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Berlin
Symphony of a Great City
(1927)

 
coverImage Entertainment
1999 DVD edition

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 62 minutes, not rated,
with Lichtspiel Opus I [Opus I] (1921), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID4673DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-46732-1.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC 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 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles (main titles only), no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $24.99.
Release date: 11 May 1999.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 7.
This early DVD edition of Walther Ruttmann’s hand-tinted experimental feature has been mastered from a very-good 35mm preservation print.

The film is accompanied by an orchestral music score.

The supplemental section adds Ruttmann’s experimental short Lichtspiel Opus I.

This edition is now out-of-print.

 
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coverEdition Filmmuseum
2008 DVD edition

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 65 minutes, not rated,
with Melodie der Welt (1929), black & white, 48 minutes, not rated, Lichtspiel Opus I [Opus I] (1921), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, Opus 2 (1922), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Der Sieger (1922), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Das Wunder (1922), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Opus 3 (1924), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Opus 4 (1925), black & white, 4 minutes, not rated, Das wiedergefundene Paradies (1925), black & white, 6 minutes, not rated, Der Aufsteig (1926), black & white, 4 minutes, not rated, Spiel der Wellen (1926), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Dort wo der Rhein . . . (1927), black & white, 3 minutes, not rated, Weekend (1930), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, and In der Nacht (1931), black & white, 7 minutes, not rated.

Edition Filmmuseum, 39, unknown UPC/EAN number.
Two single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, German language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, €29,95.
Release date: November 2008.
Country of origin: Germany
This PAL edition has been produced by Filmmuseum München, Arte, Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and the Goethe-Institut, München.

The film is presented with its original orchestral music score composed by Edmund Meisel.

The disc supplemental material includes DVD-ROM supplemental material (in German), including original documents by and about Walther Ruttman, program booklets and original scores, with photo galleries, a side-by-side comparison of surviving prints of Melodie der Welt, an audio feature on Walther Ruttman (86 minutes).

This high-quality edition is recommended to all with a PAL disc player. North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
This Region 0 PAL DVD edition is available directly from EDITION FILMMUSEUM.
Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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