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A Throw of Dice
(1929)

 

Adapted from the Sanskrit epic poem The Mahabharata, A Throw of Dice is the tale of King Sohat (Himansu Rai) and King Rajit (Charu Roy) of neighboring kingdoms, who share a passion for life, gambling, and love for the beautiful Sunita (Seeta Devi). After a tiger attacks Rajit, Sunita focuses her attention on nursing the handsome king back to health, then agrees to become his bride. The jealous Sohat then challenges Rajit to a game of chance, with the high stakes of his freedom, his bride and even his life.

An epic production touting 10,000 extras, 1000 horses, and legions of elephants, A Throw of Dice is a prime example of German film director Franz Osten’s fascination and respect for the culture and literature of India.

coverKino International
2008 DVD edition

A Throw of Dice (1929), black & white, 74 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 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, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 15 July 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This American release of the 35mm restoration version from the British Film Institute.

The film is accompanied by a new orchestral score by Nitin Sawhney, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Supplemental materials include an interview with composer Sawhney.

 
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coverBritish Film Institute
2007 DVD edition

A Throw of Dice (1929), black & white, 74 minutes, BBFC Classification U.

BFI Video Publishing,
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) 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; standard DVD keepcase, £19.99.
Release date: 29 October 2007.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
This original home video release of Franz Osten’s A Throw of Dice has been mastered from the British Film Institute’s restoration.

The film is accompanied by a new orchestral score by Nitin Sawhney, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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.
coverAlive
2007 DVD edition

A Throw of Dice (1929), black & white, 76 minutes, not rated.

Alive DVD, 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 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, €22,99.
Release date: 7 December 2007.
Country of origin: Germany
This German language edition of the British Film Institute restoration of A Throw of Dice features a new orchestral score by Nitin Sawhney.

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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