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Street Angel
(1928)

 

Frank Borzage’s circus drama, Street Angel (1928), is another teaming of director Borzage with Fox stars Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor (who had won the first Academy Award® for Actress for her combined performances in 7th Heaven and Street Angel, both directed by Borzage, and for Sunrise).

20th Century Fox
Home Entertainment
2008 DVD edition

Murnau, Borzage and Fox (1925-1932), black & white and color, ? minutes total, not rated,
including Street Angel (1928), black & white, 101 minutes, not rated.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,
35622, UPC 0-24543-56220-7.
Eight single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.19:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format; one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 1.19:1 aspect ratio image in full frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) MPEG-2 format; and three dual-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD discs, 1.19:1 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, 20 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 Street Angel (1928) has been mastered from a very-good Movietone 35mm duplicate print (the picture being cropped to an approximate 1.20:1 ratio).

The film is presented here with its original mono Movietone soundtrack.

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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British Film Institute
2009 DVD edition

7th Heaven (1927), black & white, 114 minutes, BBFC Classification PG,
with Street Angel (1928), black & white, 97 minutes, BBFC Classification PG.

British Film Institute, BFIVD618, UPC 5-035673-006184.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Region 2 PAL DVD disc, 1.19:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? 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, unknown suggested retail price.
Release date: 26 October 2009
Country of origin: England

This British Region 2 PAL edition has been mastered from a very-good Movietone 35mm duplicate print (the picture being cropped to an approximate 1.20:1 ratio). It is likely to be identical in visual quality to the Fox edition noted above.

The film is presented with its original mono Movietone soundtrack.

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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