THE VALENTINO COLLECTION
As one of the most iconic personalities of the silent film era, Rudolph Valentino achieved an unprecedented level of fame that was due in part to his exotic good looks and a magnetic personality, which leapt from the screen. His undeniable cultural resonance, coupled with his untimely death in August of 1926, has made him a recognizable and still-relevant figure throughout the world.
THE VALENTINO COLLECTION is the definitive Rudolph Valentino DVD compilation containing digital reconstructions and DVD premieres of four previously unavailable Rudolph Valentino films--the “lost” Valentino productions THE YOUNG RAJAH (1922) and STOLEN MOMENTS (1920), featuring new musical scores by Jon Mirsalis; A SOCIETY SENSATION (1918), featuring a score for the pipe organ composed and performed by Bob Mitchell; and MORAN OF THE LADY LETTY (1922), featuring a restoration of the film’s original intertitle text and tinting and a new score by Robert Israel.
Three of the four digital reconstructions found on Flicker Alley’s DVD release of THE VALENTINO COLLECTION were originally produced in partnership with Turner Classic Movies and The Library of Moving Images, and first broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in 2006. The DVD collection boasts an extensive selection of bonus features detailing several aspects of Valentino’s remarkable life and legacy.
THE VALENTINO COLLECTION DVD Features include:
- Five Vintage Bonus Films: Rare silent shorts featuring new music scores by Bob Mitchell performed on the pipe organ, including A TRIP TO PARAMOUNTOWN, SCREEN SNAPSHOTS, and CHARACTER STUDIES. In addition, two more sound films: ROUND ABOUT HOLLYWOOD, an early Cinecolor travelogue, and RUDOLPH VALENTINO, an early memorial tribute film.
- Additional Rare Footage: Unique Valentino (and Valentino-related) film clips, including a newly uncovered, original 35 mm tinted nitrate fragment from Stolen Moments (Courtesy of Dixie Canyon.)
- Valentino In Memoriam: An exceptional collection of rare images and vintage audio recordings, including an exclusive audio interview with the original “Lady in Black,” Ditra Flame.
- VALENTINO FOREVER: A new short film by author and historian Tracy Ryan Terhune documenting the Valentino memorial services and the history of the “Lady in Black”
- Valentino Landmarks: Explore significant locations of Valentino’s life in Hollywood, featuring an interactive video tour of his Falcon Lair estate, slide shows of his Whitley Heights residence and personal belongings, and historic descriptions of the Formosa Apartments and Lasky Studios.
- A Friend Remembered: A fascinating collection of over 75 captioned “behind the scenes” and candid images (many never-before-published) photographed by Valentino’s close friend, Paul Ivano (courtesy of Francis Lacassin.)
- Who’s Who In Hollywood: Over 80 pages of biographical information and unique photographs of the major performers and technicians involved with the four featured Valentino Collection films, as well as key persons in Valentino’s life.
- Virtual “Scrapbooks”: Over 175 historical documents from the four featured Valentino Collection films including lobby cards, poster art, advertisements, production stills, and other surviving promotional materials.
- Two Remarkable Slide Show Presentations: Valentino The Athlete and Valentino and His Beloved Pets feature two different sides of the Valentino persona.
- New Booklet Essay: DVD introduction by Emily W. Leider, author of Dark Lover - The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino.
Format: DVD-NTSC / Region 0
(No Regional Code)
THE YOUNG RAJAH
Director: Philip Rosen
Screenplay: June Mathis, from novel Amos Judd by John Ames Mitchell (New York, 1895) and play, Amos Judd. a Play in a Prologue and Four Acts (1919) by Alethea Luce
Cinematography: James C. Van Trees
Producer: Jessy L. Lasky & Famous Players-Lasky
Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Wanda Hawley, Pat Moore, Charles Ogle, Fanny Midgley, Robert Ober, Jack Giddings, Edward Jobson, Josef Swickard, Bertram Grassby, J. Farrell MacDonald, George Periolat, George Field, Maude Wayne, William Boyd, Joseph Harrington & Spottiswoode Aitken
Original length: 7795ft
• 52 minutes
Director: James Vincent.
Screenplay: Richard Hall. Story: H.Thompson Rich
Producer: American Cinema Corporation
Cast: Marguerite Namara, Rudolph Valentino, Albert L.Barrett, Henrietta Simpson, Arthur Earle, Walter Chapin, Aileen Pringle, Alex Shannon & Jean Gauthier De Drigny
• 35 minutes
• This version is the abbreviated 1922 re-issue by the Select Pictures Corporation.
A SOCIETY SENSATION
Director: Paul Powell
Screenplay: Paul Powell & Hope Loring, based on the story The Borrowed Duchess by Perley Poore Sheehan. Producer: Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Cast: Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Alfred Allen, Lydia Yeamans Titus, Fred Kelsey, Zasu Pitts & Harold Goodwin
• 24 minutes
• This version is the abbreviated 1924 re-issue by Universal Pictures Corporation.
MORAN OF THE LADY LETTY
Director: George Melford
Screenplay: Monte M. Katterjohn, from the novel by Frank Norris
Cinematography: Bert Glennon & William Marshall
Producer: Famous Players-Lasky
Cast: Dorothy Dalton, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Brinley, Walter Long, George Kuwa, Cecil Holland, Maude Wayne & Emil Jorgenson
• 68 minutes
• B&W, Tinted
Producer & writer: Tracy Ryan Terhune
• 7 minutes
• B&W, Color
ROUND ABOUT HOLLYWOOD
• 7 minutes
• Two-Color Cinecolor Travelogue.
• 10 minutes
• An Early Memorial Tribute.
A TRIP THROUGH PARAMOUNTTOWN
• 10 minutes
• 11 minutes
• 7 minutes
• 34 seconds
RUDY MEETS COWBOY STAR ROY STEWART
• 15 seconds
WHEN LOVE GROWS COLD - Trailer
• 4 minutes
Total Running Time: 03:56:00 (2 Discs)
Language: English intertitles
Musical Score: Robert Israel, Jon Mirsalis & Bob Mitchell
Booklet Text: Tony Maietta & Jeffrey Vance
Published By: Flicker Alley
Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)
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