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F. W. Murnau Boxset

Sunrise (1927)       City Girl (1930)

Review : Carlotta - Region FREE - 2 Blu-rays (one DVD with supplements)

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Distribution Carlotta - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Film Sunrise City Girl
Runtime 1:34:22.698 / Czech version: 1:18:47.389 1:28:40.023
Video

Disc Size: 45,265,761,963 bytes

MovieTone version: 24,819,535,872 bytes

Czech version: 19,630,694,400 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 36,419,041,552 bytes

Feature Size: 22,249,715,712 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.80 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Sunrise Blu-ray

Bitrate: City Girl

Blu-ray

Audio LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1951 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1951 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles (English intertitles / Czech Intertitles) French, None (English intertitles) French, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Disc Size: 45,265,761,963 bytes

MovieTone version: 24,819,535,872 bytes

Czech version: 19,630,694,400 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Both MovieTone and Czech versions have there own Photo gallery and Bande-Announce on the Blu-ray
 

Dual-layered DVD

• Who was Murnau (12:20 in French)

• Murnau ou qu'est-ce qu'un cineaste (42:17 in French)

• Four Devils Traces of a Lost Film (40:54 in English)
• The Return of Murnau (26:00 - German - French subtitles)
• Rushes/Alt Scenes from Sunrise (8:52 - silent)
• Still gallery

Blu-ray Release Date: December 1st, 2010
3-tiered digipak
Blu-ray Case (see image above)
Chapters: 24 (both) 
 

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Disc Size: 36,419,041,552 bytes

Feature Size: 22,249,715,712 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.80 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

City Girl the Essence of America (27:23 in English)
Murnau and the Advent of Talkies (29:52 in English)
Le Mouvement meme de la pensee (27:32 - in French)
• Photo Gallery

Credits

Blu-ray Release Date: December 1st, 2010
3-tiered digipak
Blu-ray Case (see image above)
Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

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

ADDED: Carlotta - Region FREE Blu-ray -  November 2010: There is quite a lot to say here, but I will try to be as concise as I can. This package contains 2 Blu-rays (one with the two separate - not seamlessly branched) versions of Sunrise (MovieTone and the, cleaner, Czech version), while the other has City Girl with some extras and there is an included DVD with more, mostly Sunrise-related supplements - which we will address below. These are also region FREE discs playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Most are aware of the existing Masters of Cinema (UK) Blu-rays of both Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and City Girl. The Carlotta compares image quality very well - it is from the same sources (same damage/scratches/speckles) with slightly different transfers. Both titles and the Czech version of Sunrise are a bit darker looking a bit more like the contrast levels of the Fox DVDs - not as pronounced black levels and brightness as the MoC 1080P versions. Damage may appear less noticeable in the slightly darker image but so does grain. Technically it is pretty much a draw - MoC has slightly higher files sizes for both Sunrise versions - Carlotta has higher for City Girl (on a dual-layered disc as opposed to single-layered but this is because of the extras). It may simply come down to a preference of which you like better visually. City Girl remains the most impressive that any silent film will ever look on this format. Other differences:

1) Both have the original intertitles with Carlotta including optional French subtitles (NOTE: They default to 'with subs' and no menu option to change but they are removable with the 'SUBTITLE' button on your remote.)

2) Unfortunately for some, there are no English subs on the Czech language intertitles (on that, shorter, version of Sunrise).

3) Both have lossless scores (Christopher Caliendo 2008 - as same) with 5.1 DTS-HD Master for City Girl and linear PCM mono for Sunrise(s).

Both MovieTone and Czech versions have there own Photo gallery and 'Bande-Announce' on the Sunrise Blu-ray. On the included dual-layered DVD, we get mostly French language video extras (from Allerton Films) - like a dozen minutes of 'Who was Murnau?', and 45-minutes on 'Murnau ou qu'est-ce qu'un cineaste' ('Murnau or What is a Cineaste'?). We do get Janet Bergstrom's Four Devils Traces of a Lost Film (40:54 which is in English) as found on the MoC City Girl Blu-ray. There is also a weird 26-minute German film entitled 'The Return of Murnau' - with burned-in French subtitles. There are some silent rushes/alt-scenes (I think same as on MoC Sunrise but the UK disc has an optional commentary) running about 9-minutes and there is a stills gallery. We lose the full-length audio commentary by ASC cinematographer John Bailey on the Movietone Sunrise version (found on the MoC) and the 20-page illustrated booklet. On the City Girl Blu-ray there is some very good, English-friendly, supplements from the folks at Fiction Factory. 'City Girl; the Essence of America' is majority in English and runs close to 1/2 an hour - as does 'Murnau and the Advent of Talkies'. I appreciated seeing both. 'Le Mouvement meme de la pensee' ('The very movement of thought') for 1/2 hour in French. There is a 'Photo Gallery' and disc production credits. We lose the excellent full-length audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat and 40-page illustrated booklet with new writing and reprints that were part of the MoC package.

