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Sorrows of Satan
(1926)

 

This rare D.W. Griffith production stars Adolphe Menjou, Carol Dempster, Ricardo Cortez and Lya de Putti.

CryptFlicks
2003 DVD edition

Sorrows of Satan (1926), black & white, 90 minutes, not rated.

CryptFlicks, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 18 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $10.00.
Release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 2 / audio: 3 / additional content: 0 / overall: 2.

This DVD-R edition of the rare D.W. Griffith film has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of a full-frame video transfer from a 16mm reduction print. The low-resolution of the VHS source tape renders a poor, smeary picture that is hard to watch.

The presentation features a canned music score to accompany the film.

Not consistently available, and not at all good, this edition shows up for sale from time to time on eBay. This, unfortunately, is likely to be the best — gag! — DVD home video edition of this film.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from OBSCURE TREASURES.
Unidentified iOffer Retailer
2016 DVD edition

Sorrows of Satan (1926), black & white, 86 minutes, not rated.

Unidentified iOffer retailer, no catalog number, no UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 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 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $13.99.
Release date: 2016.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition of the rare D.W. Griffith film has likely been mastered from the same VHS videotape copy of a full-frame video transfer from a 16mm reduction print, as is currently available on the Internet Archive. That version appears to have been taken from the CryptFlicks edition noted above.

The film is noted as being accompanied by an organ music score.

This retailer also sells pirated editions of releases by Kino Lorber, Eureka Entertainment and The Criterion Collection on iOffer. Given the horrible quality of the known home video editions of this film, we would recommend that you download the Internet Archive files and burn your own horrible DVD-R edition rather than support questionably-legal retailers like this one.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly through iOFFER.
Other silent era D.W. GRIFFITH films available on home video.
 
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