Eureka Entertainment will release Paul Leni’s 1928 mystery thriller, THE LAST WARNING – the final film from one of German cinema’s great filmmakers – on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 15 February 2021.
THE LAST WARNING will be presented from a new 4K restoration of the film undertaken as part of Universal’s ongoing silent restoration initiative, and the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase.
Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon’s 1922 Broadway play of the same name, THE LAST WARNING is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centres on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim’s body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theatre is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new “producer” arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew.
The Last Warning was Paul Leni’s final film before his untimely death, and a prime showcase for Universal’s leading lady of the era, Laura La Plante (The Cat and the Canary, Skinner’s Dress Suit).
A visual artist at the peak of his career, Leni’s camera never stops shifting, offering cutaways and trick shots involving nervous could-be culprits, a highly suspicious sleuth, and cast members who suddenly disappear in the darkened theatre.
For the new restoration, Universal’s team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for THE LAST WARNING’s available elements, ultimately working with materials from the Cinémathèque Française and the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION CONTAINS
Limited Edition O-card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only)
1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Universal’s 4K restoration, available for the first time ever on home video in the UK
Score by composer Arthur Barrow
Brand new audio commentary with horror and fantasy authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
Paul Leni and “The Last Warning” – video essay by film historian and author John Soister on Leni’s final film
Rare stills gallery
PLUS: A Collector’s Booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp and a short essay by composer Arthur Barrow on his score for the film