PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Discover a
time when the truest adventure had the wind at your back and an infinite horizon
all around. UNDER FULL SAIL: SILENT CINEMA ON THE HIGH SEAS proudly
collects five breathtaking films that preserve the romance, grandeur and allure
of windjammers sailing open waters, exquisitely photographed in the style of the
Theatrical Release: March 23rd, 1927
DVD Review: Flicker Alley - Region 0 - NTSC
|DVD Box Cover||
CLICK to order from:
|Distribution||Flicker Alley - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Silent (Music - Dolby Digital 2.0)|
the Horn in a Square Rigger (1933) - 16:19
It's hard not to admire Flicker Alley - they have their thing - they do it without excessive marketing fuss - and they do it very well.
The image quality is about what you may expect and if you haven't seen Flicker Alley's transfers of silent films before - you may be very impressed in certain segments. There is obviously scratches, other small blemishes and flickering contrast (but not too heavy). It is picture-boxed, slightly tinted, progressively transferred on a dual-layered disc and essentially establishes an impressive viewing - especially for fans of silent films.
This package is more of David Shepard's excellent production work and he states at Amazon: "The Yankee Clipper" failed commercially on its initial release and it's possible that the film was trimmed following its premiere; however, the version on the DVD is conflated from four different original source copies of the film and for it to be incomplete, the same footage would have to have been missing from all of them. Without shot-by-shot documentation of the original continuity it's impossible to claim that it's utterly complete, but certainly it is as complete as source material from three countries can make it!"
There are no subtitles offered and intertitles seem original and are in English (sample below). There is a new - occasionally rousing - music score by renowned organist Dennis James, in his solo DVD premiere, via an original-installation 1928 Wurlitzer pipe organ. Advertised as recorded at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. You may also access an audio reminiscence by Frank “Junior” Coghlan about the filming of The Yankee Clipper which I am sure some will find quite fascinating.
The other shorts (documentaries) also share the subject of sea-faring - and the three silent ones have newly created music scores. I especially enjoyed the ten-minute sequence from Down to the Sea in Ships with the dangerous whale hunting - part of the sea-faring culture of New England at the end of that era. It is amazing to imagine how they got those shots! There is also an enclosed 16-page booklet with photos and detailed program notes by film scholar and U.S. Navy marine engineer John E. Stone and an essay about the scoring of The Yankee Clipper by organist Dennis James.
It is very easy to succumb to the charms of these packages and settle yourself into the historical film era. I find the music scores really establish this well. In the modern world we can easy forget the ways of the past - beyond filmmaking but those involving vocations of the sea. Silent Era fans should have no qualms about indulging in this - another great package from an appreciated production company. I've actually included it in a pile to show bits to friends when they come over. We certainly recommend! Please keep up the great, and important, work Flicker Alley!