Official press release from Fox, I c&p-ed this from nitrateville:
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASES THE INFLUENTIAL WORK OFTWO CINEMA LEGENDS
MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FOX
The Iconic Careers of Directors F.W. Murnau And Frank Borzage At Fox Studios Are Captured In A 12 Film DVD Collection, Brilliantly Restored And Remastered With An All New In-Depth Documentary, Two Exclusive Coffee Table Books Focusing on Their Creative Legacy and Murnau’s Lost Film 4 Devils
Arriving December 9, 2008 With 12 New-To-DVD Releases
“In the late 20s, the most exciting experiments were taking place at the Fox studios.”Martin Scorsese – A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
CENTURY CITY, Calif. – At the very first Academy Awards® in May, 1929, two directors cemented their place in cinematic history as F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise took home the prize for Unique and Artistic Picture and Frank Borzage garnered Best Director for 7th Heaven. At the time, both men were under contract with William Fox, owner of Fox Film Corporation, who had invested heavily on making sure that movie directors were the stars of his films, gambling that audiences would gravitate to strong stories told by brilliant filmmakers. These awards validated Fox’s vision for movies as an art form and these two director’s craft.
Now, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a collection saluting F. W. Murnau and Frank Borzage whose daring camera movements and visually extravagant styles were integral in the development of modern movies and the studio that allowed them to flourish with MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FOX, available December 9, 2008. Celebrating their collected works, their influence on director’s to follow and their collaborations with William Fox in the late 1920s and early 1930s, MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FOX features 12 films from the Hollywood legends including newly remastered versions of Murnau’s Sunrise and Borzage’s 7th Heaven, as well as an all-new feature length documentary from filmmaker John Cork looking at William Fox’s patronage and Murnau and Borzage’s effect on the film industry. Additionally, the set features two exclusive hard-cover books showcasing rare, unpublished photos from the careers of both filmmakers, one of which focuses solely on Murnau’s 4 Devils, the lost film considered by those that saw it to be the greatest movie ever made, pushing the boundaries of what Hollywood movies were at the time.
While his career was cut short due to a fatal auto accident in 1931 at the age of 42, the impact of F.W. Murnau on the film community can still be felt to this day. Heralded by his contemporaries such as John Ford, Allan Dwan, William Wellman, Howard Hawks and Raoul Walsh during his time at the studio, William Fox brought the expressionist director from Germany to Hollywood after he saw his 1924 film The Last Laugh. This premiere collection includes two surviving works that Murnau made with Fox from 1927-1930 including the beautifully filmed, three-time Oscar® winner Sunrise (1927) starring Janet Gaynor and George O’Brien and the country set, marital crisis City Girl (1930). Murnau’s lost, and perhaps most famous work 4 Devils (1928) is also paid tribute with a featurette and all-new book focused on the film as well as a look at the screenplay and more. Also included is the rarely seen European silent alternate version of Sunrise, restored by the Nardoni Filmovy Archiv.
Frank Borzage’s career at Fox lasted only seven years, but it would be the silent films he helmed at the studio that would come to define his career as he won the first Best Director Oscar® for 7th Heaven and again in 1931 for Bad Girl. Ten of Borzage’s surviving films are featured in the collection including the melodramatic love story 7th Heaven (1927), another triple-Oscar® winner at the inaugural ceremony also starring Janet Gaynor. Borzage would go on to collaborate with Gaynor two more times at Fox; as a spirited young woman who joins a traveling carnival in Street Angel (1928) and as a young farm girl who falls in love with a soldier during World War I in Lucky Star (1929). Other featured Borzage works include Lazybones (1925), They Had To See Paris (1929), two versions of Song O’ My Heart (1930), Liliom (1930), Bad Girl (1931), After Tomorrow (1932), Young America (1932) and a reconstruction of the lost film The River (1929).
Lastly, Murnau, Borzage & Fox (2008) is a feature length documentary by filmmaker John Cork examining the early history of Fox films and studio head William Fox and his patronage of German expressionist F.W. Murnau. In turn, Murnau’s cinematic styles would influence Fox’s stable of directors including Frank Borzage, John Ford and Raoul Walsh.
A rich collection of true historical significance, MURNAU, BORZAGE & FOX will be available for a suggested retail price of $239.98 U.S. / $269.98 Canada. Prebook is October 29.
