Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (1927-1928), black & white, 244 minutes total, not rated,
including Underworld (1927), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated, The Last Command (1928), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated, and The Docks of New York (1928), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.
The Criterion Collection, CC1911D (spine number 528), UPC 7-15515-05951-0.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame and windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 8 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three plastic DVD trays in cardboard wrap with 96-booklet in cardboard slipcase, $79.95.
Release date: 24 August 2010
Country of origin: USA
This DVD collection of three late silent era films directed by Josef von Sternberg features new, restored high-definition digital transfers of each of the films.
The collection features six musical scores to accompany the films: one full orchestral score each by Robert Israel for the three films, two scores for Underworld and The Last Command by the Alloy Orchestra, and a piano and voice piece by Donald Sosin and Joanne Seaton for The Docks of New York.
The collection’s supplemental material includes visual essays by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and film scholar Tag Gallagher, a 1968 Swedish television interview with Sternberg, and a 96-page booklet featuring the original film treatment for Underworld by Ben Hecht, essays by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, film scholar Anton Kaes, and author Luc Sante, and an excerpt on actor Emil Jannings from Sternberg’s autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry.
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