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20 July 2017

Kino Lorber raises the curtain on VARIETE (review)

E.A. Dupont's Expressionist classic VARIETE comes to Blu-ray in a new 2K restoration of the original lascivious German theatrical cut which was censored by roughly twenty minutes when released in America by Paramount.  THE BLUE ANGEL's Emil Jannings plays a trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a young dancing girl.  Reestablishing himself and the girl as a trapeze act, they catch the eye of a more popular artist who turns them into a famous trio and then a love triangle destined for a tragic ending.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

VARIETE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Score by Tiger Lilies in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • German Intertitles with Optional English subtitles
  • Visual Essay by Bret Wood
  • Making of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Score
  • Bonus film OTHELLO from 1922 with Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti

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