BEWARE of JEF FILM releases of classic silent films....
M. Kearns | 03/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"because they look very poor.... BAD QUALITY dvds that are almost unwatchable.... certainly not worth the money :-("
A nice and entertaining romantic adventure
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood | Manly, NSW Australia | 05/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice and above-average silent film in the romance/adventure genre, and being a Cecil B. DeMille production, it has a fair share of exotic, unusual or glamorous settings and costumes. The first scenes already grabbed my attention because they are set in Outback Australia, complete with sheep, kangaroos and a boomerang-throwing hero who then heads off to the French Riviera to mingle with royalty and high society. If that's not enough, throw in a beautiful Russian princess and a villain played by Noah Beery, and you have one of the many silent films featuring Rod La Rocque, of which, unfortunately, only very few are available at this time. This makes "The Coming of Amos" somewhat special, and if Rod La Rocque's performance in this film is anything to go by, then we can only hope that more of his early, silent films will see the light of day before too long. As Amos, Rod plays an Australian cowboy who visits the Riviera to meet his long-lost uncle - and in the process learn to be a gentleman. While not quite a `Crocodile Dundee' character, he does have a suitcase full of huge boomerangs and other Australian sheep-shearing paraphernalia, but it's his boomerang-throwing which really impressed me; first in his native Outback, then in his uncle's luxurious villa to demonstrate the skill to members of the aristocracy and high society, and finally to incapacitate the bad guys who try to abduct his beloved princess. Not even we real Aussies can do that! There are other fun and light moments balancing out the dark side surrounding the mysterious deaths of three of the princess's admirers and suitors. Amos finds himself in danger, but like all good -and somewhat predictable - romance adventures, defeats the bad guys and wins the girl in the end. While nothing outstanding or special, this film is well done with good acting in interesting locations, and the overall picture quality is quite good with only a small degree of too much whiteness, which is common with old films. The musical score has not been specifically composed for this film, which means various recordings, mostly classical, orchestral, have been put together to accompany the film, and for the most part they match the scenes quite well, especially in the beginning where some traditional Australian folk tunes are played to accompany the Outback scenes. But the highlight just has to be those boomerangs!
Obscure film gets it's release.
A. Altomare | new windsor ny | 04/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike other reviewers, this dvd is not bad at all. it is a public domain print but much better than other domain prints i have seen. Jef films can be a little pricey but they do release obscure titles. music score is very good quality on this one. The print quality is not bad and is from direct 16mm reduction print transfer."