'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday; from the week's new Blu-ray releases, we recommend titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie, as well as the coolest special feature (unique to the format) and most intriguing rental.
For Blu-ray Vets:
'The Black Pirate'
Twitter Tag Line: Douglas Fairbanks stars as a pre-Johnny Depp swashbuckler in this innovative silent film from 1926 -- in color!
New Features Unique to Blu-ray: Organ score, 30 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, photo gallery. Other features are carried over from the DVD edition.
Transfer/Audio: "Kino's restoration-and this Blu-ray's 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer-is a wonder to behold. There's something completely surreal about watching color footage from 1926. ... The music sounds exactly as it ought to-clear, dynamically solid, and unobtrusive." (Blu-ray.com)
Replay Value: "The first great pirate movie and one of the best early uses of Technicolor, 'The Black Pirate' (1926) features Douglas Fairbanks in a role that's equal parts 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'A Fistful of Dollars,' one that arguably flaunts his skills as a silent-era action hero as no other" (Baltimore City Paper)