This documentary, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, of Ushguli farmers was compiled from dissociated documentary footage and a rejected drama film. Reedited into what became a docudrama, the results are a dizzying parade of striking images.
2011 DVD edition
Landmarks of Early Soviet Film (1924-1930),
black & white, 595 minutes total, not rated,
including Salt for Svanetia (1930), black & white, 52 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0022, UPC 6-17311-67639-0.
Four single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD discs, 1.19:1 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, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Russian language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops; four slimline DVD keepcases with booklet in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
Release date: 20 September 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition of Mikhail Kalatozov’s Salt for Svanetia (1930) has been mastered from the 1997 analog video transfer produced by David Shepard for release on VHS videotape. With its approximate 1.19:1 frame ratio, the source print appears to have had, at some point, a synchronized soundtrack.
The film is accompanied by a synthesizer film score by Zoran Borisavljevic.
This is the only known DVD home video edition of this film.
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