Watched this tonight. It goes without saying it's a classic. Years in the making, with a budget of a million dollars at the time - and a cast of thousands - it really is a treat. Being so close to the era of sound, the sets and acting aren't as archiac as some other silents either (though it goes without saying this wouldn't be mistaken for a modern film). However, if you don't usually watch silents, but do like the Universal horrors of the 30's, this might well be a good intro for you. It has the "Universal" feel, just without sound (this IS an Universal film, after all). The character is the acknowledged inspiration for Batman villain, The Joker. The simularities are obvious. It's really a tale of of plundered wealth, love, and the evil royals backbiting and putting each other down. The climactics scenes are breathtaking - as is the isntance where they palce the camera is a fairground ride. Just marvellous this. I watched the Kino from R1 and it's stacked with extras. Highly recommended.