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American Silent Horror Collection

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4 Horror gems from the silient era plus an original documentary. This includes an all new restoration of The Cat and the Canary and for the first time on DVD, Bret Wood's Kingdom of Shadows.

Please note, Kingdom of Shadows is only available as part of this box set.

This 5 disc collection includes the films The Man Who Laughs, The Penalty, The Cat and the Canary, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kingdom of Shadows.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 205502749
UPC 738329057220
UPC 14 00738329057220
Format DVD
Release Date 10/9/2007
Name Steiger,Rod
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Cast & Crew
Brandon Hurst - [Man] Actor
Bret Wood - [Kingdom] Director
Cecil Clovelly - [Jekyll] Actor
Charles Clary - [Penalty] Actor
Charles Lane - [Jekyll] Actor
Conrad Veidt - [Man] Actor
Creighton Hale - [Cat] Actor
Doris Pawn - [Penalty] Actor
Forrest Stanley - [Cat] Actor
Jim Mason - [Penalty] Actor
John Barrymore - [Jekyll] Actor
John S. Robertson - [Jekyll] Director
Laura La Plante - [Cat] Actor
Lon Chaney - [Penalty] Actor
Mary Philbin - [Man] Actor
Nita Naldi - [Jekyll] Actor
Olga Baclanova - [Man] Actor
Paul Leni - [Man, Cat] Director
Rod Steiger - [Kingdom] Narrated By
Tully Marshall - [Cat] Actor
Wallace Worsley - [Penalty] Director
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review [Penalty] ...a loony 1920 melodrama starring Lon Chaney and stylishly directed by Wallace Worsley. Worsley would later team with Chaney on The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and as challenging as the makeup for that film must have been, what Chaney does here is truly astounding. Using God knows what kind of harness, he plays a legless archvillain, angry at the world and determined to exact revenge upon the surgeon whose unnecessary operation resulted in his condition. This revenge takes a number of forms, including forcing beautiful women to manufacture hats, posing as Satan for a pretty sculptress who happens to be his enemy's daughter, and conspiring with the Red Menace to overrun San Francisco with unhappy foreign laborers. A frightening, amusing, and consistently entertaining film, The Penalty is a real achievement for Chaney, due both to the tortuous lengths he clearly went to achieve the effect of leglessness and the menace he brings to the role. It's a beautifully ridiculous, operatic movie that also serves as a fine example of silent American horror film.
Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Man] Movie villains smile so compulsively because it creates a creepy disconnect between their mouth and their eyes. Imagine, however, a good man, condemned to smile widely for an entire lifetime. Such a creature would be bullied as a child and shunned as an adult. "The Man Who Laughs" (1928), one of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism, is about such a man. His name is Gwynplaine. His father was a nobleman. Orphaned as a child, he is captured by outlaws who use a knife to carve his face into a hideous grin. Disfigured, alone, he rescues a baby girl, and together they are raised by a fatherly vaudeville producer. As adults, they star in the producer's sideshow and fall in love. Because she is blind, she does not know about his grin...Remarkable, how a film like "The Man Who Laughs" refuses to declare its intentions, but freely moves from pathos to pity, from melodrama to true excitement, from cheerful horror elements to the dark stirrings of Josiana's desire, from easy laughter when the wolf-dog saves the day to -- well, to something very moving when the blind girl realizes the nature of her lover's secret.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Steiger,Rod
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Emily Blunt, Blunt Review [Penalty] far one of the greatest unsung achievements of uber-legend Lon Chaney.
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice [Man] ...fabulous sets and lighting epitomize the lush mise-en-scene of the late silent era.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club [Kingdom] ...turgid narration of a comically intense Rod Steiger...[a] fantastic collection of clips...
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress [Jekyll] ...Barrymore's performance makes it essential.
Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly [Cat] of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre.

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