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Crainquebille
(1923)

 

Maurice de Féraudy stars as old Crainquebille in this beloved Jacques Feyder film, with charming support from young Jean Forest.

coverHome Vision Entertainment
2006 DVD edition

Rediscover Jacques Feyder, French Film Master (1921-1925), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 163 minutes, not rated,
including Crainquebille (1923), color-tinted black & white, 77 minutes, not rated.

Home Vision Entertainment, distributed by Image Entertainment,
HVE3520DVD, UPC 0-14381-35202-3.
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD discs, 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, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc DVD keepcase, $49.99.
Release date: 24 October 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this NTSC DVD edition, originally produced for home video by Lobster Films, Paris, reveals a full-frame, natural-speed video transfer from a very-good to excellent 35mm source print, restored in 2005 by Lenny Borger and Lobster Films. Tonal ranges are generally broad, with highlight and shadow details well-maintained in this transfer that looks great on standard and high-definition television equipment.

The film is accompanied by a music score by Antonio Coppola, performed by the Octuor de France.

At first blush, this three-disc Jacques Feyder set is enthusiastically recommended.

 
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Arte Edition
2006 DVD edition

Crainquebille (1923), color-tinted black & white, 117 minutes, not rated.

Arte Edition, 854, UPC 4-021308-88854-7, ISBN 3-89848-854-3.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL 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, French language intertitles, optional German, English and Dutch language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 2006.
Country of origin: Germany
This PAL DVD edition, produced by Lobster Films, features a full-frame, natural-speed video transfer from a very-good to excellent 35mm source print, restored in 2005 by Lenny Borger and Lobster Films. Tonal ranges are generally broad, with highlight and shadow details well-maintained in this transfer that looks great on standard and high-definition television equipment.

The film is accompanied by a music score by Antonio Coppola, performed by the Octuor de France.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

Other silent era JACQUES FEYDER films available on home video.

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

 
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