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L’Argent
(1928)

 
coverEureka Entertainment
2008 DVD edition

L’Argent (1928), black & white, 164 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entertainment,
EKA40298 (MoC 40), UPC 5-060000-40298-8.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 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 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, French language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, £22.99.
Release date: 24 November 2008.
Country of origin: England

This British Region 2 PAL edition has been mastered from a fine-grain 35mm print struck from the original camera negative.

The film is accompanied by an improved piano score performed by Jean-François Zygel.

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

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 2 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
coverCarlotta Films
2008 DVD edition

L’Argent (1928), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Carlotta Films, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 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, French language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; plastic DVD trays in cardboard wrapper with cardboard slipcase?, €29.95.
Release date: 24 April 2008.
Country of origin: France

This French Region 2 PAL edition has been described as transferred from very-good print materials.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano.

The supplemental material includes other films by director Marcel l’Herbier, and a 1928 documentary by Jean Dréville.

The disc was awarded the Best ‘Lost Silent’ DVD by Il Cinema Ritrovato.

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

 
France: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 2 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.fr. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverLooser Than Loose
2009? DVD edition

L’Argent (1928), black & white, 156 minutes, not rated.

Looser Than Loose Publishing,
unknown catalog number, no UPC number.
Three single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, 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, French language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc DVD keepcase, $25.00.
Release date: 2009?
Country of origin: USA
This Region-Free NTSC DVD-R edition has been remastered from a Region 2 PAL DVD edition which has been described as transferred from excellent print materials (likely the Carlotta Films edition noted above).

The film is accompanied by a music score which has, presumably, been lifted from the French disc.

 
LOOSER THAN LOOSE has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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