Posts From Brent Reid

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Blu-ray and DVD Region Codes and Video Standards

Most DVDs and Blu-rays are region-locked and cannot be played in other countries That is, unless you’ve equipped yourself with multi-region audio/video equipment Region locking is often at the insistence

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Veteran at 21: Chatting With Actor and Silent Film Musician Seamas Carey

When is a piano not a piano? When it belongs to accomplished actor, musician and playwright, Seamas Carey! Taking it from the top: this multi-talented young man fills us in on

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Charlie Chaplin Collectors’ Guide, Part 3

Early Reissues As the Little Tramp’s popularity grew, so did the scale and complexity of his films They became longer and more sophisticated as he moved to bigger studios Each time Chaplin moved on,