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Fantômas
(1913-1914)

 

Louis Feuillade’s five-part crime serial stars René Navarre as Fantômas.

coverKino Classics
2016 Blu-ray Disc edition

Fantômas (1913-1914), black & white, 337 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K2024, UPC 7-38329-20243-9.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region A Blu-ray Discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc BD keepcase, $49.95.
Release date: 5 January 2016.
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-ray Disc edition of the French crime serial has been mastered from excellent 35mm print materials.

The supplemental section includes audio commentary by David Kalat, two Feuillade shorts, The Nativity (1910) and The Dwarf (1912), the documentary Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms (10 minutes), and a stills gallery.

 
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coverKino International
2010 DVD edition

Fantômas (1913-1914), black & white, 337 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K697, UPC 7-38329-06972-8.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; plastic trays in cardboard wrappers in storage slipcase, $54.99 (reduced to $34.95).
Release date: 21 September 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition of the French crime serial has been mastered from excellent 35mm print materials.

The supplemental section includes two Feuillade shorts, The Nativity (1910) and The Dwarf (1912), the documentary Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms (10 minutes), and a stills gallery.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
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This Region 1 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from KINO LORBER.
Artificial Eye
2009 DVD edition

Fantômas (1913-1914), color-toned black & white, 335 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Artificial Eye, ART 299 DVD (VFC 88041), UPC 5-021866-299303.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, French language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, £29.99.
Release date: 2009.
Country of origin: England
This edition is likely to be identical to the 2006 Artificial Eye edition noted below, except for updated packaging artwork.

The discs also contain an introduction by Kim Newman, a Feuillade biography, and an image gallery.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase a Region 2 PAL DVD of this edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
Artificial Eye
2006 DVD edition

Fantômas (1913-1914), black & white, 335 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Artificial Eye, ART 299 DVD, UPC 5-021866-299303.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, French language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, £29.99.
Release date: 20 February 2006.
Country of origin: England
This edition may be effectively identical to the Gaumont edition noted below.

The discs also contain an introduction by Kim Newman, a Feuillade biography, and an image gallery.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase a Region 2 PAL DVD of this edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
Gaumont International
2000 DVD edition

Fantômas (1913-1914), black & white, 335 minutes, not rated.

Gaumont Columbia Tristar Home Video,
unknown catalog number, UPC 3-333297-870658.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 2, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, French language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, plastic trays in cardboard wrappers in storage slipcase, €54,99.
Release date: 20 March 2000.
Country of origin: France
This French edition, mastered from 35mm elements, has been restored by Gaumont and La Cinématheque française.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

This edition is now out-of-print.

 
France: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 2 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.fr. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SERIAL FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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