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Lucky Star
(1929)

 

Frank Borzage’s last silent film, Lucky Star (1929), is another teaming of director Borzage with Fox stars Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor (who had won the first Academy Award® for Actress for her combined performances in 7th Heaven and Street Angel, both directed by Borzage, and for Sunrise). Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams supports in this tale of romance with rural and war themes.

cover20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2008 DVD edition

Murnau, Borzage and Fox (1925-1932), black & white and color, ? minutes total, not rated,
including Lucky Star (1929), black & white, 99 minutes, not rated.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 35622,
UPC 0-24543-56220-7.
Eight single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.20:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 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 and mono sound, English language intertitles, French, Spanish and English (sound films only) language subtitles, chapter stops; one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 1.20:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 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 and mono sound, English language intertitles, French, Spanish and English (sound films only) language subtitles, chapter stops; and three dual-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.20:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 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 and mono sound, English language intertitles, French, Spanish and English (sound films only) language subtitles, chapter stops; clothbound binder with disc pockets in clothbound box, $239.98.
Release date: 9 December 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of Frank Borzage’s Lucky Star (1929) has been mastered from an excellent Movietone 35mm print (the picture being cropped to an approximate 1.20:1 ratio). The film is not presented here with its original Movietone soundtrack.

Some collectors have reported scuffed discs that are packaged in die-cut pockets within the binder, and problems playing the double-sided 7th Heaven/The River disc. This disc packaging choice has been a disturbing trend in larger boxsets like this one and the plastic-slipcased Hitchcock collection with their die-cut disc pockets within stiff cardboard pages. Our own copy of this set has presented no playback problems with the discs on a Panasonic BD player. Others have complained that the set is bulky at seven pounds and hard to handle, with its large binder and two full-size books.

 
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