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Madame Du Barry
[Passion]
(1919)

 

This Ernst Lubitsch historical drama stars Pola Negri and Emil Jannings.

coverEureka Entertainment
2014 Blu-ray Disc/DVD edition

Madame Du Barry (1919), black & white, color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 114 minutes, BBFC Classification PG,
with Als Ich Tot War (1916), black & white, 39 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entertainment,
EKA70145 (MoC 93), UPC 5-060000-701456.
One single-sided, dual-layered?, Region B Blu-ray Disc, pillarboxed 16:9 24fps progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 DVD disc, full-frame 4:3 PAL format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; dual-disc BD keepcase, £14.99.
Release date: 22 September 2014.
Country of origin: England

This Blu-ray Disc and DVD edition has been transferred and encoded at 1080p from high-quality 35mm materials.

The film is presented with a custom music score.

The supplemental material includes a 36-page booklet with essays by critic and filmmaker David Cairns and archival photos.

This edition is highly recommended.

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

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region B/Region 2 dual-disc edition from Amazon.co.uk. Purchase supports Silent Era. AmazonUK
coverGrapevine Video
2006 DVD edition

Madame Du Barry [Passion] (1919), black & white, color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 99 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10077-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 DVD-R disc, full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, German language intertitles, permanent English language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: April 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This edition from public-domain home video company Grapevine Video has been transferred from a good to very-good 16mm reduction print of the American release version, Passion. The disc has been mastered from an older full-frame video transfer on analog videotape, as evidenced by characteristic dark smears to the right of the intertitles type and other analog videotape anomalies. The source print is contrasty, with OK highlights detail but also with some closed shadows.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on electric organ that sounds like the work of Bob Vaughn.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website. AmazonUS
 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era ERNST LUBITSCH films available on home video.

Other silent era EMIL JANNINGS films available on home video.

Other silent era POLA NEGRI films available on home video.

Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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