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Undesirable [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 19 2016
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1d08cc0) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d12a50) out of 5 stars Early film from a major director of the Hollywood studio system Jan. 22 2016
By The Movie Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
“The Undesirable” is a 1914 silent film by director Michael Curtiz. Betty (Lili Berky), a young woman living in the country, is told by her dying father that he is really her uncle and raised her as his own after her mother was sent to prison for killing her husband. Alone and not knowing her mother’s fate, Betty travels to the city in search of work. There she finds employment as a maid in the home of a wealthy couple and their handsome son, Nick (Victor Marconi). Betty falls in love with Nick and is fired after being unjustly accused of theft. The drama escalates with the sudden appearance of Betty’s mother Sarah (Mari Jaszai), presumed dead but recently released from prison, on a quest of her own to find her daughter.

Thought to be lost forever, a print of “The Undesirable” was recently discovered in the basement of the Hungarian House cultural center in New York and returned to Hungary for restoration. The eight-month restoration and digitalization process was accomplished by the Hungarian Filmlab, with support from the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute and the Hungarian National Film Fund and funding from the Hungarian National Film Foundation.

The film is of particular interest because Curtiz went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading directors, responsible for “Casablanca,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” Captain Blood,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “The Sea Hawk,” “Mildred Pierce, “White Christmas” and many others. He cast Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Doris Day, Cary Grant, John Garfield, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, William Powell, Irene Dunne and James Cagney, among others.

The restored version, not rated, features a newly commissioned score by Attila Pacsay performed by the Pannonia Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Peter Illenyi. The Blu-ray release is in black and white in the 1:33 aspect ratio. There are no bonus extras.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d12f00) out of 5 stars A great film and an outstanding restoration Feb. 2 2016
By Will L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I was skeptical when I bought this. But this restoration is outstanding. The accompaniment is appropriate and well done. The storyline is really very good and quite enjoyable. There were a couple of mis-spellings on the title cards, but I can forgive that.

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