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The Treasure
[Der Schatz]


This early feature from director G.W. Pabst features Albert Steinrück, Lucie Mannheim, Ilka Grüning and Werner Krauss.

Grapevine Video
2003 DVD edition

The Treasure (1923), black & white, 78 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, German language intertitles, permanent French language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
DVD release date: 2003.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 7 / audio: 7 / additional content: 7 / overall: 6.

This budget edition has been mastered from a French VHS videotape copy of a full-frame, natural-speed video transfer from a 35mm reduction print, with permanent French subtitles under German intertitles. Any fine image details in the 35mm print have been lost to the low resolution of VHS, rendering a picture that is equivalent to a very-good 16mm reduction print. The print features a reasonable range of graytones, but the overall picture is contrasty with deep shadows and some burnt-out highlights.

The film is accompanied by a full orchestral music score, with a persistent hiss, that was likely on the source VHS videotape copy utilized for the edition.

This DVD is currently unavailable, as sales of the edition were discontinued in July 2006.
Other silent era G.W. PABST films available on home video.

Other GERMAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

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