Silent Era Information*Progressive Silent Film List*Lost Films*People*Theaters
Taylorology*Articles*Home Video*Books*Store*Search
 
 
Silent Era Home Page  >  Home Video  >  The Affairs of Anatol
 
Silent Era Films on Home Video
Reviews of silent film releases on home video.
Copyright © 1999-2017 by Carl Bennett
and the Silent Era Company.
All Rights Reserved.

The Affairs of
Anatol

(1921)

 

This Cecil B. DeMille film features Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Agnes Ayres and Bebe Daniels. Another in a series of DeMille’s ‘the grass is always greener’ films, and one where the apparent message is that women are the weaker sex.

coverImage Entertainment
2000 DVD edition

The Affairs of Anatol (1921), color-tinted black & white, color-toned black & white and black & white, 117 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID9225DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-92252-3.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 1.37:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) 29.97 frames-per-second interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 4.8 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; standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 26 September 2000.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 7 / additional content: 0 / overall: 6.

This edition has been mastered from 35mm film elements that are partially hand-tinted and partially chemically color-tinted.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed by Brian Benison.

Given the length of the film, which has been crammed into a single-layered DVD, it is not surprising that there are no supplemental features. While not marked as such, this is a Region 1 disc.

This is currently our recommended edition of the film — until a new, higher-quality edition is produced.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase thisa Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection (1914-1926), black & white, 1622 minutes total, not rated,
including The Affairs of Anatol (1921), black & white, 117 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5090, UPC 0-25493-50900-0.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.37:1 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 1.0 mon0 sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 13 chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 12 June 2007.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 4 / additional content: 5 / overall: 5.

This DVD edition has been mastered from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print, which is clear enough to reasonable viewing but is still closed up in its shadow details. The disc mastering is the usual low-resolution squeeze to fit three feature-length films on one DVD, with the result that the picture is a little rough on large HD televisions. Compression artifacts will be easy to spot with educated eyes, especially in Agnes Ayres’ splashing water. Also, the narrative intertitles have been reset in a script digital typeface over a short loop of blank filmstock with many speckles to make them look contemporary to the film. Likely an attempt to discourage piracy (ha!), but totally unnecessary.

The film is accompanied by a score of canned orchestral music from a variety of audio sources, some of the selections are quite sappy.

This edition is not recommended, but passible if you’re on a tight collecting budget.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

The Gloria Swanson Collection: 10 Fabulous Films (1915-1931) black & white, 675 minutes total, not rated,
including The Affairs of Anatol (1921), black & white, 117 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Five single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 1.37:1 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, chapter stops; five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 13 February 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has likely been mastered from 16mm reduction prints, and this presentation of Male and Female may be identical to the Cecil B. DeMille Classics Collection noted above. Identifying logomarks are likely superimposed over a lower corner of the picture to discourage video transfer piracy.

The silent films are likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era GLORIA SWANSON films available on home video.

Other silent era CECIL B. DeMILLE films available on home video.

Other WALLACE REID films available on home video.
 
Silent Era Home Page  >  Home Video  >  The Affairs of Anatol
 

SUPPORT SILENT ERA
USING THESE LINKS
WHEN SHOPPING AT
AMAZON

AmazonUS
AmazonCA
AmazonUK

Sherlock Holmes (1916) BD/DVD Combo

Silent Era Ads
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (1902-1943). Films by Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Germaine Dulac and more!
 
PREORDER
from Amazon

The Captive on Blu-ray

Beyond the Rocks DVD

Silent Era Ads
Irvin Willat’s
Behind the Door (1919) starring Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak and Wallace Beery.
 
PREORDER
from Amazon

Early Women Filmmakers BD/DVD Combo

Behind the Door BD/DVD Combo

Steamboat Bill Jr/College on Blu-ray

General/Three Ages on Blu-ray

Wagon Tracks on Blu-ray

Children of Divorce BD/DVD Combo

Napoléon on Region B Blu-ray

Dr Mabuse on Blu-ray

Chicago on DVD

Metropolis on Blu-Ray Disc

Keaton on Blu-Ray Disc

Chaplin at Keystone

Fairbanks Boxset

Lloyd Collection

Valentino DVD

Chaplin Mutuals on Blu-ray/DVD

*