Murnau, Borzage And Fox DVD Collection Special Features & Disc Specifics
Lazybones (1925) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Newly created score composed by Tim Curran§ Still gallery
Street Angel (1928) – Frank Borzage· Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)· Still gallery
7th Heaven (1927) – Frank Borzage· Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)· Commentary by film historians Robert Birchard and Anthony Slide· Still gallery· The River reconstruction featurette· The River Still gallery
Sunrise (1927) – F.W. Murnau· Movietone version of feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)· European silent version of feature film (1.33:1 aspect ratio)· Original Movietone score· Olympia Chamber Orchestra score composed and conducted by Timothy Brock· Commentary by ASC Cinematographer John Bailey· Outtakes with commentary by John Bailey· Outtakes with text cards· Original scenario by Carl Meyer with annotations by F. W. Murnau· Theatrical trailer· Still gallery· Sunrise screenplay· Restoration notes
Lucky Star (1929) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Newly created score composed and conducted by Christopher Caliendo§ Still gallery
The Had To See Paris (1929) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Still gallery
City Girl (1930) – F.W. Murnau§ Feature film (1.19:1 aspect ratio)§ Newly created score composed and conducted by Christopher Caliendo§ Still gallery§ Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film – a film by Janet Bergstrom§ 4 Devils screenplay§ 4 Devils treatment§ 4 Devils Still gallery
Liliom (1930) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Still gallery
After Tomorrow (1932) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.33:1 aspect ratio)§ Still gallery
Young America (1932) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.33:1 aspect ratio)§ Still gallery
Song O’ My Heart (1930) – Frank Borzage§ Full sound version of film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Music and Effects version of film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)§ Still gallery
Bad Girl (1931) – Frank Borzage§ Feature film (1.20:1 aspect ratio)Murnau, Borzage And Fox (2008)§ Feature length documentary (1.66:1 aspect ratio)
Lazybones (1925) – Frank BorzageSteve Tuttle (Charles Jones), the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he discovers that he loves the grown-up girl.
Street Angel (1928) – Frank BorzageFirst-ever ACADEMY AWARD-Winning actress Janet Gaynor plays Angela, in “a simple, but pathetically beautiful love tale” (Film Daily) that unfolds in the picturesque landscape of Naples, Italy.
7th Heaven (1927) – Frank BorzageFrank Borzage’s inspiring romantic tale of love and courage is a true cinematic masterpiece. Starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Winner of three Academy Awards®, including Best Director.
Sunrise (1927) – F.W. MurnauIn this fable-morality silent film masterpiece (which is subtitled “A Song of Two Humans”), an evil temptress (Margaret Livingston) bewitches a farmer (George O'Brien) and convinces him to murder his neglected wife (Janet Gaynor). After he comes to his senses - before he is about to kill his wife - the married couple renew their love in the city.
Lucky Star (1929) – Frank BorzageMary (Janet Gaynor), a poor farm girl, meets Tim (Charles Farrell) just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin (Guinn Williams), Tim’s former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary.
They Had To See Paris (1929) – Frank BorzageOklahoma mechanic Pike Peters finds himself part owner of an oil field. His wife Idy, hitherto content, decides the family must go to Paris to get culture and meet the right kind of people. Pike and his grown son and daughter soon have flirtatious French admirers; Idy rents a chateau from an impoverished aristocrat while Pike responds to each new development with homespun wit. In the inevitable clash, will pretentiousness and sophistication or common sense triumph?
City Girl (1930) – F.W. MurnauLem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem’s mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money. The reapers arrive and quickly make things even more complicated by making their move on Kate. Lem misunderstands the situation and believes Kate is actually interested. In despair Kate leaves the farm and Lem goes looking for her.
Liliom (1930) – Frank BorzageThis gorgeously mounted story — later remade as the musical Carousel — follows Liliom, a poor, but cocky man who turns to thieving to support his new family. But when a holdup turns disastrous and Liliom loses his life, he is allowed to return to Earth years later in an attempt to set things right.
After Tomorrow (1932) – Frank BorzageNo matter how responsible they are, a young couple’s pending marriage plans are destroyed by their self-serving families.
Young America (1932) – Frank BorzageAlready in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty’s grandmother. The druggist’s wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears them arguing over him, Arthur runs away. When he returns Mr. Doray is being robbed by bandits at the drugstore.
Song O’ My Heart (1930) – Frank Borzage(Full sound version, and music and effects version) In this “flawlessly” (The New York Times) recorded feature loosely based on his own life, “John McCormack’s famous tenor voice is reproduced so naturally and so pleasingly” (Film Daily).
Bad Girl (1931) – Frank BorzageIn this Winner of two OSCARS® (Best Director for Borzage and Best Writing/Adaptation) — a touching drama set during the depression — a poor young couple must marry when she becomes pregnant.
Murnau, Borzage And FoxStreet Date: December 9, 2008Pre-Book Date: November 12, 2008Price: $239.98 U.S. / $269.98 CanadaCatalog Number: 2256220Closed Captioned: Yes
― Mildred Dixon (Pashmina), Friday, 12 September 2008 11:54 (ten years ago) link
Amazon have it on pre-order for ~167 dollars
This is some pretty thrilling shit, no? Even one year ago, who would have expected such a thing to exist. Out of all of these films, I have seen "Sunrise" and "Seventh Heaven" only.
― Mildred Dixon (Pashmina), Friday, 12 September 2008 11:56 (ten years ago) link
had no idea Borzage (just before Lang) did a Liliom.
― Dr Morbius, Friday, 12 September 2008 13:50 (ten years ago) link
i will never own this, but it does look pretty great. i also know nothing about 4 devils, and expect it'll only be heartbreaking frustrating to investigate into.
― schlump, Friday, 12 September 2008 14:01 (ten years ago) link
The "4 Devils" documentary is on the existing edition of "Sunrise", I couldn't actually watch it all the way through, it was too sad. Heartbreakingly frustrating indeed.
