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Monsieur
Beaucaire

(1924)
 

Rudolph Valentino stars with Bebe Daniels and Lois Wilson in this Famous Players-Lasky production, directed by Sidney Olcott.

2011 Grapevine Video DVD edition

Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), black & white, 105 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? 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, $16.95.
DVD release date: November 2011.
Country of origin: USA

This remastered edition features a new video transfer from a 16mm reduction print. The transfer is noted as being brighter, with easier to read intertitles.

The film is accompanied by a music score by David Knudtson.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
2007 Grapevine Video DVD edition

Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), black & white, 114 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10288-2.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 18 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 2007.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 3 / audio: 4 / additional content: 0 / overall: 4.

This budget edition has been mastered from an older analog videotape transfer of a darker 16mm reduction print. Either the source print or the video transfer is soft in focus, making some picture details like insert typography, intertitles, and figures standing far from the camera in a group shot hard to discern. Portions of the print are lighter later in the film.

The film is accompanied by a music score compiled from preexisting orchestral recordings, some of them annoying pops from the scratched LP records, with an insert from a 78RPM gramophone recording of Rudolph Valentino singing.

The source print admittedly has some dark scenes in it, making viewing a challenge. Grapevine Video is offering to exchange or refund the purchase cost if viewers are unhappy with the edition.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition has been discontinued and is no longer available.
Other RUDOLPH VALENTINO films available on home video.
 
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