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Nathan the Wise
(1922)

 

Manfred Noa directed this historical drama starring Werner Krauss, Carl de Vogt and Max Schreck.

coverEdition Filmmuseum
2006 DVD edition

Nathan the Wise (1922), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 123 minutes, not rated.

Edition Filmmuseum, 10, UPC 4-260100-330100.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 7 Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, €19,95.
Release date: December 2006 (expanded and reissued March 2010).
Country of origin: Germany

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 8 / additional content: 5 / overall: 7.

This PAL edition has been mastered from a very-good 35mm print that is a bit contrasty, with lost details in highlights in nearly every shot, but with reasonably open shadows. Midrange greytones are well represented with very-good image detail, and the picture is reasonably stable. Dust, speckling, some processing flaws and very minor print damage are present, but rarely seen at a level of distraction. The full-frame video transfer has been made at a natural speed resulting in a slight jerkiness to some of the action, indicating a slower original camera cranking speed of approximately 16 frames per second. The film is presented with color tints — always a good choice with their tinted highlights that visually stand-in for blasted-out detail and help hold the remaining highlights detail — that are those of the source print or have been added for this presentation.

The film is presented with optional accompaniment; one a music score composed by Aljoscha Zimmermann, and performed by Sabrina Hausman and Mark Pogolski on piano and violin, the other an improvised piano score performed by Joachim Bärenz. The supplemental material includes an image gallery of lobby cards.

This high-quality edition is recommended to all with a PAL disc player. 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 0 PAL DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Purchase supports Silent Era.
 
This Region 0 PAL DVD edition is also available directly from EDITION FILMMUSEUM.
Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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