Directed by Viktor Turin, this propaganda documentary was charged with the task of convincing the Soviet people of the need for a railroad to connect Siberia and, what is today, Kazakhstan.
2011 DVD edition
Landmarks of Early Soviet Film (1924-1930),
black & white, 595 minutes total, not rated,
including Turksib (1929), black & white, 57 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0022, UPC 6-17311-67639-0.
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD discs, 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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, four slimline DVD keepcases with booklet in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
Release date: 20 September 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This edition of Mikhail Kalatozov’s Turksib (1929) has been mastered from the 1997 analog video transfer of an export release print with English intertitles by John Grierson, produced by David Shepard for release on VHS videotape. With its approximate 1.19:1 frame ratio, the source print appears to have had, at some point, a synchronized soundtrack.
The film is accompanied by a synthesizer film score by Zoran Borisavljevic.
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