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Cohen Media Group Acquires Rohauer Library

Posted January 31, 2013 11:16 AM by Jeffrey Kauffman

Cohen Media GroupCharles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of the Cohen Media Group, today announced the arrival of the Cohen Film Collection, a world-renowned collection of rare cinematic gems, which will be meticulously restored and enhanced for generations to come. The Cohen Film Collection (formerly The Rohauer Library), will include more than 700 films – from enduring Hollywood classics to foreign masterpieces and seminal avant-garde works – which will undergo complete digital restoration so that the best possible versions of these historic films are available across all platforms of delivery. Many of these films will be theatrically re-released, while others will join the Collection on Blu-ray and DVD.

The first release from The Collection, Tristana, is currently in theaters and will be debuting on Blu-ray and DVD this March. Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 19, 2013, will be The Thief of Bagdad, Douglas Fairbanks' 1924 fantasy epic that marked a new peak for action cinema during the silent era. The Thief of Bagdad has been digitally restored in 2k from two 35mm negatives incorporating color tints and tones of the original release prints. Featuring state-of-the-art sound, the Carl Davis orchestral score and accompanied by audio commentary and numerous extras, The Thief of Bagdad Blu-ray and DVD indicates the care Cohen will be taking with all releases from this collection.

Many titles in the collection are rare; the collection has the only known materials for some films. Exclusive licenses and contracts
bring to the Collection original nitrate elements camera negatives, prints and other materials unavailable elsewhere, to assure the best High Definitions transfers possible.

Highlights of The Cohen Film Collection include:
  • The General (1926). The Collection has the original nitrate camera negative of Buster Keaton's Civil War comic masterpiece and is creating, in partnership with The Library of Congress, a 4K scan from a safety fine-grain positive master newly struck for the restoration. The Collection also includes Keaton's Sherlock Jr., Our Hospitality, The Navigator, Go West and dozens of his remarkable short films.

  • Intolerance (1916). D.W. Griffith's awe-inspiring epic is receiving a 2K restoration that will include an orchestral score by world renowned composer Carl Davis. Other Griffith masterworks in the Collection include The Birth of a Nation (both the 1915 original and the 1930 cut), Broken Blossoms, Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm and many of the groundbreaking shorts directed by the "Father of Film."

  • Sudden Fear (1952). David Miller's film noir, starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, is receiving a 2K restoration.

  • L'Etoile de Mer (1928). This and other experimental shorts by the avant- garde photographer Man Ray will be released.

  • Hangmen Also Die (1943). The Collection is working with Britain's Pinewood Studios on a 2K restoration of this Fritz Lang film that will reinstate a short sequence not in the version currently available here.

  • Song of Freedom (1936). One of six films in the Collection starring the singer- actor-activist Paul Robeson.

  • Son of the Sheik (1926). Rudolph Valentino's last film is being restored from nitrate material held at the Library of Congress. Valentino's Blood and Sand and The Eagle are also in the Collection.

  • Jamaica Inn (1939). The Collection will restore this period adventure, the last film Alfred Hitchcock made in England before moving to Hollywood and his first adaptation of a tale by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds).

  • Fire Over England (1937). This historical drama marked the first screen pairing of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier and is being restored to honor, in 2013, the 100th anniversary of Leigh's birth. It's one of four Leigh films in the Collection.

  • The Strong Man (1926). Frank Capra's first feature film stars Harry Langdon, generally regarded as one of the quartet of great silent-screen comics along with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd (all of whom are also represented in the Collection). One of 14 Langdon films in the Collection.

  • Douglas Fairbanks films. In addition to The Thief of Bagdad, the Collection includes such early Fairbanks titles as The Lamb and Double Trouble, both from 1915, as well as his later adventure classics The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and The Black Pirate. Among the dozens of other Fairbanks titles in the Collection is The Taming of the Shrew, a screen pairing of Fairbanks and his wife, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford.



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News comments (19 comments)



pickfair
  Jan 31, 2013
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excellent news. "Thief of Bagdad" is a day 1 buy, but I hope "Orphans of the Storm" & Fairbanks "Robin Hood" are on the restore and release on Bluray list.

R3P0
  Jan 31, 2013
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Mark of Zorro excellent definite day 1 buy as well

joie
  Jan 31, 2013
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Am really interested in this and will see "Tristana" and "Thief of Baghdad" in order to see how their Blu-rays look (and sound).
rodneyh
  Jan 31, 2013
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Looking Forward to these Titles. Especially in need of restoration is Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn.
moverob
  Jan 31, 2013
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This is *excellent* news. And we all know that Blu-ray is the perfect medium (until 4K TVs and players come along in a couple of years) to watch and enjoy these film masterpieces discussed above.

I can't wait. Many of them will immediately go into my BD collection.

Thank you, Cohen Media Group.
jonmayo15
  Jan 31, 2013
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Just to be clear, the acquisition of these titles will not affect the availability of the titles that Kino has already released on BD, correct? The trailer Cohen released for "The Thief of Bagdad" looks amazing.

MikeyHitchFan
  Jan 31, 2013
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Jamaica Inn is the one I'll buy on blu-ray. All DVD's looks crappy.

bboisvert
  Jan 31, 2013
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Hangmen Also Die with a restored ending would be amazing.

Atreyu
  Jan 31, 2013
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Great news, cannot wait for some of these titles.
ZoetMB
  Jan 31, 2013
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Wow! I wonder how much better their version of "The General" will look than the one already issued. I saw the Motion Picture Academy's print of "The Thief of Bagdad" (What the "H" happened to the "h"?) last year and that print looked pretty good.

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Gardenofstone10
  Jan 31, 2013
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I love seeing classics taken care of!!!

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The Great Artiste
  Jan 31, 2013
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really good news for the future preservation of these important classic films.

Pezeta
  Jan 31, 2013
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Greed... We Need Greed On Blu Ray...

bboisvert
  Jan 31, 2013
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@Pezeta - unless things have changed, that's with Warner.

The most likely scenario is a BD through their Archive program. Maybe contact them via FB or tweet @WarnerArchive.
latehong
  Jan 31, 2013
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What an incredible list!

As a non-English speaker, hope they include English subtitle option for English speaking films.

BillieCassin
  Feb 01, 2013
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Wow, so very excited for Sudden Fear to get the royal treatment - I hope that one comes out sooner than later! Since it's specifying it's undergoing a 2K restoration, it sounds like that one may be already in the pipeline for release.

Nika
  Feb 01, 2013
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I also hope they'll release Sudden Fear very soon! Such an amazing film!
mjbethancourt
  Feb 01, 2013
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Best home video news I've heard in years, but so far that list only covers a couple of the many dozens of pre-1950 titles that I HAVE TO have, it barely scratches the itch. Anybody got a line on where to find a more complete list of the catalogue?

pedromvu
  Feb 02, 2013
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@mjbethancourt check the Cohen Media Film forum from this site, there is a link to a pdf with the complete list.


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