Beware of Pirates! How to Avoid Bootleg Blu-rays and DVDs

Overview, the Public Domain and Spotting Fakes Avast, me hearties! There be pirates and bootleggers on the horizon Robbing honest traders for years but it’s time to make them walk


A Tribute to Uggie (2002–2015), Four-Legged Star of The Artist (2011)

An appreciation of the life of Hollywood’s biggest little star, who melted hearts everywhere and proved you don’t need words to speak volumes Uggie, one of the finest actors in


Multiple-Language Version Film Collectors’ Guide, Part 2

1931–1932 Films Get your teeth into multiple-language version films on Blu-ray and DVD! Feast your eyes on this rundown of the best MLVs of the early sound era Continuing this series


Multiple-Language Version Film Collectors’ Guide

1930 Films Q: What do the following have in common? Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Dracula and Fritz Lang. A: They all


The Multiple-Language Version Film: A Curious Moment in Cinema History

A short-lived product of the transition from silents to talkies It led to a host of cinematic conundrums and consequences Some films were completed in up to a dozen different versions


Major Exhibition Casts New Light on the Lumières

2015 is the 120th anniversary of the Cinématographe – the beginning of the cinema as we know it To mark the occasion, a new Paris exhibition celebrates its inventors, the


Brent on Brenton Film: Nottingham Confidential Interview

Here’s a new interview for Nottingham Confidential in which I discuss silent film in general and my plans for this site: Brenton Film: The Big Noise in Silent Film! Photo: Kelly Daniels


New Eisenstein Biopic: Greenaway Goes Loco in Guanajuato

Peter Greenaway has directed a new biopic, Eisenstein in Guanajuato It’s far from faithful, playing fast, loose and salaciously with the facts Film historian and critic David Robinson saw its


Charting Charlie Chaplin on Criterion Blu-ray and DVD

Tracking the US Criterion Collection’s periodic release of Chaplin’s 1918–1957 output on disc Trickling out each one over a period of several years, they’re taking their time and doing it


New UK Charlie Chaplin Discs from Artificial Eye

Charlie Chaplin Competition: Win Artificial Eye Blu-rays and DVDs! It must be that time of year already: ol’ Charlie’s 1918–1957 films are being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD yet again But there’s