Distributor Milestone Films will be releasing “Rags and Riches Mary Pickford Collection” to Blu-ray Disc on November 6th. The “deluxe” 3-disc set contains a total of four silent films, three feature-lengths and one short, all starring the legendary actress Mary Pickford. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned. It is known that in terms of video quality that two of these films (“Sparrows” & “The Hoodlum”) come from restored tinted 35MM film via the Library of Congress and the Academy Film Archive’s 35MM film restoration. The title is already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $35.96 price tag. However, if you’re a subscriber to the distributor’s newsletter or a customer you’ll have the chance to purchase this four months early for just $31.96. You’ll find a link to this over on their Facebook page. The films included in this set and the orchestral scores (with the exception of the short) are as follows:
- “The Poor Little Rich Girl”  – 75 mins. – Directed by Maurice Tourneur
- – Music composed and conducted by Philip Carli, performed by the Flower City Society Orchestra
- – Score by Bonnie Ruth Janofsky, performed by the Rouse Philharmonic, conducted by Hugh Munro Neely
- – Score by Jeffrey Silverman, performed by the Rouse Philharmonic, conducted by Hugh Munro Neely
The bonus materials set to be included are listed below.
” by film historian Scott Eyman
- Each film includes an optional short intro featuring a group of kids who discover a treasure trove of old films in an attic and learn a lot about film history in the process. Each silent feature also has an optional audio track with spoken intertitles and explanations to help them enjoy the experience even more!
- Audio commentary on “The Poor Little Rich Girl
A home movie from Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks’ legendary Hollywood home, Pickfair. An original 1926 trailer for “Sparrows“ The “Angel” outtakes A video interview with Mary Louise Miller’s daughter Louise Paziak Audio commentary on “Sparrows” by film historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta
Below after the break you’ll find the original trailer for the film “Sparrows” from 1926.