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Whirlpool
of Fate

(1925)

 

This drama from director Jean Renoir features Catherine Hessling and Pierre Champagne.

coverLions 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 1 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, 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

This NTSC edition of Whirlpool of Fate (1925) has been mastered from a good to very-good 35mm print.

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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coverGrapevine Video
2007 DVD edition

Whirlpool of Fate (1925), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10300-1.
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, 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.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is also available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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