Like another reviewer, I just saw the restored TCM version of 1924's "Beau Brummel" with its new score by a recent winner of the TCM Young Composer's competition. It certainly does this great silent justice in both the score and the video restoration. The particular DVD version for sale here is not restored - it appears to me to just be the VHS version transferred to DVD, and I wouldn't recommend it at all. The film itself is a great showcase for John Barrymore's talents. He gets to play the spurned romantic, the comic rogue who is always laughing at everyone else, the beaten man in decline still hanging on to his dignity, and finally an insane aged man completely unaware of reality.
Brummel starts out as a young man in love with Lady Margery (Mary Astor). The feeling is mutual, but Margery's mother is ambitious and insists that Margery marry the wealthy Lord Alvanley. She considers Brummel not good enough for her daughter. To soothe his grief, Brummel plunges down the path of a self-destructive and hedonistic lifestyle, indulging in the finest food, drink, clothing, and women, but nothing can kill the sting of his losing Lady Margery. Alec B. Francis, as Brummel's gentleman's gentleman Mortimer, actually has a role equal in importance to Mary Astor's role, and he shines in it. Early in the film Mortimer corrects a visitor when he refers to Brummel as his master. Instead, Brummel is his life. He stays with Brummel when he can no longer pay him, and even after he is wrongfully discharged and he returns to England, he continues to send money for Brummel's upkeep. This is a long film for a silent at over two hours in length, but it doesn't drag at all.
This year is Warner Bros. 85th anniversary. Let's hope this film was restored with an eye to putting an official version on DVD. You'd think that since this is one of the few early silent films still in existence that was made by Warner Bros. that is not a Rin-Tin-Tin film, that this would be the plan.