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The Man
Who Laughs

(1928)

 

The highly-regarded Paul Leni film The Man Who Laughs (1928) stars Conrad Veidt as the disfigured Gwynplaine, hero of Victor Hugo’s novel.

The character is the acknowledged inspiration for Batman villain, The Joker.

Kino on Video
2003 DVD edition

The Man Who Laughs (1928), black & white, 110 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K310, UPC 7-38329-03102-2.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC 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, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 30 September 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Kino International has produced this edition from a recently-restored version of the film that combines two English language and Italian language nitrate original prints. Most of the intertitles have been inserted from a soft 16mm reduction print.

The DVD features a 20-minute documentary, informal footage of Veidt, Greta Garbo, Emil Jannings and Camilla Horn, a photo gallery, and exerpts from an Italian version of the film with hand-painted intertitles.

 
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Sunrise Silents
2004 DVD edition

The Man Who Laughs (1928), color-tinted black & white, 144 minutes, not rated.

Sunrise Silents, TMWL-N (NTSC) or TMWL-P (PAL), no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC or PAL DVD-R 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $21.95.
Release date: October 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This edition from Sunrise Silents includes the original Movietone soundtrack of synchronized music and sound effects.

The film is likely accompanied by a music score performed on MIDI synthesizer.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other silent era CONRAD VEIDT films available on home video.

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

 
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