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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

1999 Criterion Collection DVD edition

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

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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2006 Editions Montparnasse 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.

2006 Reel Enterprises 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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