Flicker Alley’s THE LAST WARNING Blu-ray Review

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Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon’s 1922 Broadway play of the same name, The Last Warning is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centers on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim’s body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theater is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new “producer” arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew.

THE LAST WARNING is directed by Paul Leni and this is his final film in his career from 1917-1928. The camera work was ahead of its time with the new techniques that are employed in the film. This was one of the last silent films that Universal would release before talkies really took off. It was re-released as a “part-talkie” later on.

This is another 4k restoration that Flicker Alley and Universal Studios worked on together. This is a part of their new ongoing silent restoration initiative.

The restoration was comprised of elements from the Cinémathèque française and also the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The NBCUniversal StudioPost team was able to repair the film from the scratches, dirt, and warping but also stabilize as well as deflicker.

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that, as I mentioned, has been authored from a 4k remaster. There are some lines on the film that is more noticeable when the film is in motion. There are plenty of clarity and details are able to be seen in each frame. There Is a beautiful grain here that can be seen on the outlines of the people.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix that is new for the release by Arthur Borrow. It has excellent sound clarity and clean notes. It isn’t overbearing at all but makes great use of sound along with the video.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

-Paul Leni and THE LAST WARNING: This is a visual essay by John Soister; author and film historian.

-“Of Gods and Monsters”: This is an excerpt by historian John Soister from the book in the title.

-“Notes On the New Score”: This essay is about is by Arthur Barrow, who composed the score for the movie.

-Rare Image Gallery

Disc Details
2-Disc Set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD (1 BD-25, 1 DVD)

Running Time
78 mins

Edition Ratings
Not Rated

Region Coding
Region Free

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio Mixes
THe Score: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English

THE BOTTOM LINE:

THE LAST WARNING has a compelling story and feels different from some of the other films of the era. The restoration and new score work for this film. In comparison to THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, the video isn’t as cleaned up but it definitely has a great picture. The new score feels thought out to not feel super dated. The extras are great and the time that Flicker Alley puts into the included booklets is always a highlight of the releases. This is a welcome addition to any collector of classic cinema and a growing Flicker Alley section.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...