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Where
East is East

(1929)

 

This tense drama, directed by Tod Browning, stars Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, Estelle Taylor and Lloyd Hughes.

coverWarner Archive Collection
2012 DVD edition

Where East is East (1929), black & white, 66 minutes, not rated.

Warner Home Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-83316-48527-9.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $17.95.
Release date: April 2012.
Country of origin: USA

This Warner Archive Collection DVD-R edition is available directly from the Warner Home Video website, as originally prepared for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies.

The film is accompanied by the original synchronized sound orchestral music score.

 
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CryptFlicks
200? DVD edition

Where East is East (1929), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated,
with Midnight Faces (1926), black & white, 54 minutes, not rated.

CryptFlicks, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R 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, 8 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 200?.
Country of origin: USA

This cheapy DVD-R edition of this rare Lon Chaney film has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of a full-frame video transfer of a 16mm reduction print. Some scenes are too light, some scenes are too dark. Not good viewing. Also, a small, grey “cf” logo appears at times in the lower right-hand corner of the picture. This is supposed to discourage video pirates; which is funny, as this video transfer was likely ripped-off from some other video company for this DVD edition.

The film is accompanied by a disjointed selection of preexisting music recordings that are haphazardly assembled, regardless of the current action of the story.

Not recommended, and not that easy to find.
Other silent era LON CHANEY films available on home video.

Other silent era LLOYD HUGHES films available on home video.

 
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