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The
Last Command

(1928)

 

This superb film was directed by Josef von Sternberg and stars Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent and William Powell, with Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin, Michael Visaroff and Fritz Feld.

coverThe Criterion Collection
2010 DVD edition

Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (1927-1928), black & white, 244 minutes total, not rated,
including The Last Command (1928), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection, CC1911D (spine number 528), UPC 7-15515-05951-0.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD 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, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 16 chapter stops; three cardboard wrapped plastic trays in cardboard slipcase, 96-page booklet, $79.95.
Release date: 24 August 2010
Country of origin: USA

This DVD edition features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer of the film from a very-good to excellent 35mm source print.

The film is presented with two optional music scores: one full orchestral score by Robert Israel and an alternative music score by The Alloy Orchestra.

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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This Region 1 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from THE CRITERION COLLECTION.
Other silent era JOSEF VON STERNBERG films available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by ROBERT ISRAEL available on home video.
Josef von Sternberg filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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