Garv’s Pick of the Week: Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (Kino Lorber)

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Happy Black Friday (and Thanksgiving) week, fellow film fanatics.  Here are a few notable titles that are hitting stores on Tuesday — just in time for the stampedes.

For the release week of November 21st:

Garv’s Pick of the Week: Fritz Lang: The Silent Films [Blu-ray / Kino Lorber]: Kino has collected all of Fritz Lang’s silent work in one humongous, twelve-disc Blu-ray box set.  This treasure-trove of cinematic masterworks includes Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen (1924), Spies (1928), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Destiny (1921), The Spiders (1919), Woman in the Moon (1929), Four Around the Woman (1921), Harakiri (1919), The Wandering Shadow (1920), and The Plague of Florence (1919).  Some, but not all, of these titles have been released individually.  If you don’t have the earlier releases, this is the fastest and most economical way to add these titles to your collection.

Additional Titles of Interest —

Gilbert [Blu-ray / Gravitas Ventures]: Apparently, one of my most anticipated theatrical releases of the fall is already available on Blu-ray.  Director Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) captures the man behind the irritating voice and politically incorrect comedy in Gilbert (2017), a documentary about the always hilarious Gilbert Gottfried.

Hangover Square [Blu-ray / Kino Lorber]: Laird Cregar stars in this gaslight-lit Victorian serial killer noir.  Cregar was one of the most talented character actors in motion picture history, so this title is well worth seeking out.  Unfortunately, the great actor died just prior to this film’s release, at the tragically young age of 28, due to excessive dieting.

Housebound [Blu-ray /Xlrator]: This 2014 horror comedy from New Zealand received Peter Jackson’s seal of approval, which is good enough for me.

Jabberwocky [Blu-ray / Criterion]: Terry Gilliam’s first film as a solo director (after sharing directorial credit with Terry Jones on Monty Python and the Holy Grail) gets the Criterion treatment just in time for the Barnes and Noble 50% off sale.

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