The General. But Douglas Fairbanks is certainly worth watching, if you have any real interest in film. He has so much charm, and moves so fluidly, that he captivates even when the special effects are, well, very 1920s. Fairbanks does not so much act as he dances the role. The costumes and sets, by William Cameron Menzies, are also spectacular. I have watched this movie in the earlier DVD version, and frankly it put me to sleep. First, a great deal of it was missing, and so the story was choppy and hard to follow. Second, the print quality was poor. But the new Kino Fairbanks collection is a miracle of film restoration. There is one section on this DVD that is poor quality, compared to the others. But since this is a section that I have never seen before, to see it at all is wonderful.
- Apr 24, 2004
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