Our preserved films from the vaults are making their way to your living room, as several titles have been released this year on Blu-ray and DVD. While it’s exciting to know there are 30,000 motion pictures safely housed here at Eastman House, it’s also exciting when they are shared with the world.
The latest home-video release is Lonesome, the 1928 buried treasure from Hollywood’s Golden Age, set in Coney Island over the Fourth of July weekend.
Lonesome is on the big screen tonight at the Andy Warhol Museum and our film preservation officer, Anthony L’Abbate, is in Pittsburgh to introduce the film, a pioneer in early color and talking sequences, made by little-known but audacious filmmaker Paul Fejos. The screening is part of the Warhol museum’s “Unseen Treasures from the George Eastman House” annual series.
In the spring, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other national publications were buzzing about the release of the David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray and DVD. The set features high-definition digital transfers from the Selznick estate/personal collection preserved in the vaults at Eastman House. The titles are Farewell to Arms (1932), Bird of Paradise (1932), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), Nothing Sacred (1937), A Star Is Born (1937), and Made for Each Other (1939).
This fall, the Eastman House collection further adds to your entertainment releasing The Wedding of Palo (1934) and The Penalty (1920), a horror film starring Lon Chaney.