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The River
(1928)

 

Frank Borzage’s lyrical romantic tale, one of the great films of 1928, stars Charles Farrell and Mary Duncan (best remembered from F.W. Murnau’s City Girl).

cover20th Century Fox
Home Entertainment
2008 DVD edition

Murnau, Borzage and Fox (1925-1932), black & white and color, ? minutes total, not rated,
including The River (1928), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 35622, UPC 0-24543-56220-7.
Eight single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format; one single-sided, dual-layered, DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format; and three dual-sided, single-layered, DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, French, Spanish and English (sound films only) language subtitles, 16 chapter stops; clothbound binder with disc pockets in clothbound box, $239.98.
Release date: 9 December 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of Frank Borzage’s The River (1928) has been mastered from a good to very-good Movietone 35mm duplicate print (the picture being cropped to an approximate 1.20:1 ratio).

Some collectors have reported scuffed discs that are packaged in die-cut pockets within the binder, and problems playing the double-sided 7th Heaven/The River disc. This disc packaging choice has been a disturbing trend in larger boxsets like this one and the plastic-slipcased Hitchcock collection with their die-cut disc pockets within stiff cardboard pages. Our own copy of this set has presented no playback problems with the discs on a Panasonic BD player. Others have complained that the set is bulky at seven pounds and hard to handle, with its large binder and two full-size books.

 
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coverEdition Filmmuseum
2008 DVD edition

The River (1928), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated,
with The Pitch o’ Chance (1915), black & white, 25 minutes, not rated, The Pilgrim (1916), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated, Nugget Jim’s Pardner (1916), black & white, 25 minutes, not rated, and Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008), color and black & white, 105 minutes, not rated.

Edition Filmmuseum, 36, UPC/EAN 4-260100-330368.
Two single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0 PAL DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, optional German and French language subtitles, chapter stops; two-disc standard DVD keepcase, €19,95.
Release date: January 2008 (reissued August 2008).
Country of origin: Germany
This PAL edition has been produced by Cinémathèque Suisse, Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, and Filmmuseum München, reconstructing the 43 minutes of surviving footage combined with a scene from a Swedish print, still photographs and bridging intertitles.

The films are presented with music scores by Günter A. Buchwald performed on piano, violin and viola.

The supplemental material includes a stills archive from early Borzage films and The River, and DVD-ROM files including contemporary documents and information on The River and Borzage’s early films, including writings by Hervé Dumont.

This high-quality edition is recommended to all with a PAL disc player. North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition. Those who have NTSC-only players will want to acquire the Murnau, Borzage and Fox boxset noted above to collect The River and the Janet Bergstrom documentary on Murnau and Borzage.

 
This Region 0 PAL DVD edition is available directly from EDITION FILMMUSEUM.
Other silent era FRANK BORZAGE films available on home video.
 
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