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Napoleon
(1927)

 
coverBFI Video Publishing
2016 Blu-ray Disc edition

Napoléon (1927), color-toned black & white and black & white, 332 minutes, not rated.

British Film Institute, BFIB1239, UPC 5-035673-012390.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region B Blu-ray Discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) 24fps progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, DTS-HD 7.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, [?] no foreign language subtitles?, chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, £39.95.
Release date: 21 November 2016.
Country of origin: England
This highly-anticipated Blu-ray Disc edition has been remastered at 2K high-definition for the most-recent restoration by Kevin Brownlow.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Carl Davis.

Supplemental material includes the Kevin Brownlow documentary The Charm of Dynamite (1968) (51 minutes), feature-length commentary by Paul Cuff, a new interview with composer Carl Davis, a featurette on the restoration of the film (5 minutes), an alternative single-screen ending and individual triptych panel presentations, and a 60-page booklet.

North American collectors will need a region-free Blu-ray Disc player to view this edition.

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region B Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
coverBFI Video Publishing
2016 DVD edition

Napoléon (1927), color-toned black & white and black & white, 332 minutes, not rated.

British Film Institute, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (? x ? pixels) progressive? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, [?] no foreign language subtitles?, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, £34.95.
Release date: 21 November 2016.
Country of origin: England
This highly-anticipated DVD edition has been remastered at 2K high-definition for the most-recent restoration by Kevin Brownlow.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Carl Davis.

Supplemental material includes the Kevin Brownlow documentary The Charm of Dynamite (1968) (51 minutes), feature-length commentary by Paul Cuff, a new interview with composer Carl Davis, a featurette on the restoration of the film (5 minutes), an alternative single-screen ending and individual triptych panel presentations, and a 60-page booklet.

North American collectors will need a region-free DVD player to view this edition.

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region B Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
coverUniversal Home Video/Studio Canal
200? DVD edition

Napoléon (1927), color-toned black & white and black & white, 139 minutes, Rated G (UK).

Universal Home Video [Europe], unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English? language intertitles, unknown foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 200?.
Country of origin: England
We have not viewed this disc. And we believe it to now be out-of-print. However, the disc appears from time-to-time on Internet auction sites like eBay. Note that this edition is the American Francis Coppola adaptation, which is the shortest version available on home video.

The film is accompanied by an orchestra music score composed by Carmine Coppola and pipe organ performance by Dennis James.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.
coverVertigo
200? DVD edition

Napoléon (1927), color-toned black & white and black & white, 225 minutes, not rated.

Vertigo, unknown catalog number, 8-420172-038427.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, unknown foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 200?.
Country of origin: Italian?
This Region 2 edition is presented on two discs and should render a far better picture than the overcompressed Korean edition noted below. This edition features the Kevin Brownlow restored edition presented by Francis Ford Coppola, with orchestral accompaniment by Carmine Coppola and pipe organ performance by Dennis James.

The two-disc set appears to be out-of-print.

North American collectors will need 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 2 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
coverPremier Entertainment
2004 DVD edition

Napoléon (1927), color-toned black & white and black & white, 222 minutes, not rated.

Premier Entertainment, 2004-FDVD421, UPC 8-809097-758557.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD disc, 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, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, optional Korean and English language subtitles, 19 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: South Korea

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 7 / additional content: 0 / overall: 5.

This South Korean edition popped up for sale on eBay in 2004, and is likely available via mail order from a South Korean DVD retailer. This edition features the Kevin Brownlow restored edition presented by Francis Ford Coppola, with orchestral accompaniment by Carmine Coppola and pipe organ performance by Dennis James.

Our review of this edition reveals a very-low video encoding bit rate that presents many, many video artifacts that will marginally be visible on smaller standard televisions and very, very visible on large HD televisions. Not really worth the money.

This edition is no longer available in the USA through eBay for copyright reasons (American Zoetrope strikes again!).

 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era. AmazonUK
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