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Zvenigora
(1927)

 

Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s first film in his Ukranian trilogy, Zvenigora, is an exploration of Ukranian myths.

coverMr Bongo Films
2011 DVD edition

Zvenigora (1927), black & white, 91 minutes, BBFC Classification 12 (PG).

Mr Bongo Films, MRBDVD035, UPC 7-11969-11599-4.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 PAL DVD disc, 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, optional English language language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, £17.99.
Release date: 18 February 2011.
Country of origin: England

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 3 / overall: 8.

This PAL edition has been mastered from 35mm print materials restored by Mosfilm in 1973. The image has been digitally stabilized, as is evident from the wandering frame line at the extreme edges of the picture.

The film is presented with an orchestral music score by Ovchinnikov.

This is the best available home video edition of Zvenigora.

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

 
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coverGrapevine Video
2003 DVD edition

Zvenigora (1927), black & white, 90 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-00080-5.
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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 4.

This edition has been mastered from a constrasty 16mm reduction print. Some blasted-out highlights mean a loss of details in the actors’ faces. The substandard source print also is jittery and has persistent exposure fluctuations.

The film is presented with English language intertitles and is accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting low-fidelity monaural recordings.

Not the best edition imaginable, but this is currently the only known NTSC DVD edition of the film.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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