It seems like Eastman House has been working on their restoration of Paul Fejos’s magnificent “Lonesome” forever, but now the effort has paid off in a stunningly beautiful disc from the Criterion Collection. Based on a print from the Cinematheque Francaise, the new edition presents excellent grain and contrast (certainly in the Blu-ray version), much cleaner sound for the talking sequences, and a vivid rendition of the hand-colored Coney Island night scenes. The disc includes the best reconstruction of the blighted 1929 “Broadway” to date, marrying a complete English soundtrack to a Hungarian print of the silent version (complete with the last reel in two-strip Technicolor), as well as the relatively minor “The Last Peformance,” with Conrad Veidt as a standard-issue mad magician.
If you already know Fejos, this disc is a must-have. If you don’t, it’s even more so. A review here, in the New York Times.