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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1926), Part 2

Restorations and home video releases A Story of the Home Video Fog: for every quality release, many awful ones lurk to catch the unwary The Lodger languished in multitudes of

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Raymond Rohauer: King of the Film Freebooters by William K. Everson

Infamous nitrate era film collector and one of its most contentious figures He lied, stole and bullied his way into ownership of a vast archive of rarities Retained an army of

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Miscellaneous Releases

Numerous unusual worldwide releases don’t fit neatly into any standard Hitch videographies But many are essential collector’s items; some of the most significant ones are highlighted here Bootlegs of his

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Beware of Pirates! How to Avoid Bootleg Blu-rays and DVDs, Part 4

Parodies and Bootlegging News It’s not all grim: the world of piracy and bootlegging provides much fodder for comedy Amazon and eBay are thieves’ global storefronts, but things are slowly

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Beware of Pirates! How to Avoid Bootleg Blu-rays and DVDs, Part 3

Pirates and Their Victims Speak Behind the vast statistics of stolen films, real peoples’ livelihoods are being ruined Ultimately supporters of piracy pay twice for the price of condoning theft

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Beware of Pirates! How to Avoid Bootleg Blu-rays and DVDs, Part 2

Pirate Companies and Distribution There are seemingly endless numbers of pirate labels, all hiding in plain sight Pointing the finger at those hardest to spot: those based in the Western

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Nosferatu: History and Home Video Guide, Part 5

David Shepard and Eureka Versions After years of cult popularity, Nosferatu finally made its quality home video début Its source was the same print that spawned the so-called “public domain

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Nosferatu: History and Home Video Guide, Part 3

Surviving Prints and “Public Domain Version” Casting light on the shadows of Nosferatu’s greatest myth: that only one print survived There are lots of archived extant early copies but they’re all

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Charlie Chaplin Collectors’ Guide, Part 5

Essanay and Mutual 1980s–2000s Restorations For many years the Little Tramp’s mid-1910s films were inaccessible and languished in poor condition In the 1980s, film preservationist David Shepard fully restored them

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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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