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Three
Silent Classics by
Josef von Sternberg

(1927-1928)

 

Contents: Underworld (1927), The Last Command (1928) and The Docks of New York (1928).

coverThe Criterion Collection
2019 Blu-ray Disc edition

Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (1927-1928), black & white, 244 minutes total, not rated,
including Underworld (1927), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated, The Last Command (1928), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated, and The Docks of New York (1928), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection, unknown catalog number (spine number 528), unknown UPC number.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region A Blu-ray Discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame and pillarboxed 4:3 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive? scan AVCHD MPEG-4 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; three plastic BD trays in cardboard wrap with 96-booklet in cardboard slipcase, $99.95.
Release date: 8 October 2019
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-ray Disc collection of three late silent era films directed by Josef von Sternberg features new, restored high-definition digital transfers of each of the films.

Read our reviews of the individual films on our Underworld on home video, The Last Command on home video, and The Docks of New York on home video pages.

The collection features six musical scores to accompany the films: one full orchestral score each by Robert Israel for the three films, two scores for Underworld and The Last Command by the Alloy Orchestra, and a piano and voice piece by Donald Sosin and Joanne Seaton for The Docks of New York.

The collection’s supplemental material includes visual essays by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and film scholar Tag Gallagher, a 1968 Swedish television interview with Sternberg, and a 96-page booklet featuring the original film treatment for Underworld by Ben Hecht, essays by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, film scholar Anton Kaes, and author Luc Sante, and an excerpt on actor Emil Jannings from Sternberg’s autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry.

 
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coverThe Criterion Collection
2010 DVD edition

Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg (1927-1928), black & white, 244 minutes total, not rated,
including Underworld (1927), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated, The Last Command (1928), black & white, 88 minutes, not rated, and The Docks of New York (1928), black & white, 75 minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection, CC1911D (spine number 528), UPC 7-15515-05951-0.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame and windowboxed 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 8 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three plastic DVD trays in cardboard wrap with 96-booklet in cardboard slipcase, $79.95.
Release date: 24 August 2010
Country of origin: USA

This DVD collection of three late silent era films directed by Josef von Sternberg features high-definition digital transfers of each of the films.

Read our reviews of the individual films on our Underworld on home video, The Last Command on home video, and The Docks of New York on home video pages.

The collection features six musical scores to accompany the films: one full orchestral score each by Robert Israel for the three films, two scores for Underworld and The Last Command by the Alloy Orchestra, and a piano and voice piece by Donald Sosin and Joanne Seaton for The Docks of New York.

The collection’s supplemental material includes visual essays by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and film scholar Tag Gallagher, a 1968 Swedish television interview with Sternberg, and a 96-page booklet featuring the original film treatment for Underworld by Ben Hecht, essays by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, film scholar Anton Kaes, and author Luc Sante, and an excerpt on actor Emil Jannings from Sternberg’s autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry.

 
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.
 
United Kingdom: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
 
This Region 1 NTSC DVD edition is also available directly from THE CRITERION COLLECTION.
Other silent era JOSEF VON STERNBERG films available on home video.

Other CRIME FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by ROBERT ISRAEL available on home video.
Josef von Sternberg filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
 
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