Murnau, Borzage and Fox


Published on 9 December is the latest in the lavish boxed sets of silents which are raising the bar for DVD releases in our field. 20th Century Fox Home Video is releasing (in the USA) a 12-disc set of films directed by F.W. Murnau and Frank Borzage for the Fox Film Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s, Murnau, Borzage and Fox (1925-1932). The collection comprises:

Murnau silents:

Sunrise (1927) (Movietone score version and European silent version)
The City Girl (1930)

Borzage silents:

Lazybones (1925)
Seventh Heaven (1928)
Street Angel (1928)
Lucky Star (1929)

Borzage talkies:

They Had to see Paris (1929)
Liliom (1930)
Song O’ My Heart (1930) (full sound version and music/effects version)
Bad Girl (1931)
After Tomorrow (1932)
Young America (1932)

You also get a new documentary on Murnau and Borzage by John Cork, and two books of photographs on the films. What’s missing is Borrzage’s recently rediscovered (though incomplete) The River (1929), which is instead released on DVD by Edition Filmmuseum. There is, however a The River reconstruction featurette and stills gallery. For Murnau’s lost film, The 4 Devils, there is Janet Bergstrom’s film Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film, plus screenplay, treatment and stills gallery.

More information from the Fox Studio Classics site.

4 responses

  1. I’ve not got my hands on the set yet, so thanks for the correction. But is the reconstruction featurette the ‘complete’ film (i.e. minus its missing reels) or a summary version?

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