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Varieté
(1925)

 

This UFA drama of the circus world, directed by E.A. Dupont, stars Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti, with Warwick Ward, Maly Delschaft, Werner Krauss, Georg John and Kurt Gerron.

Kino Classics
2017 Blu-ray Disc edition

Varieté (1925) [German release version], color-tinted black & white, 95 minutes, not rated,
with Othello (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region A Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, LPCM 2.0 stereo sound, German? language intertitles, optional English? language subtitles, chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 22 August 2017.
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-ray Disc edition has been mastered from the 2015 F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration of the original German release version of the film.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

The supplementary material includes a presentation of Othello (1922) starring Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti, and a short documentary on the composition and recording of the music score.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region A Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
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Masters of Cinema
2017 Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition

Varieté (1925) [German release version], color-tinted black & white, 95 minutes, not rated,
with Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Eureka Entertainment, EKA70232 (MoC 160), unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region B Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, LPCM 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; and one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD-R 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, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard BD keepcase, £14.99.
Release date: 23 January 2017.
Country of origin: England
This dual-disc edition has been mastered from the 2015 F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration of the original German release version of the film, and includes a presentation of the 1926 American release version from a print held by the Library of Congress.

The film is accompanied by three optional music scores by Stephen Horne, Johannes Contag, and a music score composed by Martyn Jacques and performed by The Tiger Lillies.

The supplementary material includes a booklet with essays and stills.

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

 
United Kingdom: Click logomark to purchase this Region B Blu-ray Disc / Region 2 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk.
F.W. Murnau Stiftung
2015 Blu-ray Disc edition

Varieté (1925) [German release version], color-tinted black & white, 95 minutes, not rated,
with Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 82 minutes, not rated.

Freidrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, distributed by NFP, unknown catalog number, UPC 4-260213-911029.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) 24fps progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English, French, Italian and Japanese language subtitles, chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, €14.99.
Release date: 6 February 2015.
Country of origin: Germany
This Blu-ray Disc edition has been mastered from the 2015 F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration of the original German release version of the film, and includes a presentation of the 1926 American release version from a print held by the Library of Congress.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Martyn Jacques and performed by The Tiger Lillies. The American version of the film is accompanied by a music score performed by Peter Kleinschmidt.

The supplementary material includes a 32-page booklet with stills and essays by Guido Altendorf, Martyn Jacques, Michael Wedel and Anke Wilkening.

 
Germany: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.de. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
F.W. Murnau Stiftung
2015 DVD edition

Varieté (1925) [German release version], color-tinted black & white, 95 minutes, not rated,
with Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 82 minutes, not rated.

Freidrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, distributed by NFP, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 PAL DVD-R 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 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English, French, Italian and Japanese language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, €14.99.
Release date: 6 February 2015.
Country of origin: Germany
This PAL DVD edition has been mastered from the 2015 F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration of the original German release version of the film, and includes a presentation of the 1926 American release version from a print held by the Library of Congress.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Martyn Jacques and performed by The Tiger Lillies. The American version of the film is accompanied by a music score performed by Peter Kleinschmidt.

The supplementary material includes a 32-page booklet with stills and essays by Guido Altendorf, Martyn Jacques, Michael Wedel and Anke Wilkening.

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

 
Germany: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.de. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
Grapevine Video
2010 DVD edition

Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10181-6.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2010.
Country of origin: USA

This Grapevine Video DVD-R edition has been updated from their earlier DVD edition of the 1926 American release version of Varieté.

The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together score of preexisting film music recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Reel Classic DVD
2016 DVD edition

Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 72 minutes, not rated,
with The Artist (1950), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Reel Classic DVD, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 7 November 2016.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the American release version of the film.

The film is to be accompanied by a cobbled-together score of preexisting film music recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Nostalgia Family Video
2015 DVD edition

Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

Nostalgia Family Video, no catalog number, UPC 6-44827-21562-1.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $8.99.
Release date: 9 July 2015.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the American release version of the film.

The film is to be accompanied by a cobbled-together score of preexisting film music recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Grapevine Video
2009 DVD edition

Variety (1926) [USA release version], black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: April 2009.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the 1926 American release version of Varieté.

The film is accompanied by a music score comprised of preexisting recordings.

This edition is now out-of-print, being replaced by the remastered Grapevine Video edition above.
Other silent era EMIL JANNINGS films available on home video.

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

 
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