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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 15, 2011.
I know it's asking a lot but the 1929 version (is it PD?) would have been a terrific extra. Still, this is a must have purchase for me.
The 1929 version ain't PD. Wouldn't this one belong to WB? At any rate, I've seen it, and I quite like it. I hope the WB puts it out in the Archive if they do in fact own it and have elements on it.
One of my all-time favorites. I'll almost certainly be grabbing this.
Nope, it's owned by Universal, like most Paramount films from 1929-1947 or so. It's the only silent included in that purchase, and that was by accident: it was mistakenly thought to be a talkie due to its music and effects soundtrack (obviously no one was actually familiar with the film), so off to Universal it went. Great film, I agree, and it would have been nice to see it included with the '39 version.
Wow what a great and unexpected surprise! I have the MGM disc and its quite good (although it has some Technicolor registration issues that I hope this will fix) but I will be upgrading without a moment's thought. It would have been nice to have the (long unseen) original cut (running 130 minutes) but I guess the footage must no longer exist as I see this is the more well-known shorter cut. I'm sure Criterion would have included the original footage if at all possible. It makes me wonder if the film was edited for its American release in 1939 or sometime thereafter. Any ideas? I LOVE what blu-ray does with early Technicolor so this is a complete no-brainer for me!!