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Wild Orchids
(1929)

 

This tragic MGM drama stars Greta Garbo, Nils Asther and Lewis Stone, set in exotic Java (Indonesia) and directed by Sidney Franklin.

coverWarner Archive Collection
2009 DVD edition

Wild Orchids (1929), black & white, 102 minutes, not rated.

Warner Home Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-83316-12572-4.
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, 4 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: April? 2009.
Country of origin: USA

This Warner Archive Collection edition appears to be a remastered edition for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies, but the soft picture details and other flaws make us wonder whether the master for the 1985 VHS videotape edition hasn’t been dusted off.

The film is presented with its original 1929 Movietone music score soundtrack.

Note that some collectors have experienced difficulties playing some DVD-R discs from the Warner Archive Collection. We experienced a problem with this disc on our main Blu-ray Disc reviewing player, as the disc wouldn’t play beyond the reviled FBI warning, but we experienced no problems playing the disc on another DVD player and the DVD drive in our Macintosh computer.

 
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