Win A DVD Of “Behind The Door” (1919), The Most Disturbing Silent Film You’ve Never Seen!

UPDATE 4/12/17: The winner of the drawing is Kevin S., randomly selected by Flicker Alley from the many entries for this exciting DVD giveaway. Congrats, Kevin! 

We will (finally) return to the last few Méliès Month posts this Friday. I didn’t want you guys to miss out on a chance to own a free copy of this rare, and distinctly unsettling, early horror film! 

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Last October I reviewed one of the most disturbing silent films I’d ever beheld: Behind the Door (1919) starring Hobart Bosworth, a film that starts out like your standard 1910s drama and ends up like a murderer’s fever dream. It was a slightly awkward review to write since I knew it had never been put on DVD, was only playing at select film festivals, and that few people would ever get to see it.

That is…until now. The fabulous Flicker Alley, creator and distributor of top-quality silent film restorations, is releasing the first ever Blu-ray/DVD of Behind the Door on April 4, 2017! And you can sign up to win a copy right here on Silent-ology…details below!

(I’ve never done anything quite like this before–the closest would be the little drawings I hold for Buster blogathon participants. Silent-ology’s moving up! *wink*)

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Here’s a summary of the plot, from Flicker Alley’s page for Behind the Door (where you can also pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD if you like):

Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U-boat attack. Krug’s single-minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film’s shocking and brutal climax.

This newly restored edition represents the most complete version of the film available since 1919, thanks to the collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Sourced from the only two known remaining prints and referencing a copy of Willat’s original continuity script, this edition recreates the original color tinting scheme and features a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne. Flicker Alley is honored to present Behind the Door on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever.

So if sadistic German submarine commanders and shocking brutality weren’t enough for you, there’s also plenty of bonus materials, which include:

  • Russian version of Behind the Door: The re-edited and re-titled version of the film that was distributed in Russia, with musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
  • Outtakes from Behind the Door: Featuring music composed and performed by Stephen Horne
  • “Restoring Irvin Willat’s Behind the Door”: A behind-the-scenes look at the restoration
  • “Kevin Brownlow, Remembering Irvin Willat”: An in-depth interview with renowned historian and honorary Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow on the career of director Irvin Willat
  • Slideshow gallery of stills and promotional material from Behind the Door
  • Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs and essays by film historian Jay Weissburg, film restorer Robert Byrne, and composer Stephen Horne

Here is the tantalizing trailer:

This giveaway is hosted by Flicker Alley and is cohosted by me and several other classic film blogger friends and sites:

Silent Era
Toronto Film Society
Spellbound By Movies
A Classic Movie Blog
Once Upon a Screen
Ferdy on Films
Caren’s Classic Cinema
Second Sight Cinema
Sister Celluloid
Cinematic Catharsis
Classic Movie Man
Old Hollywood Films
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
True Classics

To enter, simply leave a comment, and then fill out the entry form below! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Behind the Door on Dual-Format Blu-ray/DVD from Flicker Alley. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S./Canada and ends on April 12, 2017. And as far as the comments go, maybe you can share what you think is the most interesting/intriguing moment from the trailer?


Good luck, everyone!

55 thoughts on “Win A DVD Of “Behind The Door” (1919), The Most Disturbing Silent Film You’ve Never Seen!

  1. Oh, I’d love to own this! It looks like it’s been beautifully restored. I’ve never seen Hobart Bosworth, either.

  2. I am soo impressed with how visually clean and sharp the film image is in the trailer! There is such an adult focussed perspective to so many silent films that they whet my appetite and leave me hungry to watch more. Modern film is just so much icing and marachino cherries compared to the richnesss, depth, and timeless message of human struggle found in so many silent films.

  3. I do so appreciate “giveaways”/ contests because it gives me the possibility of owning wonderful films I’ve seen at festivals, but can’t afford to purchase outright. Thank you to everyone who makes this happen!

  4. I deliberately skipped over the plot summary and the trailer. If I watch this, I want to watch it “sight unseen,” so to speak.

  5. Through restoration efforts we can use modern technology to watch films from a full century ago. Once one can get into the differences between our films now and films of the silent era, one can fell that connection to the characters through the craft of the actors and film makers.

  6. I’ve only heard of this film in the dark back allies where film enthusiasts whisper their yearnings to see films long lost to the dust of time. I’d love to see what the buzz is all about. Pick me! Pick me!

    • LOVE your post ❤
      I only wish we HAD dark back allies for film enthusiasts TO gather in! Well, or even film enthusiasts for that matter LOL Treasure your alley time, my dear…. it is grossly underrated! 😉

  7. The trailer just made me want to see more! looks so intriguing love the silents and this one seems like it has a wonderful story to tell.

  8. Wow… see a film with Jane Novak is pretty special for a big Harold Lloyd fan like me. She was Lloyd’s first leading lady in “Just Nuts”, but when the film finally got distribution, she had gone on to other things, & Lloyd had to make other leading lady arrangements for his new contract.

    Wow, the clips look really interesting….can’t wait to see this one.

  9. Amazing how much better of a job they did flinging people during the to’s and fro’s scene after the ship has been torpedoed than Star Trek does in these modern times! Can’t wait to see this one! Thank you for all you do for Silents and those who adore them ❤

  10. I’ve never heard of this film. But since I’ve read up on it it seems intriguing. I wouldn’t mind owning it.

  11. i have never read of this film before, but your positive reaction and the Flicker Alley credentials speaks volumes, if only in title cards. will recommend to the Bellingham Public Library that they purchase a copy. nlg

  12. I’m impressed with the pristine quality of the images. The music is delightful also. I want to see this film. I also hope to go to The San Francisco Silent Film Festival one day. I love your blog!

  13. Hobart Bosworth is shamefully neglected today but in his heyday was known as the “Dean of Motion Pictures.” His Bosworth Incorporated production company distributed the first full feature length film versions of Jack London’s novels and the now lost THE SEA WOLF (1913) actually preceded DeMille’s THE SQUAW MAN. I’ve seen BEHIND THE DOOR from a Library of Congress print and this version with its tinting looks really superb. Boswofrth continued his career well into the sound era.and I’d like to review this DVD for FILM INTERNATIONAL.

  14. I can’t enter as I’m in the UK, but just back from seeing this live at the BFI with the fabuous Stephen Horne accompanying. A bloomin’ great film – with some real jaw dropping moments in. The winner’s getting a gem of a prize!

  15. I’ve seen some surprisingly violent Silent’s in my day, but that was something else! I’d never heard of this film before and will need to look into buying it even if I don’t win.

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