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Freaks / The Unknown / The Mystic: Tod Browning's

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Label: CRITERION COLLECTION
Rel. Date: 10/17/2023
UPC: 715515287913

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The world is a carnival of criminality, corruption, and psychosexual strangeness in the twisted pre-Code shockers of Tod Browning. Early Hollywood's edgiest auteur, Browning drew on his experiences as a circus performer to create subversive pulp entertainments set amid the world of traveling sideshows, which, with their air of the exotic and the disreputable, provided a pungent backdrop for his sordid tales of outcasts, cons, villains, and vagabonds. Bringing together two of his defining works (The Unknown and Freaks) and a long-unavailable rarity (The Mystic), this cabinet of pre-Code curiosities reveals a master of the morbid whose ability to unsettle is matched only by his daring compassion for society's most downtrodden.The world is a carnival of criminality, corruption, and psychosexual strangeness in the twisted pre-Code shockers of Tod Browning. Early Hollywood's edgiest auteur, Browning drew on his experiences as a circus performer to create subversive pulp entertainments set amid the world of traveling sideshows, which, with their air of the exotic and the disreputable, provided a pungent backdrop for his sordid tales of outcasts, cons, villains, and vagabonds. Bringing together two of his defining works (The Unknown and Freaks) and a long-unavailable rarity (The Mystic), this cabinet of pre-Code curiosities reveals a master of the morbid whose ability to unsettle is matched only by his daring compassion for society's most downtrodden.

TWO-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New 2K digital restoration of Freaks
  • New 2K digital reconstruction and restoration of The Unknown by the George Eastman Museum, with a new score by composer Philip Carli
  • New 2K digital restoration of The Mystic, with a new score by composer Dean Hurley
  • Audio commentaries on Freaks and The Unknown and an introduction to The Mystic by film scholar David J. Skal
  • New interview with author Megan Abbott about director Tod Browning and pre-Code horror
  • Archival documentary on Freaks
  • Episode from 2019 of critic Kristen Lopez's podcast Ticklish Business about disability representation in Freaks
  • Reading by Skal of "Spurs," the short story by Tod Robbins on which Freaks is based
  • Prologue to Freaks, which was added to the film in 1947
  • Program on the alternate endings to Freaks
  • Video gallery of portraits from Freaks
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme"
  • YEAR: 1925-1932
  • RATING: NR
  • B&W

RUN TIME: 204 MINUTES

Freaks / The Unknown / The Mystic: Tod Browning's Sideshow Shockers