Thursday, October 22, 2015

Early reviews: Louise Brooks' Diary of a Lost Girl on DVD & Blu-ray

The early reviews are in - and so far, so good!

On October 20th, Kino Lorber released the 1929 Louise Brooks' film Diary of a Lost Girl on DVD and Blu-ray. This new release, featuring the recent reconstruction and restoration of the film, marks its first ever Blu-ray release in North America. These first reviewers have been positive in their assessment of the quality of the film (the way it looks) as well as the bonus material, especially the audio commentary by Louise Brooks Society director Thomas Gladysz. Here is a round-up of reviews in case you need to be convinced to get a copy.

"Diary of a Lost Girl"
by Glenn Erickson, October 5, 2015 (
-- "G.W. Pabst’s silent German classic is intact, restored and looking great.... Thomas Gladysz’s commentary is thorough and informative."

"Unboxing the Silents: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) on Blu ray"
Fritzi Kramer, October 10, 2015 (Movies Silently)
-- "... the film looks fantastic overall. This edition offers no alternate scores but it does come with a commentary track from Thomas Gladysz from the Louise Brooks Society."

"DVD Review: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)"
by James L. Neibaur, October 13, 2015 (
-- "The Kino blu ray is a beautiful high def transfer.... The insightful audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz offers a wealth of fascinating information about the movie and about Ms. Brooks."

"Diary of a Lost Girl (Blu-ray)"
by Matt Hinrichs, October 13, 2015 (DVDtalk)
-- "Diary of a Lost Girl was another torrid, atmospheric collaboration between American actress Louise Brooks and German director G. W. Pabst. The Kino Classics Blu-ray presents the film in a meticulous digital restoration to savor. Recommended.... The disc includes a feature-length Audio Commentary from scholar Thomas Gladysz, director of the long-standing website The Louise Brooks Society. This was a good, informative track revealing lots of interesting tidbits about the production, the lives of the other actors seen on screen, and Brooks' own recollections on the making of the film."

"Diary of a Lost Girl Blu-ray"
Dr. Svet Atanasov, October 16, 2015 (
-- "Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society, discusses the ambiguous nature of Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Diary of a Lost Girl, the film's visual style and its impressionistic aura, the relationships between the main characters, interesting details from the lives and careers of some of the principal actors, etc."

"Garner: Louise Brooks' DVD release"
by Jack Garner, October 17, 2015 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
-- "This DVD is the best possible restored version, and is beautiful in its imagery, and in Brooks' performance. This new release also benefits from a well-researched and often-fascinating commentary track by Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society."

"Diary of a Lost Girl (Kino Lorber, NR)"
by Sarah Boslaugh, October 19 2015 (playback:stl)
-- "Above all, the beauty and skill of Brooks shines through.... The film has been remastered in HD from archival 35mm segments, and comes with three extras: an informative audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society."

"Kino Classics 2015 Blu-ray Disc edition"
by Carl Bennett, October 20, 2015, (
-- "The results are often excellent, with increased image detail that surpasses our hopes for this edition.... The supplementary material includes a new audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks Society."

"October 20: This Week on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD"
by Silas Lesnick, October 20, 2015 (
-- "October 20 also sees the release of Kino Lorber‘s new HD take on Georg Wilhelm Pabst then-controversial 1929 film Diary of a Lost Girl, starring silent film icon Louise Brooks."

"This Week In Home Video: 'The Wolfpack,' 'Z For Zachariah,' and More"
by Vikram Murthi, October 20, 2015 (Criticwire)
-- "Kino Lorber has G.W. Pabst's 1929 "Diary of a Lost Girl" starring Louise Brooks as the daughter of a middle class pharmacist who is sent to a repressive home for wayward girls."

"New DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 20, 2015"
by Ryan Painter, October 20, 2015 (FoxReno)
"Kino gives us Diary of a Lost Girl a dark tale of a young woman thrown out of her home when she becomes pregnant starring Louise Brooks and directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst (the duo previously teamed for Pandora's Box)."

"Diary of a Lost Girl"
by Gary Tooze, October 20, 2015 (
-- "Kino include an audio commentary by Thomas Gladysz, the director of The Louise Brooks Society and imparts plenty of information about the tragic star and the production.... Essential Silent Era film - and another strong package - the commentary addition gives it strong value."

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