Freaks / The Unknown / The Mystic: Tod Browning’s Sideshow Shockers

Edition no. 1194

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The UnknownFreaksThe Mystic
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Directed by: Tod Browning

The world is a carnival of criminality, corruption, and psychosexual strangeness in the twisted pre-Code shockers of Tod Browning. Early Hollywood’s edgiest auteur, Browning drew on his experiences as a circus performer to create subversive pulp entertainments set amid the world of traveling sideshows, which, with their air of the exotic and the disreputable, provided a pungent backdrop for his sordid tales of outcasts, cons, villains, and vagabonds. Bringing together two of his defining works (The Unknown and Freaks) and a long-unavailable rarity (The Mystic), this cabinet of pre-Code curiosities reveals a master of the morbid whose ability to unsettle is matched only by his daring compassion for society’s most downtrodden.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Musical Score 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • New audio commentary for Freaks by film scholar David J. Skal
  • New audio commentary for The Unknown by film scholar David J. Skal
  • Introduction to The Mystic by film scholar David J. Skal
  • New interview with author Megan Abbott about director Tod Browning and pre-Code horror
  • Archival documentary on Freaks
  • Reading of “Spurs,” the short story by Tod Robbins on which Freaks is based
  • Prologue to Freaks, which was added to the film in 1947
  • Program on the alternate endings to Freaks
  • Video gallery of portraits from Freaks
  • An essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme

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