Blu-ray, DVD Release: Intolerance

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $39.99, Blu-ray $49.98
Studio: Cohen Media


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D.W. Griffith's 1916 silent epic Intolerance

Just one year after the huge success of his Birth of a Nation, pioneering filmmaker D.W. Griffith was emboldened to prove his faith in the new medium of motion pictures with his historical silent epic Intolerance.

Four separate stories are interwoven: the fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots, and a contemporary (early 20th Century) drama — all crosscut and building with enormous energy to a thrilling chase and finale. Through the juxtaposition of these well-known sagas, Griffith joyously makes clear his markedly deterministic view of history, namely that the suffering of innocents makes possible the salvation of the current generation, symbolized by the boy in the modern love story.

Many of the leading stars of the silent screen appear in the classic movie, including Griffith regular Lillian Gish (Broken Blossoms), Mae Marsh, Elmo Lincoln, Robert Harron and Constance Talmadge.

Cohen Media’s release of a remastered version of Intolerance marks the first time Griffith’s film has been issued on DVD.

The film has been issued previously on DVD by Kino and is still currently available.

Blu-ray and DVD extras on Cohen’s edition of Intolerance include two full-length features drawn from the film: The Fall of Babylon and The Mother and the Law, both accompanied by new scores by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Additionally, the discs include a 2013 featurette with film history Kevin Brownlow, new essays by Cineaste magazine editor Richard Porton and history William M. Drew, and a theatrical re-release trailer.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.