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The Saga of
Gosta Berling

(1924)

 

This mammoth Swedish feature film was directed by Mauritz Stiller, and stars Lars Hansen and features Greta Garbo in a major supporting role.

While the film is thought to no longer exist in its two-part 1924 premiere form, the film was reconstructed from existing prints in 1975 to nearly 90 percent of its original length.

coverKino on Video
2006 DVD edition

The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), black & white, 184 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K469, UPC 7-38329-04692-7.
One single-sided, dual-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, 4 Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 25 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 6 June 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this edition shows that, in addition to the main feature, which has been transferred from the very-good 1975 35mm restoration print, with English intertitles, the disc includes excerpts from Luffar-Petter (1922) featuring Greta Garbo (10 minutes), a featurette “Rediscovering Sweden: Peter Cowie Introduces the Films of Mauritz Stiller,” newsreel footage of Garbo’s 1929 return to America from Sweden (2 minutes), and advertising films featuring a young Garbo (4 minutes).

 
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coverSvensk Filmindustri International
200? DVD edition

The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), color-tinted black & white, 134 minutes, Classification 15.

Svensk Filmindustri International, unknown catalogue number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 PAL 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, Swedish language intertitles, English, French, German and Portuguese language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, £24.95.
Release date: 2005.
Country of origin: Sweden
This PAL edition has been mastered from the 35mm restoration materials.

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

 
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coverSunrise Silents
2005 DVD edition

The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), color-tinted black & white, 110 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, GBSG-N (NTSC) and GBSG-P (PAL), no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC or PAL DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $21.95.
Release date: 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This public-domain edition has likely been transferred from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a music score performed on MIDI synthesizer.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other silent era GRETA GARBO films available on home video.

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

 
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