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Man with the
Movie Camera

(1929)

 
Image Entertainment
1998 DVD edition

Man with the Movie Camera (1929), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID4589DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-45892-3.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, permanent English language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard DVD keepcase), $24.99.
DVD release date: 28 October 1998 (rereleased 26 February 2002).
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This early DVD edition, originally prepared by David Shepard for release on laserdisc and VHS videotape in 1996, appears to have been transferred from a very-good-to-excellent 35mm early synchronized-sound print of the film from the 1930s.

Framing evidence on this disc suggests that the surviving source material had an optical soundtrack running along the left side of the filmprint, leaving only approximately 1.20:1 of the original camera negative aperture on the rerelease print, or — to state it another way — approximately 10-percent of the left side of the original image had been sacrificed to accommodate the rerelease print soundtrack.

For an older analog video transfer, a very-good job has been done of capturing the fine details and broad greyscale range of the source material. Only some occasional RGB artifacts are seen in tight horizontal picture details and some trellised fringing of the yellow English-language subtitles bespeak of the older video transfer technology that was utlized. The transfer is good enough to create a nearly filmlike picture on high-definition equipment capable of upconverting a standard-definition NTSC signal to a 1080p HD signal.

The presentation features an original music score by The Alloy Orchestra, following the written music directions of Dziga Vertov, originally produced for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 1995 and recorded in 1996, and an audio commentary by researcher Yuri Tsivian.

 
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Kino on Video
2003 DVD edition

Man with a Movie Camera (1929), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K297, UPC 0-38329-02972-2.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian? language intertitles, English? language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
DVD release date: 13 May 2003.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been licensed from the British Film Institute.

The film is accompanied by a music score by Michael Nyman.

 
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Triad Productions
2008 DVD edition

Man with the Movie Camera (1929), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated.

Triad Productions, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian? language intertitles, English? language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $21.99.
DVD release date: 14 July 2008.
Country of origin: USA

It is unknown what materials were used for this edition.

 
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Other silent era DZIGA VERTOV films available on home video.

Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

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

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