In 2010, the National Film Preservation Foundation proudly announced that 75 American films surviving in the collections of the New Zealand Film Archive would be repatriated to American film archives. Many of the films had survived only in the unique prints that had travelled the globe decades ago, only now to return to American shores. Among those surviving films was the long-lost Upstream (1927), the most-exciting discovery of the collection, a theatrical romantic comedy directed by John Ford that stars Nancy Nash and Earle Foxe.
National Film Preservation Foundation
2013 DVD edition
Lost & Found: American Treasures From the New Zealand Film Archive (1914-1929), black & white and color, 198 minutes total, not rated,
including Upstream (1927), color-toned black & white, 60 minutes, not rated.
National Film Preservation Foundation, distributed by Image Entertainment, NATD9472DVD, UPC 0-14381-94722-9.
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, ? 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, $24.98.
Release date: 24 September 2013.
Country of origin: USA
Upstream (1927) has been mastered from a very-good 35mm positive.
The film is presented with a music score written and performed by Donald Sosin with other musicians.
The supplemental material includes a 56-page booklet with a foreword by Leonard Maltin and film notes by Scott Simmon, a short documentary on the recording of the film scores by Donald Sosin (16:9 anamorphic), and more than 180 interactive screens.
With so many of these rare titles having been transferred from high-quality prints, we deem this a highly-recommended collection.
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