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Strike
(1924)
 

Sergei Eisenstein’s first feature-length film is a bold cinematic statement that is, in some aspects, more experimental and visually striking than his later works.

While the film is serious in subject matter, there are wonderfully broad comical elements of characterization and performance in the portrayals of the factory managers, the capitalists and their spies in the first of the five sections of the film.

The film takes a serious turn in the second part when a worker commits suicide on the factory floor, and the other workers initiate a spontaneous strike.

The film is entertaining on multiple levels with its touches of comedy, its pathos laden drama, and its intriguing visual inventiveness.

2011 Kino Classics Blu-ray Disc edition

Strike (1924), black & white, 89 minutes, not rated,
with Glumov’s Diary (1923), black & white, 4 minutes, not rated, and Eisenstein and the Revolutionary Spirit (2008), black & white and color, 37 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, K783, UPC 7-38329-07832-4.
Pillarboxed 16:9 MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, one single-sided Blu-ray 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, standard BD keepcase in cardboard slipcover, $34.95.
BD release date: 30 August 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been transferred in high-definition from the 35mm restored version by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse. As would be expected from older print materials, there is a noticable amount of film grain that is fully reproduced in HD here. However, the edition is quite pleasing with its high-definition transfer that well-balanced but a little dark across the grayscale range, nonetheless holding open shadow areas in the picture that were previously plugged-up in older video transfers. A few shots are distractingly jittery, with the picture jumping about in the frame. We wish that picture stabilization had been performed on the preservation materials or on the video transfer.

The edition is presented with new video-based English language intertitles.

Excellent musical accompaniment has been arranged from traditional Russian music by Rodney Sauer and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The music conveys proper mood throughout the presentation and significantly adds to the enjoyment of the film.

We highly recommend this Blu-ray Disc edition of Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike, which has never looked as good on home video as it does here.

 
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2011 Kino Classics DVD edition

Strike (1924), black & white, 89 minutes, not rated,
with Glumov’s Diary (1923), black & white, 4 minutes, not rated, and Eisenstein and the Revolutionary Spirit (2008), black & white and color, 37 minutes, not rated.

Kino Lorber, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-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, standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 30 August 2011.
Country of origin: USA
This edition has been transferred in high-definition from the 35mm restored version by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse.

Musical accompaniment has been arranged from traditional Russian music by Rodney Sauer and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
2010 Tartan Video DVD edition

Sergei Eisenstein: Silent Classics, Volume One (1924-1928), black & white, 255 minutes total, BBFC Classification 12,
including Strike (1924), black & white, ? minutes, BBFC Classification 12.

Tartan Video, unknown catalogue number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, three single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, DTS 5.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound and Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, Russian language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, £59.99.
DVD release date: 12 July 2010.
Country of origin: England
This collection of Sergei Eisenstein film has likely been mastered from 35mm materials.

The films are accompanied by music scores composed by Ed Hughes and performed by the New Music Players, conducted by Patrick Bailey, with two alternative vintage soundtracks for Battleship Potemkin, one composed by Kryukov, the other by Edmund Meisel.

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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2000 Image Entertainment DVD edition

Strike (1924), black & white, 94 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID4588DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-45882-4.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, 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, $29.99.
DVD release date: 25 July 2000.
Country of origin: USA
We have not viewed this DVD, but we have seen the film in its laserdisc edition.

This edition, prepared by David Shepard, has been transferred from a positive print struck from the original camera negative. And the disc features audio commentary by Russian cinema historian Yuri Tsivian. We are impressed by the new music score performed by The Alloy Orchestra.

 
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2006 Films-sans-frontières DVD edition

Strike (1924), black & white, ? minutes, not rated,
with Glumov’s Diary (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Battleship Potemkin (1925), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, October (1928), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Old and New [The General Line] (1929), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Sentimental Romance (1930), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Que Viva Mexico! (1932), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Bezhin Meadow (1937), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Alexander Nevsky (1938), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Ivan the Terrible (1944), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Films-sans-frontières, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 PAL, four single-sided?, dual-layered? DVD discs, Region 2, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo? sound, Russian language intertitles, French and English language subtitles, chapter stops, four standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, €90,00.
DVD release date: 2006.
Country of origin: France
We have not viewed this edition, but have received reports that the visual quality ranges from very-good to excellent. This edition features a music score by Meisel.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
This Region 2 PAL DVD edition is available directly from FILMS-SANS-FRONTIÈRES.
Other silent era SERGEI EISENSTEIN films available on home video.

Other RUSSIAN and SOVIET FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Sergei Eisenstein filmography in The Progressive Silent Film List
 
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