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People on Sunday
(1929)
 

The original nitrate negative of People on Sunday (1929) is presumed lost, and no complete copy of the film exists. The film was reconstructed by the EYE Film Instituut Nederland, and their restoration version contains scenes missing from other surviving prints of the film.

2011 Criterion Collection Blu-ray Disc edition

People on Sunday (1929), black & white, 73 minutes, not rated,
with Ins Blaue hinein (1931), black & white, 36 minutes, not rated, and Weekend am Wannsee (2000), color and black & white, ? minutes, not rated

The Criterion Collection, CC2023BD (spine number 569), UPC 7-15515-08291-4.
Pillarboxed 16:9 MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, one single-sided Blu-ray Disc, Region A, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops, standard BD keepcase, $39.95.
BD release date: 28 June 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This high-definition edition features a new HD digital restoration, created in collaboration with the Filmmuseum Amsterdam. This edition features a new and improved English language subtitles translation.

The film is presented with two accompanying music scores — a small orchestra score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and a modern composition by Elena Kats-Chernin performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in uncompressed stereo soundtracks.

The disc is supplemented by Weekend am Wannsee (2000), Gerald Koll’s documentary about People on Sunday, featuring an interview with star Brigitte Borchert, Ins Blaue Hinein (1931) a thirty-six-minute short by People on Sunday cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan, a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Noah Isenberg, and reprints by scriptwriter Billy Wilder and director Robert Siodmak.

 
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2011 Criterion Collection DVD edition

People on Sunday (1929), black & white, 73 minutes, not rated,
with Ins Blaue hinein (1931), black & white, 36 minutes, not rated, and Weekend am Wannsee (2000), color and black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection, CC2023, UPC 7-15515-08291-4.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, 2.0 stereo sound, German language intertitles, English language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 28 June 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This edition features a new high-definition digital restoration, created in collaboration with the Filmmuseum Amsterdam. This edition features a new and improved English language subtitles translation.

The film is presented with two accompanying music scores — a small orchestra score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and a modern composition by Elena Kats-Chernin performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in uncompressed stereo soundtracks.

The disc is supplemented by Weekend am Wannsee (2000), Gerald Koll’s documentary about People on Sunday, featuring an interview with star Brigitte Borchert, Ins Blaue Hinein (1931) a thirty-six-minute short by People on Sunday cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan, a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Noah Isenberg, and reprints by scriptwriter Billy Wilder and director Robert Siodmak.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
2005 BFI Video Publishing DVD edition

People on Sunday (1929), black & white, 73 minutes, Classification E,
with This Year – London (1951), black & white, 25 minutes, not rated.

BFI Video Publishing, BFIVD648, UPC 5-035673-00648-1.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, one single-sided, dual-layered? DVD disc, Region 2, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English? language intertitles, no? foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, £19.99.
DVD release date: 25 April 2005.
Country of origin: England
This edition utilizes the EYE Film Instituut Nederland reconstruction version for its source materials, features a new music score by Elena Kats-Chernin, and includes a 12-page booklet of information about the film, with notes by film historian Philip Kemp.

The disc also includes This Year — London (1951), a British short film that documents the annual holiday outing of the employees of a Leicester-based shoe factory.

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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