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  • Actors: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Writers: Elinor Glyn, Jack Cunningham
  • Producers: Jesse L. Lasky
  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Restored, Silent, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories/Milestone Films
  • Release Date: July 11 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000FSME5Q
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The rediscovery and restoration of any film long believed lost is good news. Beyond the Rocks inspired still more excitement at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival because it was the only movie ever to costar two of the silent era's highest-wattage luminaries: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino.

Cultural cliché holds that Swanson's acting was as garish as her makeup, and the legend of Valentino is awash in camp. Yet in this picture--however preposterously plotted by Elinor (It) Glyn--both deliver very natural performances of behavioral subtlety and discretion. Swanson, as the loving daughter of a retired officer (Alec B. Francis), is willing to do anything to ensure that Papa's twilight years be comfortable. That includes marrying a much older, vulgar businessman (Robert Bolder) as wealthy as he is unappealing. It's inconvenient that she's just fallen for a dashing nobleman (Valentino) who's saved her from (1) drowning and (2) falling off an Alp. Both these beautiful people struggle to behave honorably, right up through a final reel in which the unsympathetic husband takes them--and the audience--by surprise.

Now, we mustn't make overmuch of a good thing: Beyond the Rocks, ably but unexcitingly directed by Sam Wood, isn't a lost Murnau or the uncut Greed. But it's a very respectable movie, free of the excesses (except Swanson's increasingly florid costumes!) carelessly attributed to silent films in general; and as a long-delayed footnote to two legendary careers, its historical importance is considerable. The Nederlands Filmmuseum restoration is gloriously sharp (apart from a few spasms of almost impenetrable nitrate deterioration), and the new score by Henny Vrienten sounds more like Mark Isham than the organ-and-calliope accompaniment too many silents have suffered from. --Richard T. Jameson

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If I were just rating this on the strengths of Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, five stars would not be enough. Both are gorgeous and enormously wonderful to watch! What took the ultimate pleasure away for me was the sepia tinting (why do they have to do that?) and the horrible musical score. Also, the movie was also not quite as complete as I believed it to be. Bits and pieces were damaged and some sequences jumped ahead as if something was missing. But I am still enormously grateful for all those involved in bringing it back to the public to enjoy. Maybe one day somebody will tackle the score again and remove that awful tinting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars watch out for the racial stereotyping July 11 2016
By Cynthia - Published on
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This contains an additional movie (1919 Delicious Little Devil) plus many special features. It's a great deal. It's also an interesting window into the past. Gloria Swanson has a realistic figure, not a skeletal one. However, if you are Black, Irish, or Arab, you will find these two movies racially offensive. The quality is about what you'd expect from movies this old, but parts of Beyond the Rocks are in extremely poor condition and this makes it frustrating to watch. The acting is pretty good and fairly natural; some movies from this time period are annoyingly melodramatic.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Silent Film Starring Film Legends Swanson and Valentino Returns From The Dead Jan. 2 2007
By Simon Davis - Published on
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Considering the huge percentage of silent films that are lost forever due to neglect and decomposition in the years since sound revolutionised movie making practices it is a miracle when some long lost and long coveted title from the silent era is discovered seemingly rising like a pheonix from the ashes in near pristine condition. Paramount's 1924 melodrama "Beyond the Rocks", has always been a much sought after film title and was believed to be long lost except for one surviving fragment of film a few minutes long. Despite having been officially "lost", for almost 80 years "Beyond the Rocks", has always stirred the imagination of silent film enthusiasts not so much for its dramatic qualities but because of its historic only teaming on screen of film legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. When this film was rediscovered by accident in Holland a few years back there was universal celebrations throughout the film world due to the films miraculous survival after all these years. Thanks to a very careful restoration process it is now a total joy and priviledge to be able to enjoy this memorable film on DVD which until recently would have been thought of as an impossible dream. The discovery of "Beyond the Rocks", is of course also significant for film buffs in that it literally brings back to life another part of the extraordinary body of work of screen legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino and allows audiences for the first time in nearly 80 years to witness their legendary talents together for the only time on screen.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait! July 24 2006
By Barbara Underwood - Published on
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There has been a lot of excitement and anticipation about the release of this 1922 silent film which was believed lost, and Milestone has done a marvellous job of meeting our high expectations by presenting a second film and various fascinating bonus features on this DVD. "Beyond the Rocks" not only features the only pairing of two legendary silent screen stars, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, but the story itself was written by another big name of the 1920s, namely Elinor Glyn, who also wrote the story for "It" - another famous silent film starring Clara Bow. Putting all these big names and talents together, it's no surprise that "Beyond the Rocks" was a much sought-after silent film for decades, hence the fuss over its unexpected discovery in the Netherlands in 2003. As one might expect from an Elinor Glyn story and the established screen roles of Valentino and Swanson, "Beyond the Rocks" is a nice, old-fashioned love story with style and sophistication. Swanson and Valentino play the lovers, but she is married to an older, wealthy man chosen by her family and she feels a duty to honour this `bargain'. Although the end may be predictable, the steps leading to it are not so clear, and there are a few little twists as the film reaches its climax, making it a good and entertaining story even apart from the star appeal of Valentino and Swanson. Needless to say, both exude their usual on-screen charms and sweep the audience away on their romantic adventure; starting from a quaint English village, to the Alps, Versailles and finally the Sahara Desert. There are only two segments lasting a few seconds where the film has irreparable damage; otherwise the picture quality is beautiful, and watching some of the bonus features which document the discovery and restoration work of this film, we can be thankful that it has come to us in this near-perfect condition.

I was also very pleased with the second film on this DVD, namely "The Delicious Little Devil" from 1919 in which Valentino stars opposite Mae Murray; another popular star of the silent era. While Valentino plays the usual appealing role of the lover, it is Mae Murray, in my opinion, who steals the show in this surprisingly entertaining film with her vibrant, energetic and expressive manner. The musical accompaniment chosen for each film is of a very high standard, and among the special bonus features, perhaps the most fascinating is an extensive recording of Gloria Swanson talking about her life; it plays instead of music to "Beyond the Rocks". All these things together make this Milestone release well worth the long wait for both silent film enthusiasts and anyone just curious to see these two screen legends together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 3 2016
By Henry P. Sasser Jr. - Published on
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Rare lost classic glad to add to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swanson and Valentino - silent cinema magic Sept. 27 2009
By Mr. James D. Davidson - Published on
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In her autobiography* Gloria Swanson asked : "Does anybody know of a print anywhere of Beyond the Rocks, the film Rudy Valentino made with me in 1921?" Lost for decades, this wonderful example of the art of popular silent film culture was discovered in the collection of an eccentric movie-buff in Holland after his death. Beautifully restored by the Nederlands Filmmuseum, apart from some brief scenes where the print was too deteriorated to salvage, the film is a joy from beginning to end. The performances of the two stars and the supporting players are outstanding, Elinor Glyn's racy (for the era) storyline is hugely entertaining and the extras on the DvD are truly remarkable. I watched this movie twice in the first week it arrived. Unreservedly recommended.

*Swanson on Swanson, Copyright 1980 by Gloria's Way Inc.