Lucrèzia Borgia (1935), black & white, 93 minutes, not rated,
with Au secours! (1924), black & white, 31 minutes, not rated.
Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5744FPDVD, UPC 0-14381-57442-5.
One single-sided, single-layered?, Region 0NTSC DVD 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 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, English language subtitles (Lucrèzia Borgia only), chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $24.99.
Release date: 4 July 2000.
Country of origin: USA
We have not viewed this DVD. Of the three films included on this DVD of Abel Gance’s Lucrèzia Borgia, we are only familiar with the pioneering avant-garde short film La folie du Docteur Tube, which has been available for several years on public-domain videotapes transferred from tolerable 16mm reduction prints.
The appearance of the first of Abel Gance’s films on DVD home video is quite welcome, and surprisingly beats a DVD edition of Napoléon (1927) to market. (Let us hope also that a DVD of the Francis Ford Coppola produced edition is neglected in favor of Kevin Brownlow’s recent restoration of that Gance epic.) We are certain that this DVD will aid viewers in a reassessment of Gance’s cinematic career.
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