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Nanook of
the North

(1922)

 

Most everyone who has sat through a high school English or social studies class has seen this film, the most widely recognized silent documentary.

Director/cameraman Robert J. Flaherty endured years of hardship in frozen Canada to produce this initimate portrait of an Eskimo fisherman and his family, Nanook of the North (1922). — Carl Bennett

Flicker Alley
2013 Blu-ray Disc edition

Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Other Films of Arctic Life (1913-1959), black & white and color, 281 minutes total, not rated,
including Nanook of the North (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Captain Kleinschmidt’s Arctic Life (1913), black & white, 15 minutes, not rated, Primitive Love (1927) [excerpts], black & white, 32 minutes, not rated, Dwellings of the Far North (1928), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, The Wedding of Palo [Palos Brudefaerd] (1934), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Eskimo Hunters of Northwest Alaska (1949), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated, Face of the High Arctic (1959), black & white, 14 minutes, not rated, and Nanook Revisited (Saumialuk) (1988), black & white, 64 minutes, not rated.

Flicker Alley, FA0028, UPC 6-17311-67809-7, ISBN 1-893967-80-8.
Pillarboxed 16:9 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, two single-sided, dual-layered Blu-ray Discs, Regions ABC, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, dual-disc BD keepcase, $44.95.
DVD release date: 19 March 2013.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been mastered

This edition of Nanook of the North is highly recommended.

 
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The Criterion Collection
1999 DVD edition

Nanook of the North (1922), black & white, 79 minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection, CC1549D, UPC 7-15515-00982-9.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 26 January 1999.
Country of origin: USA

This early DVD edition, produced by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates, has been digitally transferred from high-quality 35mm print materials.

The presentation features a music score composed and directed by Timothy Brock.

Supplemental features include exerpts from an National Educational Television documentary series on Robert J. Flaherty featuring an interview with his wife Frances Flaherty (8 minutes), and still photos.

 
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Editions Montparnasse
2006 DVD edition

Robert Flaherty (1922-1948), black & white, ? minutes total, not rated,
including Nanook of the North (1922), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Man of Aran (1934), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Land (1942), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Louisiana Story (1948), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Editions Montparnasse, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, three single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 2, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo? and mono sound, English language intertitles?, French language subtitles?, chapter stops, three standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase?, €33,99.
DVD release date: 8 November 2006.
Country of origin: France
This French boxset of Nanook of the North also includes three other Flaherty documentaries.

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

Reel Enterprises
2006 DVD edition

Nanook of the North (1922), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated.

Reel Enterprises, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered? DVD 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, $9.95.
DVD release date: 13 November 2006.
Country of origin: USA
This budget-edition disc may be mastered from 16mm reduction print materials. A logomark may appear in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture throughout.

Better to consider the Criterion edition noted above.

 
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