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|The Story of the
Thought to be the world’s first feature-length fiction film, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
|2006 Madman Films DVD edition
The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), black & white, 64 minutes total, Certification G.
Madman Films, MMA2567, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, one single-sided, single-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, chapter stops, snapper DVD case, $39.95 (Australian).
DVD release date: 7 April 2006.
Country of origin: Australia
|This edition has been mastered from Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive 35mm restoration of the surviving fragments of The Story of the Kelly Gang, at approximately 31 minutes, including intertitles and still images.
The edition, curated by Graham Shirley, includes two audio commentaries on the Australian and worldwide significance of the film (an informal conversation between Sally Jackson and Graham Shirley discussing the film’s restoration, and an international commentary by professor Ian Christie), along with optional soundtracks (a traditional piano score by Mauro Colombis and a new experimental score composed by Endorphin), alternate viewing modes, and an image gallery. The package includes a 208-page book on the restoration and importance of the film by Kelly historians Ina Bertrand and Bill Routt.
North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.
|This Region 0 PAL DVD edition is available directly from MADMAN FILMS.