This Soviet three-chapter serial was directed by Fyodor Otsep and Boris Barnet, and stars Natalya Glan, Boris Barnet, Vladimir Fogel, Igor Ilinskii and Sergei Komarov.
2009 DVD edition
Miss Mend (1926), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 285 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0014,
UPC 6-17311-67459-4, ISBN 1-893967-45-X.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 6.0 Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles (Russian language insert shots), English language subtitles (insert shots only), 36 chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $39.95.
Release date: 15 December 2009.
Country of origin: USA
Our first look at this first DVD home video edition of the Soviet spoof/homage to the American adventure serial was quite pleasing, with its excellent video transfer from a very-good to excellent 35mm source print. Some form of speckling, dust or emulsion flaw is present in nearly every frame of the source print, but its broad greyscale range and nearly excellent image detail makes viewing this disc a pleasure. Newly-translated English intertitles have been inserted.
The film is accompanied by an excellent music score for ensemble and theater organ adapted, composed and performed by Robert Israel.
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