Today I saw probably the most stunningly crystal clear silent film footage I’ve ever seen.

During a special presentation at Cinecon, some representatives from Warner Bros. showed some clips of restorations they’re working on, including the oldest restored film in their possession, The Wall Between. This is a picture made in 1916 and the footage they screened was from the original camera negative. Okay. That’s 100 year old film—wow! And the most amazing thing was that this footage, literally, looked better than almost any silent film print I have ever seen. It looked better than current HD digital projection. It was flawless. It felt like you were there—like no time had passed since it had been shot—stunning. 

They also showed two clips from Garbo pictures which were newly restored from their original camera negatives, a few minutes each from Flesh and the Devil and The Temptress

The footage from Flesh and the Devil almost moved me to tears, it was so beautiful. I can’t even really describe how perfectly clear it looked, but I can only imagine that this is what they meant by “silver screen.” The film shimmered; it was gorgeous. 

So, Garbo fans, watch out because Warners is restoring those two films (and a third) so there will probably be some very, very gorgeous Blu-Rays coming up on the market in the next couple years. 

  1. mizenscen said: :_D
  2. mizoguchi said: OHOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAOOHH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD omgggggggggggg blu-ray garbo oomggjgkggjggg
  3. swedishsphinx said: Thank you so much for this. I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE Garbo fan!! Garbo in Blu Ray/Hi Def sounds fantastic :D
  4. coldasaslab said: I used to not think that Blu Ray was worth it, but it will totally be worth the cost to get Metropolis and Flesh and the Devil.
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