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The End of
St. Petersburg

(1927)

 
coverKino on Video
2003 DVD edition

Earth (1930), black & white, 69 minutes, not rated,
with The End of St. Petersburg (1927), black & white, 89 minutes, not rated, and Chess Fever (1925), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K298, UPC 7-38329-02982-1.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD 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, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, permanent English language subtitles, 12 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 13 May 2003.
Country or origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from 35mm elements of very-good quality. This is the same video master that was prepared for release on VHS videotape and laserdisc in the 1990s.

The film is presented with permanent yellow English subtitles over the Russian intertitles. The orchestral music score is the existing optical soundtrack from the source print.

 
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coverImage Entertainment
2002 DVD edition

The End of St. Petersburg (1927), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Deserter (1933), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID1124DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-11242-9.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD 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 5.1 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, permanent English language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
Release date: 15 October 2002.
Country of origin: USA
This edition is touted to be mastered from the best print available (to Film Preservation Associates), which is likely the 1975 American release print prepared by the Eastin-Phelan Corporation (1970s owners the Blackhawk Films collection) from the 1969 Gosfilmofond restoration. Film Preservation Associates succeeded Eastin-Phelan in ownership of the Blackhawk Films collection and so owns the 35mm source material.

The film is accompanied by the orchestral music soundtrack from the 1969 restoration version.

But, obviously, we cannot recommend one edition or another until viewed.

 
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coverEureka Entertainment
2001 DVD edition

The End of St. Petersburg (1927), black & white, 88 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entertainment,
unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD 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, £19.99.
Release date: 20 August 2001.
Country of origin: England
This PAL edition has been mastered from 35mm print materials.

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

 
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