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Old and New
(1929)

 
Flicker Alley
2011 DVD edition

Landmarks of Early Soviet Film (1924-1930), black & white, 595 minutes total, not rated,
including Old and New (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Flicker Alley, FA0022, UPC 6-17311-67639-0.
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops; four slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
Release date: 20 September 2011.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this new collection of eight Soviet feature films looks very good, with 35mm print materials utilized for the high-quality video transfers. Some of the films are presented for the first time on DVD home video: Lev Kuleshov’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924), Lev Kuleshov’s By the Law (1926), Dziga Vertov’s Stride, Soviet! (1926), Esfir Shub’s Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927), Boris Barnet’s The House on Trubnaya Square (1928), Sergei Eisenstein’s Old and New (1929), Victor Turin’s Turksib (1929) and Mikhail Kalatozov’s Salt for Svanetia (1930).

The films are accompanied by film scores by Robert Israel, Eric Beheim, Alexander Rannie and Zoran Borisavljevic.

Even at first glance, we highly recommend this new boxed collection.

 
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Films-sans-frontières
2006 DVD edition

L’Intégrale des films de S.M. Eisenstein (1923-1944), black & white, 784 minutes total, not rated,
including Old and New [The General Line] (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Films-sans-frontières, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Four 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, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo? sound, Russian language intertitles, French and English language subtitles, chapter stops; four standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, €90,00.
Release date: 2006.
Country of origin: France
We have not viewed this edition, but have received reports that the visual quality ranges from very-good to excellent.

This edition features a music score by Edmund Meisel.

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

 
France: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.fr. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
This Region 2 PAL DVD edition is available directly from FILMS-SANS-FRONTIÈRES.
Other silent era SERGEI EISENSTEIN films available on home video.

Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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