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Sappho
(1921)

 
coverGrapevine Video
2009 DVD edition

Ladies of the German Cinema (1921), color-tinted and color-toned black & white and black & white, 132 minutes total. not rated,
including Sappho (1921), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 82 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 7-53182-25450-0.
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, no foreign language subtitles, 16 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: September 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 6 / overall: 7.

This edition, replicated on a standard DVD disc (not DVD-R), has been mastered from an analog video master (possibly VHS videotape) that appears to have been transferred from either very-good 35mm materials or an above-average 16mm reduction print. The source print itself features a broad range of greytones, with the video transfer contributing to some deep shadows and some loss of highlight detail. The source print is lightly speckled, with dust, frame jitters, and some light emulsion damage present, but the viewing experience is quite acceptable.

The film is accompanied by an orchestral music score smoothly compiled from existing recordings. The score is far better than usually found on budget video releases, and often enhances the viewing experience.

This DVD of Sappho is recommended until a higher-quality home video edition is released.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
coverBright Shining City Productions
2011 DVD edition

Pola Negri: The Iconic Collection “The Early Films” (1917-1921), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 240 minutes total, not rated,
including Sappho (1921), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated.

Bright Shining City Productions,
no catalog number, UPC 7-93573-89802-9.
Three single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc standard DVD keepcase, $39.98.
Release date: 2011.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a very-good 16mm reduction print.

Other silent era POLA NEGRI films available on home video.

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

 
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