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5.0 out of 5 stars Windy Riley and the Region differences, 7 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Diary of Lost Girl [DVD] [1929] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] [2029] (DVD)
The beauty of this film and its eternal star have been well covered elsewhere, so here is just a short note on the differences between the European Region 2 Eureka! 'Masters Of Cinema' release and the US Region 1 Kino Video DVD.
Firstly, the original US DVD has the amazing bonus 1930 short (18 min.) feature "Windy Riley Goes Hollywood" which is currently the ONLY speaking Brooks film on DVD (we're not counting the cheap 'n' shoddy US DVD-Rs here). A spectacular little gem, that although somewhat degraded in both picture and sound, shows the beautiful Louise in talking and dancing brilliance. And she sounds like an angel. If only there'd have been more. This comedy gem was directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle after his criminal and unfair Hollywood blacklisting and was one of his final works too. Probobaly the best print of this short available.
The main feature is not as good as the Eureka Region 2 DVD (which is not going to be surpassed) but certainly looks great. Worth the money for "Windy Riley..." alone.
Of course, the Eureka Region 2 DVD is stunning. A fantastic looking print, great bonuses and an informative book ('booklet' doesn't do it justice). If you're a fan of Louise then I'd highly recommend both.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2014 12:32:08 BDT
Just wondering - is the film the same version for both Kino and Eureka? By that I mean is Eureka's copy the 'English' version or the longer 'German' version that Kino now offers (on DVD. The earlier Kino VHS was the English version). Pabst, as was common at the time, filmed two versions, with two completely different sets of takes for many shots (one review on US Amazon identifies as least 90 differences between the two). I haven't seen this film in years, and have no idea which one I've seen, but from what I've read the German version is the one to aim for (a certainty on region 1) - but then your review complicates matters by indicating that the region 2 version has the better quality print.....

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2014 16:14:34 BDT
D. Turner says:
Both prints look fantastic. Can't see much difference in quality here (to my eyes at least). There IS indeed a difference in running time. The US Kino version has "approximately nine extra minutes of previously censored footage never seen in the United States" (and a new score). Running times for both versions are:-
Eureka! Masters Of Cinema Series (Europe) - 107 minutes
Kino Video - 116 minutes
Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2014 21:10:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2014 21:12:43 BDT
Thanks D.Turner - it certainly does help! All things being equal I usually lean toward region 2 purchases, but this time around - Kino (and Windy Riley) it is. Cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 16:19:46 BDT
D. Turner says:
Cheers Andrew. Glad to help. I would emphasise though, that the Region 2 Eureka edition comes with a very impressive 40 page (!) booklet that includes 5 essays (including one that's composed of Louise's own words) and many photo's. Worth getting for this alone IMHO.
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