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The Oyster
Princess

(1919)
 
2006 Kino International DVD edition

The Oyster Princess (1919), black & white, 60 minutes, not rated,
with I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1919), black & white, 45 minutes, not rated.

Kino International, K515, UPC 7-38329-05152-5.
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, 13 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 5 December 2006.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this edition, which has been mastered from the 35mm restoration print prepared by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung, reveals an excellent video transfer from an excellent 35mm source print.

The film is presented with a lively music score by Aljoscha Zimmermann.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD is also available directly from KINO LORBER.
2010 Eureka Entertainment DVD edition

Lubitsch in Berlin (1919-1921), black & white, color-toned black & white, and color and black & white, 581 minutes total, BBFC Classification PG,
including The Oyster Princess (1919), black & white, 60 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

Eureka Entartainment, unknown catalog number (MoC96), unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, six single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 2, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops, six slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, £49.99.
DVD release date: 25 January 2010.
Country of origin: England
This edition has been mastered from the same 35mm restoration materials prepared by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung as for the 2006 Kino International edition noted above.

Among the supplemental material is a short essay on the film by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.

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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Other silent era ERNST LUBITSCH films available on home video.

Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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