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U.S. 1916

Directed by D.W. Griffith

 

After Birth of a Nation, what do you do for an encore, especially after said film has branded you a racist? D.W. Griffith, the silent era's "king of the world," mounted this melodramatic spectacle of "Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages," four stories that illustrate "how hatred and intolerance have battled against love and charity." Critic Heywood Broun, upon the film's release, probably said it best: "Quite the most marvelous thing which has been put on the screen, but as a theory of life it is trite." But what's on the screen is dazzling!

Griffith interweaves the four parallel stories set, respectively, in the modern era (fuddy-duddy reformers and a workers' strike), Jerusalem (Christ's crucifixion), 1572 Paris (a "hotbed" of persecution against the Huguenots), and ancient Babylon. No collection of silent films is complete without this landmark, awe-inspiring epic, which really does boast a cast of thousands (the most memorable of which is Constance Talmadge as the spunky Mountain Girl). The fall of Babylon ranks with one of the great action set pieces, complete with racing chariots, a nifty decapitation (at the hands of Elmo Lincoln, the man who would be Tarzan), and falls from what appear to be incredible heights. The edge-of-your-seat climax to the modern story, a race against time to save an innocent young man from the electric chair, is another bravura sequence.

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Theatrical Release Date: September 5, 1916

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Image - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Kino (Masterworks) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Eureka - Region 0 - PAL vs. Cohen Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Kino and Eureka DVD screen captures courtesy of Pavel Borodin Thanks Pavel!

 

1) Image - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Kino (Masterworks) - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - THIRD

4) Cohen Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Image

Region 0 - NTSC

Kino Video

Region 0  - NTSC

Eureka 
Region 0 - PAL
Cohen Media
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:57:36 3:17:13 2:57:36 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:47:20.530
Video 1.33 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 4.42 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 4.57 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 5.16
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,327,094,442 bytes

Feature: 45,722,656,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.16 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Image

 

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Kino

 

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Eureka

 

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Blu-ray

Audio English (Silent) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) English (Silent) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

English (Silent) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4053 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4053 kbps /
24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles Inter-titles: English Inter-titles: English Inter-titles: English Inter-titles: English
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• This DVD edition of "Intolerance" has been restored and reconstructed to 178 minutes with the original color tinting specifications and a digital stereo organ score by Gaylord Carter.
• Extra footage cut from the original release
• Copyright registration frames
• Publicity materials, background & production photos

DVD Release Date: January 19th, 1999
Snap Case

Chapters 36

 

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video (Griffith Masterworks edition)

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Sides: 1
Layers: 2

Intertitles: English

Studio: Kino International, USA

Special Features:
• Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
• Excerpts from Cabiria (1914) and • The Last Days of Pompeii (1914)
• Text excerpts from "Away with • Meddlers: A Declaration of Independence" and "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America," two pamphlets published by D.W. Griffith at the time of Intolerance's release
• Excerpt of The Fall of Babylon (1916), which offers an alternate (happy) ending to the Babylonian sequence
• About the score

 

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
 

Sides: 1
Layers: 2

Special Feature:
• For the first time, each individual story is also enabled for play in its entirety.

DVD Release Date: 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio:
Cohen Media

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Original Aspect Ratio) - 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,327,094,442 bytes

Feature: 45,722,656,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.16 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
 The Mother and the Law (1:39:32)
• The Fall of Babylon (1:02:34) - both accompanied by new scores by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra!
2013 Restoration trailer (2:09)
• Three Hours that Shook the World: Observations on Intolerance (19:02)

•  New essays by Cineaste editor Richard Porton and historian William M. Drew


Blu-ray Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 17

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Cohen Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray (October 2013): Wow... this is amazing. The 'newly-restored print' appearance in 1080P is an outstanding step beyond all the DVDs. Detail gains very impressively, but this is probably more a function of the layer contrast ability of HD. It makes the visuals sharper and removes the blown-out brightness of the SD renderings. It tends to show more information in the frame. So this has the best image - clearer, sharper and with extensively superior contrast and detail. It shows the most information in the frame and the entire film (Parts 1 + 2) is housed on one lone disc! LOL - fabulous!

 

NOTE: I was mistaken about the running time - the Cohen BD is actually 2:47:20.530

 

The Cohen Blu-ray features a new score by Carl Davis conducting the Luxemburg Radio Symphony Orchestra. It is offered in both a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a whopping 4053 kbps or a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps. I sampled both and the surround is quite potent almost overtaking the film with grand bas and crisp notes. It would be wonderful to listen to isolated. The LPCM is predictably flatter without as much of the dynamic range of the DTS-HD. I would suggest this might be more suitable to those seeking a more 'original' presentation experience, but the surround is highly impressive and should be tried. The intertitles are in English (sample below.)

 

Cohen add a second Blu-ray disc of supplements. Included are 2 D.W. Griffith 1919 features - the 1.5 hour The Mother and the Law (a re-edited version of the 'modern' story from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages.) and the hour-long The Fall of Babylon (A re-edited version of the Babylonian episode of Griffith's Intolerance) - both in 1080P and both accompanied by new scores by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra! We also get a 2013 Restoration trailer and 20-minutes of Three Hours that Shook the World: Observations on Intolerance with historian Kevin Brownlow. The package has new essays by Cineaste editor Richard Porton and historian William M. Drew.

 

I wasn't expecting this to look so improved, and sound so wonderful - plus there are important extras. It's an easy-must own Blu-ray in our opinion. Buy now.  

 

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ON THE DVDs (comments from 2002!): What color infusion tinting would you like your silent films in? Orange?, Blue?, Green?, Purple?

In most shots the Kino masterworks image quality is the sharpest, followed by the Eureka - PAL disc and the original Image Entertainment SD follows in third place for detail. My biggest problem is with the contrast boosting of the Eureka. It looks awful in comparison... far too bright.  Both the Eureka and the Image have been cropped vertically... approximately the same amount. The time is exactly the same for both indicating they are probably from the same print. The Kino is the obvious one to get with more detail and a host of nice extras.

NOTE: The Eureka PAL DVD is part of "D. W. Griffith - Monumental Epics" 4-disc Boxset, but should be the same as single edition

 - Gary W. Tooze


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Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0  - NTSC

Eureka 
Region 0 - PAL
Cohen Media
Region FREE - Blu-ray



 

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