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Moana
(1926)

 

Director/cameraman Robert J. Flaherty and wife Frances Hubbard Flaherty produced this feature-length documentary Moana (1926) on the Samoan people.

Decades later, daughter Monica Flaherty spearheaded a project to preserve the film and to produce a synchronized soundtrack to accompany the film.

coverKino Classics
2015 Blu-ray Disc edition

Moana (1926), black & white, 98 minutes, not rated,
with Twenty-Four-Dollar Island (1927), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K1808, UPC 7-38329-18082-9.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Regions ABC Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 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 BD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 8 December 2015.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 8 / additional content: 8 / overall: 8.

This Blu-ray Disc edition has been mastered from archival 35mm print elements.

The film is accompanied by a soundtrack of ambient sound, songs, spoken dialogue and sound effects — all recorded in the Samoan islands. While we did not advocate this kind of post-synchronization of sound to silent films, the results here are well-produced and give a heightened sense of place to the viewing experience.

This Blu-ray Disc edition of Moana is highly recommended.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region A Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region A Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverKino Classics
2015 DVD edition

Moana (1926), black & white, 98 minutes, not rated,
with Twenty-Four-Dollar Island (1927), black & white, 10 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition has been mastered from archival 35mm print elements.

The film is accompanied by a soundtrack of ambient sound, songs, spoken dialogue and sound effects — all recorded in the Samoan islands. While we did not advocate this kind of post-synchronization of sound to silent films, the results here are well-produced and give a heightened sense of place to the viewing experience.

 
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.
coverUnidentified
201? DVD edition

Moana (1926), black & white, 65 minutes, not rated.

Unidentified home video producer,
unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC 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, $22.00.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

Who knows whether the film is accompanied by a soundtrack of preexisting music recordings or if there is music at all?

We ask, why would you pay $22.00 for this edition when the Kino editions above are available around the same price point?

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
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