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Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, ‘Nosferatu’ star in Blu-ray and DVD releases

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Stocking stuffers for the vintage movie buff on your gift list? Glad you asked. You did, didn’t you? Thought so. For openers, how about “Souls for Sale” (1923), available on DVD from Warner Archive. Chances are you’ve never heard of this delightful drama about a young lady who wants to make it big in Hollywood but hey, it’s on Roger Ebert’s list of all-time great movies. It stars Eleanor Boardman, has a cameo by Chaplin and features the ever-popular Mae Busch.

A pair of celebrated titles from the golden era of German cinema, remastered from archival 35mm film, are new to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Classics. F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” (1922) may be an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” but it’s potent nonetheless. It comes with the original score, English and German intertitles and a making-of doc. Josef von Sternberg’s “The Blue Angel” (1930) which made a supernova of Marlene Dietrich, comes with her screen test, both German and English versions and trailers.

And speaking of silent films about vampires, a brand new one arrived on DVD in my mailbox the other day. Naoki Yoshimoto’s “Sanguivorous” (from Tidepoint Pictures/MVD Visual) has to be seen to be believed. It’s accompanied by a making-of doc.
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For all you Bette Davis fans out there, one of her best early performances resurfaces in Kino’s Blu-ray version of “Of Human Bondage.” Leslie Howard co-stars in this drama adapted from the W. Somerset Maugham novel; Max Steiner did the score. Bonus: a feature-length doc on Maugham’s life and career.

Long before Raymond Burr stepped into the shoes of “Perry Mason” in front of TV audiences, Warner Bros. made a series of six 1930s films based on the Erle Stanley Gardner novels. Warren William, the Pre-Code king with the pencil-thin moustache, is radically different from Burr in the role (for the first four films), and a thorough pleasure to watch; Errol Flynn makes his U.S. screen debut in one of them. Warner Archive has issued them in a 3-DVD set.

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