John Barrymore shines in a role that he was born to portray, mirroring his personal life in certain aspects, that of the infamous European lover Don Juan. Mary Astor stars as Adrianna della Varnese, Don Juan’s inspiration for redemption.
The supporting cast includes Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor, Montague Love, Josef Swickard, Willard Louis, Myrna Loy, Nigel de Brulier, Hedda Hopper, Phillipe de Lacy, Helena D’Algy, John George, Helene Costello, Phyllis Haver and Gustav von Seyffertitz.
Warner Home Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-83316-12608-0.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC 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, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 8 July 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition is presented as originally prepared from a high-definition video scan for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. The source print is a very-good 35mm duplicate print, with speckling, dust, emulsion scratches and chipping. The source material may not be a nitrate original, as there are timing marks at the end of reels — which may not have been common in prints of the 1920s. The some shots appear to have been inserted from a lesser-quality but good 35mm print.
The film is accompanied the original Vitaphone synchronized sound music score. The audio remastering is very-good, as much of the Vitaphone disc noise has been digitally cleaned up very well.