Here it is: Fox Home Video’s follow-up to last year’s stunning “Ford at Fox” collection is perhaps even more impressive, offering major upgrades of such classics as “Sunrise” and “Seventh Heaven” while getting a number of titles back into circulation that haven’t been visible in years, if at all: “They Had to See Paris,” “Song ‘o My Heart,” “Liliom,” “After Tomorrow,” “Young America,” “Bad Girl.” Particularly striking is what seems to be a first generation print of Murnau’s “City Girl,” which restores remarkable photographic qualities to this often overlooked title and will, one hopes, aid in its re-evaluation. That Terence Malick quotes extensively from “Sunrise” in “Days of Heaven” is well known, but “City Girl” seems even closer to the roots of Malick’s inspiration.
The set, which I review here, carries a whopping list price of $239.98, but is being widely discounted.
Of course, cinephile greed knows no bounds, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Fox box. Raoul Walsh? Allan Dwan? Harry Lachman? The possibilities are endless . . .