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Chess Fever
(1925)

 
coverFlicker Alley
2015 DVD edition

Bed and Sofa (1927), black & white, 87 minutes, not rated,
with Chess Fever (1925), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.

Flicker Alley, FA-MD3-006, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 5.0 stereo sound? and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
DVD release date: 18 March 2015.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered from a very-good to excellent source print and should be of identical quality to the 2004 Image edition noted below. Refer to our comments on that edition for an idea of what to expect from this DVD-R edition. This edition replaces the Image edition noted below.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by Rodney Sauer.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
coverImage Entertainment
2004 DVD edition

Bed and Sofa (1927), black & white, 87 minutes, not rated,
with Chess Fever (1925), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID5753DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-57532-3.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc (reissued on DVD-R disc), Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 5.0 stereo sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.99.
DVD release date: 9 March 2004.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of Chess Fever (1925) is presented from a very-good to excellent 35mm print, with both English intertitles and Russian intertitles on the alternate video angle.

The film is accompanied by new music performed on piano by Rodney Sauer.

This DVD includes audio commentary for Bed and Sofa by Julian Graffy, professor of Russian Literature and Cinema at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London, and author of Bed and Sofa: The Film Companion (I.B. Taurus Publishers, 2001).

The edition has been reissued on DVD-R disc.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverKino on Video
2003 DVD edition

Earth (1930), black & white, 69 minutes, not rated,
with The End of St. Petersburg (1927), black & white, 89 minutes, not rated, and Chess Fever (1925), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K298, UPC 7-38329-02982-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 13 May 2003.
Country or origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from 35mm materials that are of very-good quality. A decision on which edition with Chess Fever to purchase may be based on which films are packaged with it.

The film is accompanied by a music score composed and performed by Roger White.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
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