Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID9229DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-9229?-?.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 16 chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $24.99.
Release date: 17 October 2000.
Country of origin: USA
This early DVD edition, that shows its age a bit, has been mastered from a very-good 35mm print that flickers a bit with slight exposure fluctuations in this nearly full-frame video transfer from 1999. Image details are clear enough, and the disc is satisfying viewing (aside from the flickering). However, the disc’s video information is a bit overcompressed to facilitate its fit onto a single-layer DVD, resulting in a nearly constant swarm of artifacts that look like filmgrain but are not (as any still frame will reveal). Most viewers will be able to ignore it, but we can’t . . . especially on a high-definition system.
The film is accompanied by a theater organ music score performed by John Muri that was recorded during a live presentation.
We recommend this edition as the best currently available on home video, but we look forward to an updated edition that has been mastered to current standards.
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