This drama from director Jean Renoir features Catherine Hessling and Pierre Champagne.
Lions Gate Entertainment
2007 DVD edition
Jean Renoir: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition (1925-1962), black & white and color, 580 minutes total, not rated,
including Whirlpool of Fate (1925), black & white, 72 minutes, not rated.
Lions Gate Entertainment, 21100, UPC 0-12236-21100-6.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC 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, French language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, 21 chapter stops, three-disc DVD keepcase in cardboard box, $24.98.
Release date: 24 April 2007.
Country of origin: USA
We recommend this inexpensive three-disc Jean Renoir set for its very-good to excellent prints that are all of better quality than previous editions on budget VHS videotape, and we recommend this edition of Whirlpool of Fate.
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Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10300-1.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 14 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $16.95 (reduced to $14.95).
Release date: 2007.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from a good 16mm reduction print, but the contrasty video transfer loses highlight details and has very dark, closed-up shadow details. It can be tough-going in sections.
The film is accompanied by a cobbled-together music score of preexisting orchestral music.
We cannot recommend this edition of Whirlpool of Fate since the better-looking edition from Lions Gate noted above has been released.
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.