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The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preorder

PostFri Apr 20, 2018 12:22 pm

The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) 1923
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER SALES PRICE: $29.95
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Baruch (Ernst Deutsch), the son of a rabbi, becomes fascinated by the theater. Against his father's wishes, Baruch leaves home and finds his way to Vienna, where an archduchess at the imperial court (Henny Porten) falls in love with him. She becomes his patroness, facilitating his successful career as a classical actor. But Baruch continues to long for home, and must find a way to reconcile his religious heritage with his love of secular literature. The movie paints a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity.
Now viewers can experience a film fundamental to German-Jewish history in its most complete form since 1923. Flicker Alley's deluxe Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition collector's set features two scores: an orchestral score by French composer Philippe Schoeller, and a second ensemble score by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals.
On SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2:15pm, at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, The Ancient Law will screen alongside live musical accompaniment performed by the Donald Sosin Ensemble with Alicia Svigals.
Additionally, on Thursday, May 31st, at 10:00am, Martin Koerber of Deutsche Kinemathek and Weimar film scholar Cynthia Walk will present a free talk - alongside other archivists - on the restoration of The Ancient Law.
E.A. Dupont's 1923 silent film The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz), is an important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna. Its authentic set design and ensemble of prominent actors are captured magnificently by cinematographer Theodor Sparkuhl.
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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostMon Apr 23, 2018 8:35 am

Is this being released also as a standard DVD?

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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostMon Apr 23, 2018 9:35 am

Danny wrote:Is this being released also as a standard DVD?

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The web page says it's a two disc package, blu-ray and DVD; all regions for each.

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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostTue Apr 24, 2018 10:41 am

Perhaps o/t but a screening is taking place in Toronto on 6 May with live musical accompaniment by pianist Donald Sosin and Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals, playing their newly- commissioned score for the film. Is this the North American premier of the restored film?
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PostWed Jun 06, 2018 8:39 am

I am still confused. What does BlueRay/DVD combo mean? I see no separate category for each. Is this being released as a standard DVD. or just Blue Ray?

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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostWed Jun 06, 2018 8:46 am

Danny wrote:I am still confused. What does BlueRay/DVD combo mean? I see no separate category for each. Is this being released as a standard DVD. or just Blue Ray?

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If it's a combo pack, then I assume it's both BLU and DVD disks (2 disks) like Ben Model's When Knighthood Was in Flower release in 2017.
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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostWed Jun 06, 2018 9:09 am

It means one of each in the same packaging.
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PostThu Jun 07, 2018 6:41 am

BD/DVD Combo packs are pretty common these days. Pressing a DVD is trivial in terms of costs so it's probably cheaper to just make one of each, sell them together and call it a day.

Criterion tried this for a few releases but went back to separate releases.
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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostThu Jun 07, 2018 7:31 pm

Having both BLU-Ray/DVD combo is convenient just in case one does not have a Blu-Ray player handy in different parts of the house.
The Ancient Law release came as a surprise to me, I'll be buying it, and hopefully there will be an announcement soon on the release date of Chronicles Of The Gray House & The Tower Of Silence.

I am so grateful to see many silents being available now and in wonderful prints.

Almost forgot... Rosita, judging for the clips on its restoration looks great. Please make a video release of that one soon. 8)
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Re: The Ancient Law (1923) E.A. Dupont: Flicker Alley preord

PostFri Jun 08, 2018 5:46 pm

The image quality on the BluRay is quite satisfyingly sharp and well graded as to grey scale. The acting and story are quite intense, and one can see how this inspired the Jazz Singer. The klezmer violin throbs a bit relentlessly for the ghetto scenes, but it is responsive to the story. Sosin's piano is fine except when accompanied by a synthesized orchestra. The Philippe Schoeller alternative score is rather abstract.

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