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Chess Fever
(1925)
 
2004 Image Entertainment 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, 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 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.

 
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2003 Kino on Video DVD edition

Earth (1930), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Chess Fever (1925), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Kino International, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided?, dual-layered? DVD disc, Region 1, ? 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, $29.95.
DVD release date: 13 May 2003.
Country of origin: USA
We have not viewed this DVD. We do assume, however, that either this edition from Kino or the one from Image will be of very-good to excellent quality. A decision on which edition with Chess Fever to purchase may be based on which films are packaged with it.

We hope to review both of these editions for you soon.

 
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.
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