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Sumurun
[One Arabian Night]
(1920)

 

This early Ernst Lubitsch feature film was stars Pola Negri and Paul Wegener.

coverKino International
2006 DVD edition

Sumurun (1920), color-tinted black & white, 103 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K516, UPC 7-38329-05162-4.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 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, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 17 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 5 December 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from the 35mm reconstruction print prepared by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung, with L’Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, and Národni Filmovy Archiv´, Prague, under the direction of Enno Patalas, with the cooperation of Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, the George Eastman Museum, Gosfilmofond, the Library of Congress, and the Stadtmuseum-Filmmuseum of Munich.

The film is presented with a music score composed by Javier Perez de Azpeitia.

 
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coverEureka Entertainment
2010 DVD edition

Lubitsch in Berlin (1919-1921), black & white, color-toned black & white, and color and black & white, 581 minutes total, BBFC Classification PG,
including Sumurun (1920), color-tinted black & white, 103 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entertainment, unknown catalog number (MoC97), unknown UPC number.
Six single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) progrssive? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; six slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, £49.99.
Release date: 25 January 2010.
Country of origin: England
This edition has been mastered from the same 35mm restoration materials prepared by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung as for the 2006 Kino International edition noted above.

Among the supplemental material is a short essay on the film by David Cairns.

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coverSunrise Silents
2005 DVD edition

One Arabian Night [Sumurun] (1920), color-tinted black & white, 63 minutes, not rated,
with Mystery of the Double Cross (1917) [episode 4: “Kidnapped”], color-tinted black & white, 24 minutes, not rated, His Private Life (1926), color-tinted black & white, 24 minutes, not rated, and The Voice of Hollywood [No. 3] (1929), color-tinted black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, OANP-N (NTSC) and OANP-P (PAL), no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC or PAL DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $23.95.
Release date: 22 November 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at Sunrise Silents’ DVD-R edition of One Arabian Night reveals a video transfer from a 16mm reduction print.

The disc features musical accompaniment performed on a MIDI-based synthesizer.

The disc also includes a Lupino Lane comedy (written and directed by Roscoe Arbuckle), transferred from a good 16mm reduction print, the fourth episode of the serial Mystery of the Double Cross (1917), transferred from a good 16mm reduction print, a short sound-film novelty featuring Reginald Denny, Bobby Vernon and Anita Page, among others, transferred from what appears to be a very-good 35mm print, a Pola Negri photo gallery (33 images), a glass-slide gallery (22 images), and an introduction to Pola Negri by Rich Olivieri.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other silent era ERNST LUBITSCH films available on home video.

Other silent era POLA NEGRI films available on home video.

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