This epic adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo was directed by Henri Fescourt, and stars Jean Angelo, Lil Dagover, Pierre Batcheff, the beautiful Marie Glory, and Bernhard Goetzke as the Abbé Faria.
Diaphana Edition Video, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2PAL 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, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, €24.98.
Release date: 16 October 2008.
Country of origin: France
This PAL DVD edition presents the 2006 reconstruction of the French release version of Monte-Cristo (1929). By far, this edition more complete than any other home video version of the film.
North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.
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Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10329-2.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC 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, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $12.95 (raised to $14.95).
Release date: April 2009.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition has been mastered from an extremely abridged English-language Pathéscope 9.5mm reduction print, which features several dialogue subtitles over the film’s action in addition to standard intertitles. Given the gauge of the source print, the full-frame, slightly faster than natural speed video transfer is reasonably good. While the print has a fair share of dust, speckling, scratches and emulsion wear, the slightly contrasty image is at times acceptably detailed and at others a bit soft. Highlight details are blasted out in places, but the print holds a reasonable range of middle greytones.
The film is accompanied by a serviceable cobbled-together orchestral score from film print sources.
Fans of Fescourt’s sweeping epic film won’t be happy with such a severely truncated presentation of the 24-reel production from a small-gauge print source, but for viewers unfamiliar with the film this edition offers an opportunity to whet their appetite for the French restoration version noted above.