It is a literal museum piece and it's more difficult than ever to treat HEAD HUNTERS as the thing that people saw in 1914: a thrilling romance, an exotic getaway, a movie. (As might be expected, the pictorial element often eclipses the narrative momentum; by the standard of 1914 cinema, it's closer to the tranquil meanderings of Maurice Tourneur or an Edison picture than to dynamism of Thomas Ince or D.W. Griffith.)
UCLA Film and Television Archive has restored both “The Connection” and “In the Land of the Head Hunters” from the best materials available. In the latter case, that means working with some badly damaged prints, filmmakers’ notes and still frames from missing scenes. The fragmented result is still a fascinating eyeful.