No longer licensing out their catalog to Image Entertainment, Milestone is now producing their own products.
Although up to this point they had been mostly re-releasing material, that all changes with today's announcement of their Mary Pickford Rags and Riches Collection on both standard and Blu-Ray set for November 6th.
Poor Little Rich Girl and The Hoodlum are making their DVD & Blu debut's, while this will be the Blu bow for Sparrows. Bonus features abound (below).
Mary Pickford is known today as the first film actress to achieve international super stardom. Funny, feisty and diminutive, she was also the first actor to have complete artistic control of her films. And because Pickford chose to work with the best directors, writers, craftsmen and editors, what incredible films they are.
These three titles, newly mastered with full orchestral scores, demonstrate the star‘s commitment to excellence and the brilliant range of her acting.
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
The story of Gwendolyn, a lonely child who is neglected by parents who chase after wealth and social status.
Given an accidental overdose of dangerous sleeping potion, the young girl feverishly dreams wild adventures, culminating in meeting Death itself. Maurice Tourneur's masterpiece, combining fantasy and macabre drama, was selected to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The Hoodlum (1918)
Commentary by film historian Scott Eyman
A home movie from Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbank’s legendary Hollywood home, Pickfair.
Pickford is the pampered and ill-tempered Amy Burke, who lives with her wealthy grandfather in a New York mansion. Bored with her posh surroundings, she decides to try slumming with her sociologist father in an East Side tenement, with hilarious results!
Mary Pickford in Ramona (1910. 17 mins.)
Ernst Lubitsch called Sparrows “one of the eight wonders of the world” and this wonderful film still ranks as a masterpiece of Gothic suspense.
Deep in the Southern swamps, the Grimes family operates a baby farm where unwanted or “lost” children are cruelly underfed and overworked. When the children are threatened, Mama Mollie (Pickford), the oldest of the kids, leads her troop through an alligator-infested swamp in one of the most harrowing escapes in cinema history.
Video interview with Mary Louise Miller's daughter Louise Paziak
Commentary by film historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta
An original 1926 trailer
The “Angel” outtakes