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October
(1928)

 
coverImage Entertainment
1998 DVD edition

October (1928), black & white, 103 minutes, not rated.

Corinth Films, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID4576CODVD, UPC 0-14381-45762-9.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 DVD disc, full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 12 chapter stops, snapper DVD case (reissued in standard keepcase), $24.99.
DVD release date: 29 December 1998.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 6 / additional content: 0 / overall: 6

This early DVD edition, from Corinth Films (U.S. distributor of the film), has been transferred from a 35mm Russian preservation print at sound speed, which is notably faster than natural speed. The 1990s analog video transfer, originally prepared for the film’s release on laserdisc and VHS videotape, is often full of dark, deep shadows and distracting picture exposure fluctuations in the grayscale range that remains. The print itself is soft in its image details and contains the normal amount of dust, speckling and picture jitters, much of it hard-printed into the preservation print from the original source print. The Russian intertitles have been replaced with video-based English intertitles (some of them with awful typographical errors).

The film is accompanied by the modern Russian music score attached to commonly-available American distribution prints of the film.

This film needs desperately to be remastered from the best materials and released on home video at the proper speed and with balanced exposures. While not ideal, this is our current recommended home video edition.

 
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coverEureka Entertainment
2000 DVD edition

October (1928), black & white, 104 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entertainment,
unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, dual-layered?, Region 2 DVD disc, full-frame 4:3 PAL format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, Russian language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, £19.99.
DVD release date: 8 May 2000.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
This high-quality PAL edition has been mastered from a 35mm Russian language print.

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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Films-sans-frontières
2006 DVD edition

October (1928), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Glumov’s Diary (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Strike (1924), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Battleship Potemkin (1925), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Old and New [The General Line] (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Sentimental Romance (1930), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Que Viva Mexico! (1932), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Bezhin Meadow (1937), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Alexander Nevsky (1938), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Ivan the Terrible (1944), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Films-sans-frontières, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Four single-sided?, dual-layered?, Region 2 DVD discs, full-frame 4:3 PAL format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo? sound, Russian language intertitles, French and English language subtitles, chapter stops, four standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, €90,00.
DVD release date: 2006.
Country of origin: France
We have not viewed this edition, but have received reports that the visual quality ranges from very-good to excellent. This edition features a music score by Meisel.

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

 
This Region 2 PAL DVD edition is available directly from FILMS-SANS-FRONTIÈRES.
coverGrapevine Video
2003 DVD edition

October (1928), black & white, 103 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 DVD-R disc, full-frame 4:3 NTSC format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, Russian language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $9.95 (raised to $12.95).
DVD release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA
This budget edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print.

The film is likely accompanied by a soundtrack compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Other silent era SERGEI EISENSTEIN films available on home video.

Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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