Navarre Corporation has released a line of budget triple feature DVDs whose collective content spans from the silent era to latter day camp classics. The quality ranges from the usual budget video 16mm reduction prints to transfers of surprising quality (for budget video) from 35mm prints.
This collection contains three popular silent era horror and science fiction films that have been available for years in multiple DVD editions. — Carl Bennett
2002 DVD edition
Triple Feature Horror Classics, Volume 1 (1922-1927), black & white and color, 306 minutes total, not rated,
including Nosferatu(1922), black & white, 80 minutes, not rated, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) [1929 silent rerelease version], black & white and color, 107 minutes, not rated, and Metropolis (1927), black & white, 119 minutes, not rated.
Navarre Corporation, 1613, UPC 7-41027-16139-3.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, 2.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $9.98.
Release date: 12 March 2002.
Country of origin: USA
The principal attraction of this early DVD collection was the opportunity for casual silent-film collectors to acquire three well-known films for under ten dollars. Unfortunately, the films are not well represented here.
This collection of some of the best-known titles of the silent era also represents the most-abused silent films released on DVD. The quality of the film prints in this collection are as bad or worse than the other budget DVD editions. We feel that most buyers of this collection will be disappointed with the quality of these editions, even allowing for the modest cost. With high-quality DVD editions already available of Nosferatu and The Phantom of the Opera, and a high quality edition is on its way of Metropolis, I would encourage viewers to pass on this collection and spend the extra money for watchable home video editions of these films.
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