Milestone Film & Video, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID5932MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-59322-8.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 15 chapter stops, snapper DVD case, $29.99.
DVD release date: 14 December 1999.
Country of origin: USA
This edition presents a good natural-speed video transfer, originally prepared for VHS videotape release in the 1990s from a very-good 35mm preservation print that has been provided by the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, that generally features a broad grayscale range, but is a little blasted out in its highlights from time to time. Some intertitles in the full-frame transfer will be clipped off on some television monitors.
Reevaluating this DVD release with its older video transfer on high-definition equipment that upscales a standard 480-line interlaced NTSC signal up to a 1080-line progressive HD signal reveals how coarse the resolution of the disc’s transfer and encoding is, since the upconversion cannot hide the low-resolution lines in the picture image. The disc looks good enough on standard televisions, but collectors will want to upgrade this disc as soon as a new edition has been remastered to today’s standards.
The film is accompanied by a music score composed by Jeffrey Mark Silverman and performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
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