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In the audio department, the DVD gives you a nice stereo mix, but that's it. BFI's blu gives you the original mono track as well as the stereo mix. And both are naturally lossless LPCM tracks on the blu. Neither release has subtitles, and if you're wondering, the Kino release doesn't either. Sorry, hearing impaired fans!
The Devils), but he's got plenty of great, funny stories anyway. actress Lynn Seymour, who wasn't in Valentino but starred opposite the real Valentino, gives a brief but nice, audio-only remembrance of the silent film star as well.
Then you get into the vintage stuff, including a very interesting television interview with Rudolf Nureyev. As for Russell himself, there's an 89-minute audio only interview which they play as a second audio commentary over the film. He only briefly mentions Valentino, but for Russell fans, there's a lot about his other work, including Gothic, which he had just filmed at the time. Then BFI goes definitive, giving you lots of extra odds and ends from their vaults, including 9 minutes of original newsreel footage of Valentino's funeral in HD, some of which was used in the film's opening credits. And they give you the opening and closing credit footage with the titles printed over them. And there's a stills gallery, two widescreen trailers and 6 TV spots (one missing sound). It also comes with an 18-page booklet, including notes by Paul Sutton, author of Talking About Ken Russell.