Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Behind the Door (1919) Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway

It’s been a little over a month since we’ve handed out some excellent swag here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear…so I thought I’d rectify the “fabulous prizes” drought by announcing a swell opportunity for members of the TDOY faithful to win a copy of Behind the Door (1919)—an upcoming release (due out April 4) from the hardest-working folks in the classic film heritage business: Flicker Alley.

If you make regular visits to this humble scrap of the blogosphere, you know that Flicker Alley is responsible for more than a few of the movies I’ve reviewed here in TDOY’s silent film showcase on Thursdays; past feature films written up on the blog include Victory (1919)/The Wicked Darling (1919), Tol’able David (1921), and Isn’t Life Wonderful (1924).  In addition, I’ve given titles like Children of Divorce (1927), The House of Mystery (1921), and Too Late for Tears (1949) the “Where’s That Been?” treatment at ClassicFlix, and the dusty TDOY DVD shelves are adorned with past bodacious Flicker Alley releases like Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies and The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. 1.  From Cinerama to Curtis Harrington, Flicker Alley is dedicating to presenting the finest silent, classic, and eclectic film collections so near and dear to all of us.

This is why I am so pleased and honored to participate (along with so many other great silent and classic film sites) in Flicker Alley’s giveaway for the upcoming April 4 release of Behind the Door (1919) on Dual Format Edition Blu-ray/DVD.


Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this—“the most outspoken of all the vengeance films” according to film historian Kevin Brownlow—during the period of World War I inspired American patriotism.

Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U boat attack. Krug’s single minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film’s shocking and brutal climax.

This newly restored edition represents the most complete version of the film available since 1919, thanks to the collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Sourced from the only two known remaining prints and referencing a copy of Willat’s original continuity script, this edition recreates the original color tinting scheme and features a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne.  Flicker Alley is honored to present Behind the Door on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever.

Bonus Materials Include:

•            Original Russian version of Behind the Door: The re-edited and re-titled version of the film that was distributed in Russia, with musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.
•            Original Production Outtakes: Featuring music composed and performed by Stephen Horne.
•            Restoring Irvin Willat’s Behind the Door: An inside look at the restoration process with the restoration team.
•            Kevin Brownlow, Remembering Irvin Willat: Directed by Patrick Stanbury, an in-depth interview with renowned historian and honorary Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow on the career of director Irvin Willat.
•            Slideshow Gallery: Original lobby cards, production stills, and promotional material.
•            12-page Booklet: Featuring rare photographs and essays by film historian Jay Weissburg, film restorer Robert Byrne, and composer Stephen Horne.


Official Release Date: April 4, 2017



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One lucky winner will receive a copy of Behind the Door (1919) on Dual‑Format Edition Blu‑ray/DVD from Flicker Alley! Giveaway is open to residents of U.S./Canada and ends on April 12, 2017.


Leave a comment on this post after watching the trailer, and let me know what you think!

21 comments:

Andrew Leal said...

I can see why it did well in Russia. It's already tinted red.

Seriously, you had me at Wallace Beery. I've often thought that he was actually allowed more range in silents simply because his voice didn't type him.

rudyfan1926 said...

I am looking forward to seeing this again! It's fabulous!

Cullen Gallagher said...

Never seen this before but it sound great. Thanks for the link!

David H. said...

I have never actually seen this before. It's time for me to embrace silent films, because they are of acquired taste, but they came before talkies, so they are very important to film history.

Agnes said...

I am so looking forward to seeing a film with Jane Novak ( Harold Lloyd's first leading lady). The trailer draws the viewer in so .....I am looking forward to this one.

Scott said...

So that's what Hobart Bosworth looks like. I walk over his star on Hollywood Boulevard all the time, and assumed he was some weedy, pince-nez-wearing, Snitz Edwards type, but no. Clearly a credible match for Wallace Beery.

I got excited for a moment and thought you were giving away Behind the Green Door which is also, basically, a silent film.

swac said...

Looking forward to another great Flicker Alley release, they haven't let me down yet!

Ana Roland said...

What a swell give-away. I have never seen Behind the Door (1919) but am interested in a film with Jane Novak as well. I love making these connections because I learn so much from everyone.

Agnes said...

I am a huge Harold Lloyd fan. I knew Jane Novak was his leading lady in "Just Nuts", but I have never seen it or anything else with Ms. Novak. It will be neat to finally see her

DavidAi said...

I am so excited to see this! Another amazing Flicker Alley release!

SILLA said...

Would love to see this!

SILLA said...

Would love to see this!!

Hugo Rios-Cordero said...

This seems like an amazing cinematic experience!

polly curtiss said...

Any movie release involving the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Flicker Alley you know will be great!

Scott Turner said...

With great ardour I await my chance to see "Behind the Door"!

thecatkeaton said...

This sounds like a fascinating bluray.

thecatkeaton said...

This sounds like a fascinating bluray. Another great Flick Alley release.

stella said...

Looks intense, I can't wait to see it!
It's always a treat when these old movies are restored to their former glory.

vwstieber said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! If I don't win, I'll likely by it by year's end...still catching up with a stack of other Flicker Aley releases :)

Joseph Labuda said...

Look great. Thomas H. Ince always produced film realistically. A great find and worth getting.

David S. Hooker said...

Great review! I've only heard stories and summarizes of this film and can't wait to actually see it!