by Jackson Posted 2 years, 199 days ago
It is a sad fact of film history that, for much of its existence, the movie studios did not appreciate the value of their creations as archive-worthy artistic endeavors—let alone public interest in props, costumes and other tools of the trade (which only truly came to the forefront during the famous 1970 MGM auction). As such, many—and, in the case of silent films, the majority—movies have been lost for good. Every now and then, one such lost work resurfaces, but those that do are fewer than not. It is almost inconceivable to us now that, of all movies, the very first Oscar winner for Best Picture (then “Best Picture, Production”), William A. Wellman’s Wings, could at one time have been lost, but such was indeed the case. Fortunately for future cinephile generations, Wings is also among the few lost films that have been found. Hit the jump for our review of the Blu-ray.