Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) 29.97 frames-per-second interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95.
Release date: November 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This remastered edition features a new video transfer from a 16mm reduction print. The transfer is noted as being brighter, with easier to read intertitles. Well, that may be the case. However, the backgrounds are still full of plugged-up shadows, often making the overall image hard to view.
The film is accompanied by a new music score by David Knudtson, likely performed on the Miditzer virtual theater organ (computer-based) system. This musical score offering is a definite step-up from Grapevine’s other endless repeats of the same prerecorded film music.
Recommended as the best available home edition of the film for the time being, and worth upgrading from Grapevine’s previous edition. We encourage home video producers to consider releasing a higher-quality edition.
Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10288-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (&20 x 480 pixels) 29.97 frames-per-second interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 18 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has been mastered from an older analog videotape transfer of a darker 16mm reduction print. Either the source print or the video transfer is soft in focus, making some picture details like insert typography, intertitles, and figures standing far from the camera in a group shot hard to discern. Portions of the print are lighter later in the film.
The film is accompanied by a music score compiled from preexisting orchestral recordings, some of them annoying pops from the scratched LP records, with an insert from a 78RPM gramophone recording of Rudolph Valentino singing.
The source print admittedly has some dark scenes in it, making viewing a challenge. Grapevine Video offered an exchange or refund the purchase cost if viewers are unhappy with the edition.
This Region 0NTSC DVD-R edition has been discontinued and is OUT-OF-PRINT.