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19 September 2021

Eureka finds Masters of Cinema in EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1 (review)

Eureka explore a studio's early years with EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1.  In SKINNER'S DRESS SUIT, an office worker lies to his wife about getting a raise and is thrown into a series of mishaps when she spends it all.  In THE SHIELD OF HONOR, a father and son family of cops face different challenges at beginning and ends of their careers when they get involved in a jewelry heist.  In THE SHAKEDOWN, a boxer who throws fights must decide between making money and the love of a woman and a needy orphan.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1 Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One:
    • "Skinner's Dress Suit" (1926):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Leo Birenberg Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by film historian and writer David Kalat
  • Disc Two:
    • "The Shield of Honor" (1927): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Alex Kovacs Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney
    • "The Shakedown" 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Michael Gatt Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by film writer Nick Pinkerton
  • The first 2,000 copies come with a limited edition O-Card slipcase and a 27-page collector's booklet featuring writing by Richard Combs and Andrew Graves.

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