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Zaza
(1923)

 

Gloria Swanson stars as the lead character from the famed French play by Pierre François Samuel Berton and Charles Simon. Directed by Allan Dwan, the film features support from H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Lucille La Verne, Mary Thurman and Ivan Linow.

coverKino Classics
2017 Blu-ray Disc edition

Zaza (1923), black & white, 84 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K21222, UPC 7-38329-21222-3.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region A Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, LPCM 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard BD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 6 June 2017.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 7 / overall: 8.

This Blu-ray Disc edition, produced for home video by Robert Sweeney and Bret Wood, has been mastered from a very-good 35mm print with a moderate patina of print wear, speckling and the occasional scratch. While no digital image stabilization appears to have been performed, the picture is relatively stable with little movement within the frame. The high-definition video transfer produces a fairly filmlike picture, with more emphasis on reproducing the look of a film print than on getting a sharper image with a swarm of contrasty pixels (not film grain) — as in many early HD transfers of silent films — that emphasize a false sharpness over a more organic look. We laud this approach to reproducing a black & white HD image and the scanning system it was performed on.

The film is accompanied by an entertaining piano music score by Jeff Rapsis.

The supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi; and a 12-page insert booklet with promotional materials and an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.

Of course, we recommend this Blu-ray Disc as the best available home video edition of the film.

 
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coverKino Classics
2017 DVD edition

Zaza (1923), black & white, 84 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered?, Region 1 DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3? (720 x 480 pixels) progressive? 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, $19.95.
Release date: 6 June 2017.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition, produced for home video by Robert Sweeney and Bret Wood, has been mastered from a very-good 35mm print.

The film is accompanied by a piano music score by Jeff Rapsis.

The supplementary material includes audio commentary by author Frederic Lombardi; and a 12-page insert booklet with promotional materials and an essay by Imogen Sara Smith.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other silent era GLORIA SWANSON films available on home video.
 
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