I'm curious about the alternative European cut of "Sunrise". I had no idea this existed. I fear it's going to be no more DVDs for me till december to raise the cash for this, but I think it'll be worth it. I'm actually really impressed w/Fox for putting this out, they could have just put out the 2 Murnaus, and 7th Heaven/Street Angel/Lucky Star and people would likeley have been amazed that such a thing even existed.
― Mildred Dixon (Pashmina), Friday, 12 September 2008 15:34 (ten years ago) link
― plastic fork (Pashmina), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 13:21 (ten years ago) link
eh, it's linked off the bottom of this article:
I don't understand why they're linking the directors together. Why not release a Borzage box and a separate Murnau collection? (I know the real reason: Murnau is a more well-known name than Borzage, but released less on Fox. Also, it's another attempt at making Sunrise expensive/rare.)
― abanana, Saturday, 20 September 2008 02:38 (ten years ago) link
fox had some success with the mega-Ford box set, so they are trying to do something even bigger for the film geek crew.
i saw Bad Girl a few years ago, it's just ok but admittedly the print I saw was shit so maybe they had a better source for the trsnsfer.
― the bridge to erewhon (velko), Saturday, 20 September 2008 03:24 (ten years ago) link
Street Angel is really good. Reminds me of La Strada. Wonder if Fellini & Masina ever saw it.
― C. Grisso/McCain, Monday, 22 September 2008 22:06 (ten years ago) link
This probably ain't the place to post it, but according to DVD Beaver, Kino's dropping some D.W. Griffith in November
Abraham Lincoln/The Struggle Way Down East Sally Of The Sawdust The Avenging Conscience
― C. Grisso/McCain, Monday, 22 September 2008 22:18 (ten years ago) link
The documentary is first-rate: intelligent and not too hagiographic.
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 11 December 2008 00:23 (ten years ago) link
Soto (or anyone who has this already) - Did you buy yours at a brick and mortar or via Amazon or...?
― Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 19:19 (ten years ago) link
Netflix! But you can send me a used copy.
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:11 (ten years ago) link
I want it at a brick and mortar at Amazon's price NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
― Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 19 December 2008 03:11 (ten years ago) link
(screaming like a little kid; throwing temper tantrum; banging fists on floor) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE25647859iufidh y357ty#$%^&*(#$%^&*$%^&*OPERT
― Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 19 December 2008 03:12 (ten years ago) link
Guess what I just got with xmas money.....
― Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 21:02 (ten years ago) link
― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 22:23 (ten years ago) link
― Pashmina, Thursday, 29 January 2009 19:17 (ten years ago) link
just saw a Borzage @Republic film on TCM, Moonrise; what an odd, fevered little picture.
― Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 February 2010 05:43 (nine years ago) link
oh, I see it's one of Kevin's 20 favorite '40s films. The opening and the Ferris wheel are somethin'.
― Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 February 2010 05:47 (nine years ago) link
beautiful film, kinda stops making sense towards the end? (it's been a while)the lead actress is so gorgeous
― velko, Thursday, 4 February 2010 05:48 (nine years ago) link
yeah, it tries to have as upbeat an ending as possible for a mad killer. kind of astonishing for the period, really.
― Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 February 2010 12:11 (nine years ago) link
Bad Girl goes by in a breeze
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 November 2010 09:05 (eight years ago) link
Strange Cargo tonight.
― My mom is all about capital gains tax butthurtedness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:43 (eight years ago) link
i saw FB's Liliom yesterday, which gets awfully talky and "Mr Jordany" when HB Warner shows up in the afterlife, but has some marvelously abstract sets and a great streetscum part for Lee Tracy. (also maybe Rose Hobart's best role til she was recut by Joseph Cornell)
The climactic moral gets to "he hit me (and it felt like a kiss)" 30 years before Goffin-King.
― the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 June 2015 15:08 (four years ago) link
UCLA Borzage retro:
― skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 July 2015 05:29 (four years ago) link
saw a Borzage Universal film Little Man, What Now? (title of novel/film later pinched by Morrissey), a 1934 marital romance of poor folk in Weimar Germany. Goddamn, Margaret Sullavan was great in everyuthing, huh?
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 May 2016 15:11 (three years ago) link
As far as I know.
― Hang On To Your Evol (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 May 2016 15:12 (three years ago) link
sexiest voice in the history of film.
― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 May 2016 15:13 (three years ago) link
also the lead actor in LMWN, Douglass Montgomery, is sorta pretty and awkward, but given that his character is rather "emo" it works well.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 May 2016 15:16 (three years ago) link
Man's Castle sure is somethin'.
― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:23 (two years ago) link
― The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:26 (two years ago) link
solid print on YouTube btw, and most Borzage too -- even Three Comrades, which I used to own on VHS.
― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 18:07 (two years ago) link
Working my way through the Murnau, Borzage and Fox set. (Daedalus Books has it for $50.) A verrry bad idea, given my current emotional fragility and longing.
― Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:59 (one year ago) link
out on CC
― the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:02 (one year ago) link