It is only natural to compare to the UK Blu-ray discs - pricewise (presently): the MoC's are £15.93 (Sunrise) + £15.93 (City Girl) = £31.86 = $49.66 USD. The Carlotta Murnau Blu-ray Box is EUR 33,49 = $44.34 USD. So there is a savings of about $5 USD but you need to weigh-in the other factors - of the additions of French subtitles (if required) and hour's worth of, English-friendly, Fiction Factory supplements, the lack of commentaries and no English subtitles on the Czech 'Sunrise' version (if necessary).

Gary W. Tooze

 



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(aka "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans")

directed by F.W. Murnau
USA 1927

The culmination of one of the greatest careers in film history, F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise blends a story of fable-like simplicity with unparalleled visual imagination and technical ingenuity. Invited to Hollywood by William Fox and given total artistic freedom on any project he wished, Murnau’s tale of the idyllic marriage of a peasant couple (George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor) threatened by a Machiavellian seductress from the city (Margaret Livingston) created a milestone of film expressionism.

Made in the twilight of the silent era, it became both a swan song for a vanishing medium and one of the few films to instantly achieve legendary status. Winner of three Oscars for Best Actress (Gaynor), Cinematography, and a never-repeated award for “Unique and Artistic Picture”, its influence and stature has only grown with each passing year. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a new 2xDVD and
Blu-ray special edition of the film, including an all-new alternate version recently discovered in a Czech archive of a higher visual quality than any other known source.

Excerpt from the Masters of Cinema website located HERE

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F. W. Murnau — invited to America by William Fox, the promise of complete artistic freedom, and a blank cheque — made Sunrise on the cusp of two eras: it represents the silent film at the peak of its poetic sophistication, and the sound film in its infancy. Fox told Murnau to take his time, to make any film he wished, and Sunrise was completed without any studio interference — as though with a dying flourish in a medium which at that moment had achieved a startling richness of expression. It was the swan song of the era.

Conceived by Murnau and written by Carl Mayer while they were both still in Germany, Sunrise takes a simple situation — the marriage of a peasant couple (George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor) from a country hamlet, invaded by a seductress from the city (Margaret Livingston) — and elevates it to the realm of fable, stripped of melodrama yet brimming with poetic impulses. George O'Brien becomes almost gothically depressed by his affair and plots a Dreiser-like boat accident for Gaynor, his sweet wife. This doom hovers and flits like moonlight over the rest of the film, which lithely tries to dodge it.

Murnau captivated the Americans with his legendary "invisible" tracking shots, and together with double exposures, expressive lighting, and distorted sets, the viewer is immersed in the fate of these simple characters. Sunrise won three Oscars at the very first Academy Awards ceremony honouring the 1927-1928 season. Janet Gaynor won for Best Actress; Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for Best Cinematography; and the film itself won a special Oscar for "Unique and Artistic Picture", the only time this award has ever been given. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this restored edition of what Cahiers du cinéma described as "the single greatest masterwork in the history of the cinema".out of

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Theatrical Release: September 23rd, 1927 - USA

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2) Eureka (Master of Cinema #1) - Region FREE - Blu-ray SECOND

3) Carlotta - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

3) (Eureka (Master of Cinema #1) Czech Version - Region 0 - NTSC FOURTH

4) (Eureka (Master of Cinema #1) Czech Version - Region FREE - Blu-ray FIFTH

5) Carlotta - Czech Version - Region FREE - Blu-ray SIXTH

5) (Eureka (Master of Cinema #1 ) - Region 2 - NTSC SEVENTH

6) 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC - EIGHTH

7) Eureka - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM

 


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Czech Version

 



 

Directed by F.W. Murnau
USA
1930

 

After the visual fireworks of Sunrise and the now-lost splendour of 4 Devils, F.W. Murnau turned his attention to this vivid, painterly study of an impulsive and fragile marriage among the wheatfields of Minnesota. During a brief stay in Chicago, innocent farmer’s son Lem falls for and weds Kate, a hard-bitten but lonely waitress. Upon bringing her home at the start of harvest time, the honeymoon soon turns into a claustrophobic struggle as they contend with the bitter scorn of his father and the invasive, leering jealousy of the farm’s labouring community. Tenderly romantic and tough-minded in equal measure, City Girl is one of cinema’s great pastorals, featuring some of the most delicate performances Murnau ever filmed and influencing directors such as Terrence Malick and Jean Vigo.

Taken from the MoC website HERE

Theatrical Release: February 16th, 1930

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